Beach Blanket Bingo - A Summer Mixer
Group exhibition featuring
work by over 30 artists

August 5, 2009 through August 22, 2009

NEW YORK, NY (July 21, 2009) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Beach Blanket Bingo, A Summer Mixer. This group exhibition features new works by a total of over thirty artists—some local, others International; some represented, alongside others who will be showing at the gallery for the first time.

Like the broad spectrum of humanity one might find sunbathing on the sand of a summer seashore, the collection of artists participating in Beach Blanket Bingo runs the gamut, showcasing a visually diverse mixture of emerging and established talent. Works in the show include original paintings, drawings, and sculptures created using an array of mediums in a vast range of different styles.

Beach Blanket Bingo will take over the entire gallery space for a two and a half week period, during what is normally the off-season in Chelsea. This August, Jonathan LeVine Gallery welcomes visitors to experience a unique grouping of artists, some of which have never before shown together.

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

Adam Wallacavage
AJ Fosik
Alex Hornest
Ana Bagayan
Andrew Foster
Anthony Lister
BAST  
Cleon Peterson
Dan Witz
Dave Cooper
David Ellis
ELBOW-TOE  
Erik Mark Sandberg
EZO  
Glenn Barr
Jack Long
Jean Labourdette (Turf One)
Korin Faught
Logan Hicks
Louie Cordero
Martin Wittfooth
Matt Haber
Meredith Dittmar
Natalia Fabia
Nicola Verlato
Rich Jacobs
Richard Colman
Rick Froberg
Ron English
Scott Radke
Seonna Hong
Skinner  
Xiaoqing Ding
 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

BAST  

BAST is an artist whose roots are as much tied to Brooklyn as rice is to China. He was raised on a healthy dose of break dance culture, learning form the streets and gaining fame by gracing its walls. With roots planted firmly in the pavement it is easy to see why destruction and precarious situations are often depicted in his work. The medium is addressed the same way, treated as if it had been left out in the rain, then beaten to a pulp before being brought inside and nursed back to health.

BAST’s work continually incorporates a smug sense of humor; twisted story lines and his own spin on Americana. Guns, grenades and Molotov cocktails are often waiting to be unleashed by a host of Disney and Warner Brothers’ characters that use their weapons as carelessly as kids use water balloons, often asking the question, “What if cartoon characters ruled the world?”

Like the dozens of eyes that often grace the faces of BAST’s characters, he too seems to have the need for more than one pair. His images are an eclectic montage of pop culture, legal action and guerilla warfare that still retain a sense of immediacy.

Glenn Barr


GLENN BARR

 

 

EDUCATION

 

College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

 

2005                Pop-A-Razzi – A Group Show, DC Gallery, Denver, CO

                        Pop Pluralism, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY

                        Contemporary Culture, City of Brea Gallery, Brea, CA

                        The 6th Annual Dirty Show, Tangent Gallery, Detroit, MI

                        Static Cineman, C-Pop, Detroit, MI

2004                Haunted World, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

                        Ghost World, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA

                        Glenn Barr, Paintings and Prints, Ox-Op Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

                        The Dunny Show, presented by Kid Robot, Visionaire Gallery, New York, NY

                        Things with Wings, MModern Gallery, Palm Springs, CA

2003                Desolation Boulevard,  Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA

                        Artists Working in the Shadow of Tiger Stadium, The Padzieski Gallery, Dearborn, MI

2002                Otaku! – Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup and COOP, CoproNason, Culver City, CA

                        Lowlife Paradise, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

                        Draw!, Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA

                        Uncommercial Art by Commercial Artists, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

                        HessFest, Cleveland Agora, Cleveland, OH

2001                The Frankenstein Surf Shack, Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA

                        Beneath the Valley of the Brain, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA

                        Corridor of Lust, solo show, Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA

2000                Lowlife Paradise, Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA

                        It Came from the South Seas! – Roq la Rue, Seattle, WA

 

SELECTED PRESS    

 

Mad Comics, DC Comics, HEEP, Paradox Press, Juxtapoz Magazine, Juxtapoz Erotica, Film Threat Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Metro Times Detroit, Sumo Shop, Last Gasp, Frontiers News Magazine,

  

COMISSIONS

 

Background styling for the Ren and Stimpy Show

Bjork’s I Miss You video

Animation for The New Woody Woodpecker Show

Happiness Podskin for MacSkinz. Limited Edition of 100

Circus punk, signed and numbered and made of serigraphed canvas, wood base with nailed leather        stripping around it. Limited to 75 pieces.

