Desperate, Rejected & Angry
March 31, 2007
through April 28, 2007
NEW YORK, NY – Jonathan LeVine Gallery is proud to announce Desperate, Rejected & Angry, a solo exhibition of new paintings by DALEK. The exhibition will be on view from March 31st through April 28, 2007. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 31st from 7pm - 9pm.
For Desperate, Rejected & Angry, DALEK formulates shapes found in the natural and mechanical world to create a continuous, abstract narrative. Drawing on wood panel and then painting in a dramatic color scheme, DALEK’s familiar characters form a subtle dialogue juxtaposed with darker backgrounds. For his new works, DALEK achieves a delicate balance of form amidst a hostile, violent and bleeding world. Each painting becomes an excerpt for an ambiguous story, unfolding notions of human survival.
DALEK (aka James Marshall) is a Brooklyn-based artist. His Space Monkey character was born out of graffiti, but quickly transcended the genre into paintings, toys, silkscreens and housewares. A self-taught painter, DALEK discovered graffiti in 1994 in the rail yards of California and later Chicago. In addition to working as an assistant to Takashi Murakami, DALEK’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States and in Japan, England, Canada and France. He has also exhibited in London’s Apart Gallery and in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Washington. DALEK received a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995. In 2003, Gingo Press published DALEK – Nickel Plated Angels, written by Roger Gastman. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including Tokion Magazine, NY Press, deviantART, Sacramento News and Review, Juxtapoz magazine, Art Week, Art Papers, Wall Street Journal, Rolling Stone, and NYArts Magazine.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
James Marshall is a painter who currently lives and works in North Carolina. He was raised in a military family who moved frequently along the East Coast throughout his childhood and later lived in Hawaii and Japan. In his youth, Marshall turned to punk rock, skateboarding and graffiti subcultures for inclusion and identity. His Space Monkey character was born out of graffiti, which he discovered in 1994 in the rail yards of California and later in Chicago. After an education in anthropology and sociology, followed by receiving a BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995, Marshall worked under the name Dalek to merge street art with influences from animation, Japanese pop, and the energy of the urban punk scene. In 2001, he reached a major turning point in his studio practice while working as an assistant/apprentice to the world-renowned artist Takashi Murakami. Marshall’s work has been shown in galleries and museums across North America, Europe and Japan.