You Come Too
April 16, 2011
through May 14, 2011
NEW YORK, NY (March 11, 2011) — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to announce You Come Too, new works by California-based artist Souther Salazar, in what will be his third solo exhibition at the gallery. Salazar’s signature aesthetic involves rich layers of texture and harmonious color. The artist collects found objects and transforms the materials through inventive assemblage applications to build highly detailed and imaginative narratives.
Weaving memories of experiences together with imagined moments, Salazar invites viewers to explore the fantastical world portrayed in his works. This exhibition includes a series of new mixed media paintings, drawings and sculptures incorporated into a site-specific installation. The installation features several clusters of tiny microcosmic worlds as well as a large, three-dimensional element—two figures riding on the back of a giant snail-like creature toward a portal painted onto the wall of the gallery space.
The show title You Come Too is a reference to the Robert Frost poem The Pasture. With an implied sense of inclusion, it relates perfectly to the overarching theme of sharing adventures through storytelling. In 2010, after ten years of living in Los Angeles, Salazar returned to the central region of California, where he was raised. Living near family in a secluded, more natural environment again has rekindled a sense of childlike wonder for the artist, revisiting all the simple pleasures he enjoyed while growing up in the neighboring area such as studying nature, collecting insect specimens and wandering along the river banks.
In comparison to Salazar’s previous 2009 exhibition, which evoked feelings of melancholy, lonesomeness, heartache and loss, works in You Come Too have shifted in tone, inspired by changes in his personal life over the past two years. The new imagery and subject matter are still cohesive in palette and style, yet refreshed in direction. Vibrant and saturated, they convey an invigorated perspective, reflecting Salazar’s recent relocation and whirlwind romance as he has found himself falling in love, nesting, planning a wedding, and future life of adventures together with his new companion and creative collaborator.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Souther Salazar was born in 1978 in Hayward, California. In the early 1990s, as a teenager in rural Oakdale, Salazar made photocopied cut-and-paste mini-comics and ‘zines. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he moved to Los Angeles where he lived for ten years before re-locating to Central California, where he is currently based. Salazar’s work transports the viewer into a whimsical world full of flying spacecrafts, hot-air balloons and lost cities inhabited by a variety of creatures such as dinosaurs and giant insects. He mixes media, adding layers of assemblage and storytelling to create his imaginative two and three-dimensional imagery. Salazar exhibits his collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures in dense and frenzied installations that encourage exploration and discovery.