Jonathan LeVine is known for introducing the West Coast lowbrow aesthetic to the East Coast. With a particular style, vision, and palette influenced by comic books, B-movies, advertising, and car culture, the lowbrow aesthetic is both a cultural reality and a romantic encapsulation of how The West is seen from afar. It represents eternal sunshine, a way of life, the possibility of escape, and a fresh start.
A lot has changed since then, global influence has blurred regional distinctions and the West Coast aesthetic has been re-appropriated throughout the world. Interconnectedness, the Internet, and increased mobility has intensified a swirling of cultures. East Looking West is a stylistic melting pot showcasing West Coast natives and transplants. Revisiting our roots, we focus the lens on the West Coast and take a look at what is happening now. The show features a huge lineup, some of which can be seen above in the gallery.