Photos: Tim Biskup & Titi Freak at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Juxtapoz // Monday, 19 May 2008
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Tim Biskup: The Artist In You
Titi Freak: Vida Apaixonada
May 16-June 14, 2008
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
Text and photos by George Koroneos


Tim Biskup fans were in for a shock, last week, as the artist unveiled a series of abstract and personal pieces at Jonathan LeVine Gallery that eschew his traditional character-driven paintings. Biskup was happy to chat about the progression of his style, often pulling out his iPhone to show his work in different phases of completion.

The moment you walk through the gallery doors, you're face-to-face with the head of a giant dragon, lying decapitated in the shadow of two massive Biskup paintings, Follow Me and Doom Loop #1. Both paintings stand over six-feet tall and encapsulate the new direction Biskup is taking as an artist. In the former, a woman painted in cubist style mosaic shards sits reclined against geometrical streamers.

The latter, finds the same shards in an abstract design. Squint and you see a skull. In the smaller gallery, Biskup has multiple renditions of his classic Asylum painting--including one in his traditional illustrative style and another in is strikingly dark.

All the work in the series is chronicled ad nauseam in The Artist in You, a limited book published for the exhibit that looks like a manifesto, but contains Biskup's views on the art industry, poetry, and thought process behind the work in this show. "It is not my intent that these passages be taken as conclusions or accounts of my true motivations, but rather as a venting of my preconceptions and raw emotional reactions," Biskup states in the introduction. "It is a view into my thought process with all of its scattered and surreal tissue left intact."

In contrast to Biskup's introspective show, Brazilian graffiti artist Titi Freak bathed LeVine's side gallery in cheery hues of yellow and offered up a selection of etchings, paintings, and portraits created in his distinct street style. Titi Freak spent most of last Friday's VIP preview mingling with fans and showing off his insane yo-yo skills, while fans poured into the gallery for a peek at his work.

The show will run through June 14, 2008. For more information, visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com

 

 


The guests of honor


Doom Loop #5 by Tim Biskup


Malena Seldin and artist Tara McPherson


Self portraits


Fantasma by Titi Freak


Titi Room


Brazilian artist Baixo chats with Jonathan LeVine


The Artist In You by Tim Biskup


Siamese artists - Biskup with Andrew Bell


Biskup laughs it up with Kid Robot's Nichole Lindsay


Overseas visitors - Baixo and Mariana


Titi Freak


Biskup triumphant


Baixo, Juxtapoz' William Haugh, Mariana, and Titi Freak


Biskup's Asylum #3


Chris and artist Michael Mararian


Yo-yo master


Beware of dragons


Ron Dominguez and Ad Hoc gallery's Andrew Michael Ford


Untitled 1 by Titi Freak


Stephan and Titi Freak


Stop touching the artwork


Hug it out: Jux's William Haugh shows some love to Nichole Lindsay


Biskup's Asylum #5


Much love


Friends with you - Titi Freak and Daze


Admiring Biskup's work


Creatures Inside my Head

 

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