 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS      

 

Special SIGNED & NUMBERED edition of 200 with SLIPCASE version of The Lowlife Paradise – The Work of Glenn Barr.  3 COLOR SERIGRAPH archival print included, published by La Luz de Jesus and Last Gasp

 

Carousel of Souls, 6 print set created by Pressure Printing

 

Lowlife Paradise – The Art of Glenn Barr, published by La Luz de Jesus and Last Gasp

 

The Lowlife Companion – Selected Drawings by Glenn Bar, published by Tin Man Alley Press

 

Art of Modern Rock – The Poster Explosion,

 

Otaku Print Portfolio, Set of four offset lithographs, signed and numbered on nice stock. Comes in a custom designed die cut, two color foil stamped portfolio. (designed by Pressure Printing King Brad Keech ). Published exclusively by Tin Man Alley.

 



 

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.

Louie Cordero

Louie Cordero was born in Manila Philippines, where he currently lives and works. He is an award-winning painter, sculptor, animator, and creator of Nardong Tae—a self-published underground comic series which he writes and illustrates himself, with cult following in the Philippines and Japan. A graduate of College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines, Cordero was a resident artist in the Big Sky Mind artist foundation of the Philippines’ residency program from 2002 to 2004 and also held a residency in the United States in 2003 at the Vermont Studio Center. The artist is a recipient of numerous awards including an Ateneo Art Award in 2004, and the Thirteen Artists Award from the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 2006.

 

Xiaoqing Ding

Xiaoqing Ding is originally from Beijing, China, and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. With eight years of training in traditional Chinese Art forms in Beijing, she came to the United States to continue her studies and hone her craft. In 2001, Ding received an MFA from Hoffberger School of Painting at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, followed by a full scholarship residency at Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and a grant from The Joan Mitchell Foundation. In the years since, the artist has continued exhibiting her work while receiving numerous awards, honors and fellowships.

 

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.

AJ Fosik

AJ Fosik was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He is currently based in Portland, Oregon. Fosik’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the country including New York, Philadelphia, Miami and San Francisco. He has been featured in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Brooklyn Rail and Tokion. In 2011, Fosik was commissioned by Mastodon to create artwork for the cover of their album, The Hunter. The band’s music video featured the artist working in his studio on the piece.

Matt Haber


MATT HABER

Lives and works in New York, NY


EDUCATION

           

1999-2001                   Rhode Island School of Design

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

1996-1999                   Disney Feature Animation

Summer 2000               Disney Feature Animation

2004-2005                   Fox Animation

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2005                Hand holders, hold on, Black Market Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2005                Fork in the Road, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY

                        Winners, The HiFi Lab, Austin TX
                        The Tree show, Giant Robot, San Francisco, CA
2004                Artistic Utopia, La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles, CA
                        Under the Influence, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
                        Pressure Lines and Graceless Heirs, The Riviera Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
                        Never Had a Treehouse, Timbrespace, Los Angeles, CA
                        Recent RISD Students, Art Access, Columbus, OH
                        Monon Street Power Collective, Meltdown Comics, Los Angeles, CA
                        Four Strong, Gallery 821, Los Angeles, CA
                        Incidental Contact, CPOP Gallery, Detroit, MI
                        Beyond the Rabbit Hole, Magpie Gallery, San Diego, CA
                        Luckydip, Nicola Donald Studio, Los Angeles, C
2003                Assembly, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY
                        The Panoramic Project, The Front Room, Brooklyn, NY

SELECTED PRESS AND PUBLICATIONS

 

Murphy Design, Village Voice, Flavorpill, boingboing.com, ecnyc.org, Giant Robot San Fransisco, StrangeCO, inliquid.com L Magazine, Artcal, Flavorpill, Juxtapoz Magazine



 

Seonna Hong

 

Alex Hornest

Alex Hornest (aka Onesto) was born in São Paulo, in 1972. He graduated from Carlos de Campos, along with Os Gêmeos, Nina, Amigo, Iama and others from this talented generation of artists that have been painting the streets of São Paulo since the early 90's.

