Everything's Alright Sweetie,
Please Get Some Sleep
December 1, 2012
through December 29, 2012
NEW YORK, NY (November 6, 2012) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce Everything’s Alright Sweetie, Please Get Some Sleep, a series of new paintings by Joe Sorren, in what will be his first solo exhibition in New York.
Sorren creates odd, dreamlike portraits and atmospheres through thick Impressionist-inspired brushstrokes, soft textures and a superb use of light. His surreal subjects are quietly expressive, conveying contrasting qualities of vulnerability and strength.
This exhibition focuses on themes of mayhem, fragility of life and the blind audaciousness we sometimes develop subconsciously in order to make better sense of our own realities. One painting called Speedboats Make Me Nervous portrays a large monster-like creature sitting on the edge of a cliff, looking at a distant boat on the water, while a meteor/comet appears to be quickly approaching in the sky above. The narrative found in this body of work became further amplified toward the end of October, as the artist finished painting the series during Hurricane Sandy—the largest Atlantic storm on record, which caused widespread destruction to large areas of the eastern seaboard.
In the artist’s words, “I was painting a painting of a storm during our devastating storm, it was a very visceral time.” Of his work, he continues, “Since painting is a physical record of movement in time, brushstrokes are not unlike the grooves on a vinyl record—capturing not just the color and shape of a stroke, but the timbre; the energy and emotion experienced at the time it was painted. Thinking of this frees me up from the thought of being ‘accurate,’ and allows me to focus more on the essence of the piece.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Joe Sorren was born in 1970 in Chicago, IL. He was raised in Arizona and earned a BFA from Northern Arizona University in 1993. Sorren’s award-winning illustration work has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, TIME and Rolling Stone. He has created numerous murals in the Southwest, which have appeared on film and television productions set in the area. The artist’s monograph Joe Sorren: Painting + Scultpure, 2004—2012 was published in conjunction with Interruption, his 2010 solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Center at CSU Fullerton in Santa Ana, California.