Preview: Souther Salazar, Marco Mazzoni, and Andy Kehoe @ Jonathan LeVine, NYC

May 18, 2013 - Jun 15, 2013Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York

Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC is set to open 3 new shows at their NYC space this Saturday, May 18: Souther Salazar's Souvenirs, Marco Mazzoni's Animaera,  and Andy Kehoe's Luminous Reverie. Guess what? These are all artists we want to see and endorse, and they have been in the magazine, most recently Mr. Mazzoni. The shows are on display through June 15, 2013. 

For Mazzoni, above: 
For this exhibition, Mazzoni explores dark themes of social ailments currently plaguing his home country. The show title Animanera translates from Italian to mean: black soul. The imagery reflects the financial crisis and post-election political climate in Italy, with themes of poverty, injustice and power struggles.

In a series of ten works on sketchbook pages, Mazzoni portrays a variety of animal species re-imagined with biological mutations, and loaded with symbolism. A six-eyed owl, a cluster of frogs, a turtle sprouting mushrooms and a swarm of bees attacking a bird all carry significance to the artist as representing various human behavioral traits.

Souther Salazar: 

During Trading Tortoise, Salazar explored the connection between personal memories and collected objects, items that serve as tangible reminders of places, people and events. Organizing his memories of the project into imaginary collections, Salazar created artworks to represent his own visual souvenirs, referencing some of the experiences. Drawings of trucks, gas pumps and power lines take on anthropomorphic qualities while a series of small sculptures constructed from found objects are presented in curio-like shadow boxes—one contains a series of miniature water towers in varying shapes and sizes, and the other features a group of figures representing some of the people Salazar met, the things they traded and their relationships to those objects.

Andy Kehoe: The show title Luminous Reverie, alludes to the idea of experiencing clarity of vision when lost in a daydream. It is also a reference to the radiant use of light throughout the imagery. There is a heightened ethereal quality to this body of work. Many of the figures are silhouetted, glowing and ghost-like or darkened, cast in shadow. Marbleized textures in the night skies are punctuated with stars and celestial bodies. Clouds, fogs and mists lend a sense of mystery to the atmosphere. Overall, the narratives have become more abstract, capturing moments in time as poetic fragments rather than full stories. Loaded with a greater sense of drama and emotion, the fantastical scenarios are pushed beyond the bounds of fantasy into a looser realm of the unimagined rather than the imagined.

Marco Mazzoni, Souther Salazar, Andy Kehoe
May 18—June 15, 2013
Jonathan LeVine