Donna Con Bambino
Opening reception - Saturday, November 18th, 6pm-9pm
November 18, 2006
through December 23, 2006
New York, NY November 2006 – For his first solo exhibition of new works at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Donna con Bambino, Shag invites viewers into a playful, mysterious and ironic world. Juxtaposing pithy subject matter with larger, detailed paintings, Shag magnifies viewers’ consciousness and experience. Through his flat-plane technique, vibrant palette, and paradoxical narratives, Shag expands his sophisticated iconography. Shag’s abstracted works are the first exhibited series, marking a new direction and technique for the artist.
For Donna con Bambino, Shag depicts his stylized, seductive women posed in lavish interiors accompanied by their pets — both unconcerned by the news of natural or man-made disasters airing live on their televisions. Surrounded by beautiful things, and enjoying life, these hedonistic women evoke aloofness in the face of disaster. The viewer is invited to study these blithe women and how they are reacting to, or not reacting to, the outside world.
Shag’s series of detailed paintings expand on humor, irony, and theme, strengthening a visually linked narrative. By cropping each image, Shag’s rich textures and saturated colors heighten a mood of apathy and indifference, simultaneously mirroring the personalities of his charismatic women. Donna con Bambino, refers not only to the relationship of woman with her pet, but the sets of paintings themselves.
Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of artist Josh Agle’s first name and the first two letters of his last) lives and works in Los Angeles. A graduate of California State University, Shag’s works are celebrated throughout the world including Japan, Australia, and Europe. Inspired by modern art and architecture of the 50s and 60s, his distinct style equates with a retro-cool pop aesthetic. Currently, Shag is working on a group of monumental paintings that will go into many of the historic modernist houses of Palm Springs. In 2007 Laguna Beach Art Museum will showcase a retrospective of his work.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery exhibits a genre of work influenced by illustration, comic books, graffiti art and pop imagery. Our goal is to expand this genre beyond its Pop Surrealism or Low Brow roots and bring it to the forefront of contemporary art. With this goal in mind, we represent a mix of emerging and mid-career artists with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and creating an environment where artists can develop their work. The Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more information, please call 212-243-3822, visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Josh Agle, also known as Shag (a contraction of the last two letters of his first name and the first two letters of his last) was born in 1962. He is a painter, illustrator and designer, currently based in Los Angeles. Agle has had numerous gallery exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. His work has been featured in museums such as the Laguna Art Museum in California, The Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania and the Naples Museum of Contemporary Art in Italy. Agle’s exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times’ critics Ken Johnson and Roberta Smith. His artwork has been published in several books, been the subject of a documentary film, as well as a musical.