Sometimes I Just Want a Hug

Gallery II
Group Exhibit

Opening reception - Saturday, November 19th, 6pm-9pm

November 19, 2005 through December 23, 2005

"Sometimes I Just Want a Hug":Group show featuring AJ Fosik, Doze Green, Andrew Schoultz, Matt Haber, Scott Gillis, David Sandlin, Tara McPherson, Jordin Isip, Melinda Beck, Kristin Baker, Max Lawrence, Matt Leines and Nouar.
On View November 19th - December 23rd, 2005
Opening Reception Saturday November 19th, 2005
from 6 p.m - 9 p.m.


Sometimes I Just Want a Hug represents a new direction for Jonathan LeVine Gallery. The mix of emerging and mid-career artists, most of whom are new to the gallery, offers an exciting look at the outer edges of the "lowbrow" genre. Their work encompasses both pop culture and fine art influences, as well as tapping into all that lies in between.

This conglomerate of artists pulls from illustrators and painters as well as those who work in more three dimensional medias. Our goal is to give viewers the opportunity to experience where the genre has been as well as where we believe it is going. Sometimes I Just Want a Hug is what happens when a group of artists get together to break all the rules and think outside of the box, as well as have a good time in the process.


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.

Doze Green

Doze Green was born in 1964 in New York City. In 1976, he began painting subway cars and became one of the original b-boy members of the Rock Steady Crew. Soon after, he transitioned from graffiti to studio work and mural commissions. In 2010, audio of an interview with Green discussing his work along with a slideshow of his images was featured in The New York Times. Recent projects include a large-scale mural during São Paulo fashion week in Brazil, as well as Crossroads of Humanity, a public mural located at CityCenter in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Matt Haber


Lives and works in New York, NY



1999-2001                   Rhode Island School of Design




1996-1999                   Disney Feature Animation

Summer 2000               Disney Feature Animation

2004-2005                   Fox Animation




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




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



Murphy Design, Village Voice, Flavorpill,,, Giant Robot San Fransisco, StrangeCO, L Magazine, Artcal, Flavorpill, Juxtapoz Magazine


Max Lawrence



Lives and works in Philadelphia, PA where he is a founding member of Space 1026.




1994-1998       Rhode Island School of Design, BFA Painting

1993-1994       Cornell University




2006                Yet to Be Named, Solo Exhibit, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                        Yet to Be Named, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

2005                Sometimes I Just Want a Hug, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY
Fork in the Road, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, NY

                        The Heist, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Yet to Be Named, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

                        Paper, 111 Minna Gallery, San Francisco, CA

                        The Urban Edge, P4, Milan, Italy

2004                Yet to Be Named, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        8 ½ by 11, 55DSL Traveling Show through Germany, Italy, France and the States

                        Everybody Rules Everything, Vancouver, Canada

                        Ghost Town, Tin Man Alley, Philadelphia, PA

                        The Stray Show, Chicago, IL

                        REMasters, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                        The Society of Whisperers, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Villains, Heroes, and Average Joes, DUMBO Arts Center, Brooklyn, NY

                        It Came From Above, Space 237, Toledo, OH

                        Beaver College, Cincinnati, OH. In Conjunction with Beautiful Losers exhibit at Cincinnati Museum of 
                        Contemporary Art

                        Red Dot, Spector Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2003                Olde Peculiar, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Raw Stitches: 55DSL, Traveling Diesel Show. ASR San Diego, “Punch” San Francisco, “Cam Fig”, San Antonio

                        Counterfeited Forgeries, Solo Exhibit, RELoad Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

                        PECO: Emerge, PECO Utilities Headquarters, Philadelphia, PA

                        Luon Couture, 55DSL, New York, NY

                        In Liquid: Artist Fundraising Auction, The Power House, Philadelphia, PA

2002                Caught Out, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Scratch off the Serial, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA

2001                King Honey, Solo Exhibit, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Blunt, The Butcher Shop, Chicago, IL

                        Small Town Bullies, CBGB’s, New York, NY

                        Girard St. Variations, Solo Exhibit, The Artist League, Philadelphia, PA 

2000                Nine From Space, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC

                        Space 1026, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

1999                Relish, Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA

                        Figure Heads, Solo Exhibit, Space 1026, Philadelphia, PA

                        Philadelphia Council of Lawyers for Art, Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA

1998                May Salon, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

                        Woods Gerry, Woods Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI

1997                May Salon, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

                        Union, Free Space, Providence, RI





Artcal,,, StrangeCO, ArtForum,  L Magazine,, Sumo Shop,, Philadelphia Weekly,, Fecal Face, Philadelphia Inquirer, Flavorpill, Rockpile Magazine,


“8 ½ by 11” 55DSL Book

“Space 1026: The Book”, 220 pages, Roger Gaston/Gingko Publishing




2000                Member of Philadelphia art collective Vox Populi

1998                Founding member of Space 1026 Gallery and Studio, an artist run interdisciplinary art collective that focuses in silk-
                        screening, painting, audio/video production, graphic design and includes monthly art shows.




2004                “Phil the Agony. Aromatic: The Album” Vocab Records

2002                May/Sept 2002 Murals Art Program. Marianna Brancetti at Kensington and Allegany, North Philadelphia, PA

                        August/Sept 2002 Philadelphia Print Collaborative Assistant Coordinator for printing the world’s larges print on 
                        Broad Street in Philadelphia, PA

2001                “Mystic, Cuts for Luck and Scars for Freedom” Goodvibe Records

2000                “Bahamadia, BB-Quen” Goodvibe Records



Nouar graduated from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 2004. She has since lent her time as a traditional background painter for television animation. Recently, she finished working on the first season of Nickelodeon's "Catscratch".  Nouar's work draws largely from early to mid-century animation, illustration, food and advertisement art. Van Bueren cartoons, the Illustrations of Enoch Bolles, Vernon Grant, as well as old cookbooks continually inspire her colorful, humorous, and sometimes dark pieces.

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.

Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson was born in San Francisco, California in 1976, and raised in Los Angeles, California and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. In 2001, she received her BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art. McPherson’s artwork has been exhibited around the world and featured in numerous magazines and publications such as The New York Times. As an illustrator, McPherson has created comic art, covers, advertising and editorial illustrations for Warner Brothers, HarperCollins and NIKE among others. She has also produced numerous gig posters for prominent musical artists and bands. In 2006, Dark Horse published Lonely Heart, the first printed collection of her work. Her second monograph, Lost Constellations, was released in 2009 and her third, Bunny in the Moon, in 2012, both published by Dark Horse.

AJ Fosik


David Sandlin

Doze Green


Jordin Isip


Kristin Baker


Matt Haber

Max Lawrence


Melinda Beck



Tara McPherson


opening photos

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