Luminosity in the Dark Rift
May 19, 2012
through June 16, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (March 27, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Luminosity in the Dark Rift, a series of new mixed media works on canvas, panel and paper by New York-born, Northern California-based artist Doze Green, in what will be his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery.
Green’s signature aesthetic combines figurative abstraction, organic cubism, fluid line work and stylized letterforms. Using an array of mediums with an intuitive, stream-of-consciousness creative process, the artist’s skillful approach involves rich layers of overlapping elements, intricately woven into tapestry-like compositions.
Green describes his work as “a fusion of universal law and ethereal dreams.” His kinetic imagery conveys ever-changing narratives with infinite interpretations. Influenced by ancient civilizations, indigenous cultures and his own Afro-Caribbean roots, the artist’s totem-like human and animal figures represent polytheistic deities as well as the general populace of humanity, past and present. Through his paintings, Green explores a number of esoteric themes and metaphysical concepts including cosmology, mysticism, language, code systems, matter, anti-matter, the unseen and the void.
Doze Green’s artistic journey is an ongoing endeavor to act as a channel and conduit of energies. In his words, “to develop a better understanding of the natural and supernatural. Giving voice to those that usually went unheard. I always retain a sense of my origins, but am not wholly reliant on the past. This sparked my interest in metaphysics and the subconscious. I felt compelled to seek the inner root of expression and that’s where I began to discover the harmony within sacred geometry. I am trying to visualize vibration, sound and light.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Doze Green was born in 1964 in New York City to a creative family of artists and musicians. His urban background and involvement in the early hip-hop/graffiti movement of NYC in the late 70’s, early 80’s as one of the original b-boy members of the Rock Steady Crew, led him to transition from painting in the streets and subways to creating art for the gallery setting as well as public and private mural commissions. With early mentors such as Rammellzee, and a strong interest in creative exploration and experimentation, a wide range of influences have helped shape Green’s unique style, one that continues to evolve and engage. Audio of Green discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images were featured in a New York Times article about Jonathan LeVine Gallery in 2010. Recent projects include a large-scale mural during São Paulo fashion week in Brazil, as well as Crossroads of Humanity, a public mural commission measuring 20 x 80 feet, located at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.