Kevin Cyr "Right Place, Right Time" @ Jonathan Levine Gallery, NYCJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014
Jonathan LeVine Gallery will be presenting Right Place, Right Time, new works by New York-based artist Kevin Cyr in what will be his second solo exhibition at the gallery and largest exhibition to date.
Right Place, Right Time includes new oil paintings on panel in a range of sizes, depicting vehicles seen on the streets of three European cities: Berlin, Brussels and Paris. This series acts as a counterpart to In Praise of Rust, Cyr’s 2012 exhibition, in which he documented old vehicles seen on the streets of New York City—primarily vans and commercial delivery trucks covered in graffiti, rust, dents and other imperfections.
Transportation, travel and exploration—ongoing themes throughout Cyr’s body of work—are particularly prevalent here, as the artist traveled abroad to explore the streets of foreign cities in his research for new subjects to capture. Cyr's fascination with these vans and trucks is based around the idea that they symbolize a place and an ethos. He finds himself discovering the character of each city he visits through its vehicles.
In the artist’s words: "It began as a way for me to examine the uniqueness of a city and how it constantly transforms.” Regarding the European locations: “Renowned for their cultural attractions and historical landmarks, these places are home to thriving street art and working-class communities. These vehicles are the workhorses of the city and their owners seem to go to great lengths to keep them operable. The largest piece in the show, Professeur Gosset, exemplifies this through the broken passenger window secured with cardboard and packing tape—functionality outweighs vanity.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kevin Cyr was born in 1976 in Edmundston, New Brunswick, Canada and grew up in Madawaska, Maine. In 2000, he received a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Cyr is currently based in New York. His paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations have been exhibited in galleries and museums, internationally. His work is included in the permanent collections of La Fondation d’Art Oxylane in Lille, France and the West Collection in Oaks, Pennsylvania. Cyr has been featured in publications such as Desillusion Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Huffington Post and The New York Times.
Right Place, Right Time
529 West 20th Street
February 22—March 22, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 6—8pm