Photos: Beach Blanket Bingo A Summer MixerJuxtapoz // Friday, 07 Aug 2009
Sure, this summer's been the pits in NYC—tons of rain and humidity—but that didn't stop Jonathan LeVine from sparking up these dog days with a huge group show and bash on Wednesday eve.
Casa LeVine broke out the inflatable tiki gods and palm trees and filled the coolers with some Pabst Blue Ribbon in celebration of "Beach Blanket Bingo," a 30+ artist exhibit featuring some of the biggest names in art and some amazing up and comers.
A good chunk of the creative types in the show came by on Wednesday for the opening mixer, including Natalia Fabia (who had the greatest punk bassist in the world, Jay Bentley, by her side), Adam Wallacavage (premiering a pair of adorable bunny and elephant chandeliers), and Dan Witz (showing a massive painting of an equally gigantic mosh pit).
The display of work ran the gamut of styles, including a set of stunning and creepy statues by the master of marionettes Scott Radke, Ron English's well endowed bovine woman, visual oddities by Turf One, and Fabia's voyeuristic paintings that seemed so photorealistic they even stumped this photographer from a few feet away.
There are so many great artists on display that the show is worth a second look. Luckily, you have most of the summer to visit. The show is on display through August 22.
For more information, visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com
Text and photos by George Koroneos.
Scott Radke's creepy delight
Meredith Dittmar gets air
Natalia Fabia hugs Adam Wallacavage
Korin Faught and Carlos Ramos
David Stoupakis and Andrew Ford
Joshua Liner and Martin Wittfooth
Close look at Dan Witz's "Mosh Pit"
Rick Froberg (artist in the show) and Jonathan LeVine
Lori Zimmer and Nicholas Forker
Pabst on ice all night long (Steve Lew, hand model)
Ron Dominguez and Michael Mararian
Eric White (right) and friend take in the scene.
Bad Religion bassist Jay Bentley and son.
Jonathan and Dan Witz
Andrew Ford, Elbow-Toe, and Mrs. Toe
Close look at Louie Cordero's Lead Brother Bust
7 O'clock Tiki Time
Nicholas Bowers (of Obey)
Logan Hicks and wife with Jonathan
Turf One and Elbow-Toe
Francesco LoCastro and Jonathan
Birthday girl Lori Zimmer gets a gift from Xiaoqing Ding
Turf One's muse (neck tattoo not included)