True Self
Group Exhibition
curated by Gary Baseman

Gallery I

October 24, 2009 through November 21, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2009) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce True Self, a group exhibition of new works by over 40 artists, brought together by represented artist and special guest curator Gary Baseman. The theme has been left open to encourage individual interpretation and there are no size or medium restrictions, so that each participating artist has complete creative freedom on the subject at hand.

In the curator’s words: “In this exhibition, I have invited a group of painters, photographers, and sculptors, to look deep inside themselves and create an image that they feel represents their own passion or obsession. They might imagine themselves as anyone or anything—a wolf, a cupcake, a mermaid, even a skyscraper. I am requesting each artist to create an artwork that represents his or her true self. I am not asking for (nor do I want) a self-portrait. Rather, I’m requesting that the participating artists pick an icon, metaphor, or symbol that they feel represents their true essence. The desired result is a breaking of boundaries to allow a space and time where we can discover, accept, and love our true selves, feeling nirvana and heaven on earth.”

*More artists and works to come*
Partial list of participating artists include:

Adam Wallacavage
Alex Prager
Amor Muñoz
Boris Hoppek
Clayton Brothers  
Cleon Peterson
Dave Cooper
David Sandlin
Deedee Cheriel
Eric White
Esther Pearl Watson
Fons Schiedon
Frieda Gossett
Gary Baseman
Gary Taxali
Gérard DuBois
Gretchen Ryan
James Jean
James Marshall (Dalek)
Jonathon Rosen
Josh Agle (Shag)
Korin Faught
Lauren Bergman
Leah Hayes
Lola  
Luke Chueh
Marion Peck
Mark Ryden
Mark Todd
Martha Rich
Mike Shinoda
Miso  
Natalia Fabia
Orly Cogan
Robin VanValkenburgh
Ron English
Ryan Heshka
Ryan Jacob Smith
Shannon Freshwater
The London Police  
Tim Biskup
Travis Lampe

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Adam Wallacavage

Adam Wallacavage was born in 1969. He currently lives and works in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia where he received a BFA in Photography in 1995. In 2001, Wallacavage taught himself the art of ornamental plastering and began making octopus shaped chandeliers. His chandeliers have been exhibited in galleries in São Paulo, Rome, London, Miami, Los Angeles, Vienna and New York. In 2012, Wallacavage had a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance titled Shiny Monsters. His chandeliers have been featured in publications such as The New York Times, New York Times Magazine, New York Magazine and TIME Magazine. Beyond making sculptural works, Wallacavage is also an accomplished photographer. In 2006, Gingko Press published Monster Size Monsters, a book documenting fifteen years of his photography.

Cleon Peterson

CLEON PETERSON was born in 1973 in Seattle, Washington.  He received a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and an M.F.A. from The Cranbrook Academy in Michigan.  Cleon’s chaotic and violent paintings show clashing figures symbolizing a struggle between power and submission in the fluctuating architecture of contemporary society.  His works are monochromatic and channel the fashion sensibility of the early 1980's, complete with skinny ties and day glow colors.  Peterson's nightmarish tableaux’s feature scenes of a barbaric holocaust, where might is right and the weak are merely souls with holes for the strong to torment and abuse.  The work forces us to ask of ourselves some of the most pertinent questions plaguing Western society, such as is there any genuine good in the world?  He currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Dave Cooper

Dave Cooper was born in 1967 in a small fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is currently based in Ottawa, with his wife and two children. Cooper is a self-taught artist, inspired by artistic mentors in his youth. He enjoyed a successful career in the American underground comic scene of the late 1990’s as the author/illustrator of award-winning graphic novels and as a designer, producer, and creator in the field of animation. In 2003, the artist decided to focus his energies on oil painting and refining his fine art. In the years since, his artwork has been exhibited at galleries in New York, Los Angeles and Paris. He has released two books featuring his oil paintings and a third is on the way, with introductions written by Hollywood celebrity collectors including comedic actor David Cross, as well as filmmakers David Cronenberg and the Oscar-nominated writer/director of Pan's Labyrinth, Guillermo del Toro.

