June 23, 2007
through July 21, 2007
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is proud to announce Space Cadets, a solo exhibit of new works by Souther Salazar. This show will be the artist’s first solo show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery and his largest exhibition to date. Souther Salazar presents an alternate universe, where nothing is realistic and yet everything is familiar. His exhibition includes large-scale mixed media works on panel, ink renderings on paper, and sculptures created using a variety of materials and found objects.
For Space Cadets, Souther Salazar explores the nature of reality versus the imagination, two intangible realms to create an adventurous new world. Salazar creates characters and environments executed in a stream-of-conscious style to convey a constructive creative process associated with daydreaming. He simultaneously focuses on creating rich details of recognizable things, including weeds, antennas, and chimneys, to draw the viewer between an inner space and a familiar place. For Salazar, what one perceives as a lack of focus, or being “spacey”, is conversely an acute sense of the time and space in which they exist.
Salazar switches from modes of extreme control in his process to inviting chance and flux, creating a heightened state of these dueling realities. He juxtaposes highly detailed and tactile works of layered collage, acrylic, paper, ink and pencil with simplified characters and forms, celebrating spontaneity and the process of exploration with medium and subject matter. To further draw the viewer into his creations, interpret and create new narratives, Souther expands his stories from existing in a two-dimensional plane to sculpture form. An installation of paintings in boxes and shelves with figures made of paper mâchè and fire-baked clay, invites the viewer to discover hidden stories whose narratives multiply upon further inspection and use of our imagination.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Souther Salazar's work first began to circulate in the early 90's, in the form of photocopied cut-and-paste microcomics and 'zines made in his bedroom as a young teenager in rural Oakdale, CA. After graduating from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, he moved to Los Angeles. Souther Salazar exhibits his collages, paintings, drawings and sculptures in dense and frenzied installations that encourage exploration and participation by the viewer. His work has appeared in galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Portland and Tokyo, and in publications such as Kramers Ergot, Swindle and The Drama and a recent cover feature in Giant Robot.