Opening last night,Jonathan LeVine Gallery opened Thursday’s Girl, a series of new works on canvas by Southern California-based artist Josh Agle (Shag), in what is his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. The former Juxtapoz cover artist will have his show open through May 4, 2013.
With an aesthetic strongly influenced by mid-century modern design, Agle renders his subjects and their surroundings with keen attention to figure and form. In his distinctive style, he creates clean shapes with crisp details and fluid line work painted in vividly saturated colors and sharply defined textural patterns. Affluence and luxury are attributes often associated with the imagery based on design elements portrayed in the architecture, furniture and fashion.
As in most of Agle’s exhibitions, a central narrative theme connects the body of work in Thursday’s Girl. This series of paintings were inspired by All Tomorrow’s Parties, the classic Velvet Underground song in which lyrics written by Lou Reed spoke to New York’s downtown art scene found in places such as Warhol’s Factory. Themes of youth, fame, celebrity, revelry, excess and exclusion are represented, throughout.
Thursday’s Girl is a recurring character that appears in several paintings in the exhibition, representing countless naïve, Midwestern girls who move to big cities in search of glamorous new lives. Drawn to the exciting worlds of art, music, fashion and film, Thursday’s Girl works a day job during the week and parties on the weekends, hoping to be discovered and accepted amidst drugs and drunken debauchery. The girl in the song, desperate to stay relevant, jumps on a fresh new trend every Thursday only to see it end by Sunday—a vicious cycle that repeats every weekend. The paintings highlight her fun and thrills yet foreshadow a bitter end where she ultimately falls victim to the superficial values of her idols—used up and spit out in favor of the next fresh, disposable muse.