Eric White

Eric White was born in 1968 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1990. White currently lives and works in New York City.  He has served as adjunct professor at The School of Visual Arts since 2006. In 2010, White received a Painting Fellowship from The New York Foundation for the Arts. White’s work has been featured in exhibitions in museums including the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York, the Laguna Art Museum in California and MACRO Museum in Italy. His work has also been exhibited extensively in galleries around the world including Copenhagen, Brussels, New York, Miami, Hamburg, Los Angeles and Paris.

Gary Baseman

Gary Baseman was born in 1960 in Los Angeles, California, where he currently resides. In 1982, he received a BA from UCLA in Los Angeles. He works in fine art, illustration, toy design and film/television. Hi works has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Rome, Taipei, Bristol, Barcelona, Berlin and São Paulo. In 2013, his first museum survey, Gary Baseman: The Door is Always Open, was held at the Skirball Center in Los Angeles, a catalog of the exhibition was published by Rizzoli. He also recently had an installation at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, a two-man show at Laguna Art Museum and a performance at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). He is the creator and executive producer of Teacher’s Pet, a critically acclaimed animated series and film, winner of multiple Emmy awards. Baseman’s work can be seen in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and on the best-selling board game Cranium.

Gary Taxali

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India and raised in Toronto, Canada. In 1991, Taxali graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD). Taxali is an award winning illustrator and his fine artwork has been exhibited in galleries in the United States and Europe as well as museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Contemporary Art Museum in Rome. In 2011, two books of his work were released: Mono Taxali, published by 279 Editions, and I Love You, OK?, published by teNeues. In 2012, The Royal Canadian Mint released a special edition of six 25¢ coins which feature Taxali’s artwork and typography.

James Marshall (Dalek)

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.

Josh Agle (Shag)

Josh Agle, also known as Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) was born in 1962. He is a painter, illustrator and designer, currently based in Los Angeles. Agle has had numerous gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His work has been featured in museums such as the Laguna Art Museum in California, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania and the Naples Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy. Agle’s exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times’ critics Ken Johnson and Roberta Smith. His artwork has been published in several books, been the subject of a documentary film, as well as a musical.

Natalia Fabia

Natalia Fabia was born in 1983 in Burbank, California, and is currently based in Los Angeles. In 2007, she graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Venice, Bristol, Basel and Miami. Fabia has appeared in publications such as Elle Magazine, Nylon Magazine and The Huffington Post.

Ray Caesar

Ray Caesar was born in 1958 in London. At an early age, his family moved to Toronto, Canada, where he currently resides. From 1977—80 he attended Ontario College of Art, followed by 17 years from 1980—96 working in the art & photography department of the Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, documenting disturbing cases of child abuse, surgical reconstruction, psychology, and animal research. Coupled with inspiration from surrealists Kahlo and Dali, Caesar’s experiences at the hospital continue to influence his artwork. His haunting imagery is created digitally using 3D modeling software called Maya, mastered while working in digital animation for television and film industries from 1998—2001. In 1999, Caesar received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Special Effects in a series.

Adam Wallacavage

 

Alex Prager

 

Amor Muñoz



Boris Hoppek





Clayton Brothers  











Cleon Peterson



Dave Cooper

 

David Sandlin

 

Deedee Cheriel



Eric White

 

Esther Pearl Watson

 

Fons Schiedon

 

Frieda Gossett



Gary Baseman

 

Gary Taxali

 

Gérard DuBois

 

Gretchen Ryan

 

James Jean

 

James Marshall (Dalek)

 

Jonathon Rosen

 

Josh Agle (Shag)

 

Korin Faught

 

Lauren Bergman

 

Leah Hayes

 

Lola  

 

Luke Chueh

 

Marion Peck

 

Mark Ryden

 

Mark Todd

 

Martha Rich

 

Mike Shinoda

 

Miso  

 

Natalia Fabia

 

Orly Cogan

 

Robin VanValkenburgh

 

Ron English

 

Ryan Heshka

 

Ryan Jacob Smith





 

Shannon Freshwater

 

The London Police  

 

Tim Biskup

 

Travis Lampe

 

 
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