 
Onesto has a striking history in Brazilian graffiti. He has 72 different signatures, one for each working concept, which he identifies as “72 d.i.e.s.e.l.” The oldest signature, Onesto, is recognized primarily for portraits of fantastic black and white characters; Emprolde is identified by colorful abstract designs, Nailon’s work are colored throw-ups; Stok creates "pichação" in dangerous and forbidden places of the city. Offend, and Skulptor are artistic styles he is currently painting under. Hornest blends these different visual codes and intertwines their styles to create stunning imagery. Despite this array of characters, the style of Onesto synthesizes most of Hornest's aesthetic and ethic ideals. Because of this, he uses Onesto to sign his gallery and collectable work.
 
Artists that have inspired his work and play a role in his creative influence include Marcelo Grassmann, Maria Bonomi, Alberto Giacometti, Victor Brecheret, Alexander Calder, Zdzislaw Beksinski, and Francis Bacon.
 
In addition to his artwork, Onesto produces videos documenting “pichação" (Invasion, Sujo), fanzines (72 d.i.e.s.e.l) and books. A natural-born political activist, Ornesto is concerned with hardships in countries affected by poverty and social injustice. His prolific work in various mediums is an expression of these views.
 
Since 1994, Onesto has participated in many collective exhibitions, but it was not until 2006 - after his first solo exhibition in the Holland Consulate in Bahia, Brazil – that he believed that his work was ready to be presented to the world. This discovery has enabled Onesto to bring the first results of a long study and years of fantastic experiences to the Ruas de São Paulo exhibition. Ornesto’s work can be seen in the outskirts of the São Paulo, where he currently lives.

Jean Labourdette (Turf One)

Jean Labourdette (aka Turf One) was born in 1976 and raised in Malakoff (a suburb of Paris, France). In 2001, he moved to Montréal, Québéc, Canada, where he is currently based. In the late 80s into the early 90s, Labourdette was a graffiti writer in and around Paris, going by the name of Turf One. Over the years the self-taught artist honed his skills, evolving into a prolific and sought-after multi-disciplinarian, working as an illustrator, comic artist and filmmaker. In 2004, Labourdette abandoned all commercial work in favor of creating fine art.

Erik Mark Sandberg

Erik Mark Sandberg was born in 1975 in Farmington, Minnesota, and currently resides in Los Angeles. In 2002, he received a BFA with distinction from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. From 2003—2007, he studied with former Gemini Gel Master Printer Anthony Alan Zepeda. In the years since, he has achieved steady success in the fields of Fine Art and Illustration, receiving numerous grants and awards. From 2006 to present, Sandberg has taught concurrently at Art Center College of Design in the printmaking department, OTIS College of Art and Design and California State University, Northridge.

Nicola Verlato

Nicola Verlato was born in 1965 in Verona, Italy. He is currently based in Los Angeles, California. Verlato began painting at a very early age. He studied architecture at the University Luav of Venice. An installation of Verlato’s paintings and sculptures were exhibited in the Italian Pavilion at the 2009 Venice Biennale. In 2013, his first monograph will be published by Gingko Press.

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.

Dan Witz

Dan Witz was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois and is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Rhode Island School of Design from 1975-77 and came to New York in 1978 to attend Cooper Union, receiving a BFA in 1980. In 1982, he received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1992 and 2000, he received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and in 1998 he received a fellowship from the Public Art Fund. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Witz has been featured in many publications including The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, New York Magazine, The Huffington Post and ARTINFO. In 2010, Gingko Press released In Plain View, a monograph documenting 30 years of Witz’s career of works created in the studio and on the street.

Adam Wallacavage





 

AJ Fosik



Alex Hornest



Ana Bagayan

 

Andrew Foster





Anthony Lister



BAST  



 

Cleon Peterson



 

Dan Witz

 

Dave Cooper









 

David Ellis



 

ELBOW-TOE  



 

Erik Mark Sandberg



EZO  



 

Glenn Barr

 

Jack Long



 

Jean Labourdette (Turf One)







Korin Faught



Logan Hicks



 

Louie Cordero

 

Martin Wittfooth



Matt Haber



 

Meredith Dittmar



 

Natalia Fabia



Nicola Verlato

 

Rich Jacobs



 

Richard Colman



Rick Froberg



Ron English



Scott Radke





Seonna Hong



Skinner  







Xiaoqing Ding

 

 
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