Internationally acclaimed, Toronto-based artist Gary Taxali will be having a solo exhibition of 30 new works on display at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery in NYC. Taxali's show, "Hotel There" features mixed media works on paper and old book surfaces, collage, and paintings on paper and baltic birch panel, all of various sizes.
Saturday, November 21st from 6 - 8 pm.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th floor
Taxali creates hand-drawn typography and expressive characters with layers of printmaking techniques such as rubber stamps and silkscreen. Known for a graphic style and retro aesthetic, his imagery is largely inspired by vintage animation and printed ephemera (comics, advertising and packaging). Taxali works with multiple mediums and utilizes a variety of found materials like old book covers and torn, age-worn, scribbled-on pages, and oil paintings on birch panels.
"I have always been fascinated by time, and the recognition of present moment awareness. In my current body of work, I aim to capture some of these concepts by delving into themes of love, isolation, hope, relationship follies, pain, and happiness. In the last 18 months, I have visited Asia 3 times (China twice, India once), and the long journeys to these far away places have impacted me artistically. The 30 works in this exhibition harken (either literally or conceptually) to moments of fear, isolation, excitement, and cultural divides that I experienced. Airport gates and hotels are somber reminders of this. We are simultaneously connected and divided. That is, the sameness of the human condition is underscored by its overt differences. From a human standpoint we are all one, but from a place of self reflection, travelling is not only a futile reprieve from the present moment, it’s a vehicle of awareness to our own, unique selves. In this way, there is no “there” because everywhere is “here”. Yet we persevere because we all know on some level the journey is not to a location, it’s to us. Life’s purpose is self-knowledge, and the voyage its vessel. “Hotel There” awaits your check-in."
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gary Taxali is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. His retro stylized art, reminiscent of depression era advertising, typography and packaging in the realm of pop art garnering many awards (including a 2009 Grammy nomination for album art for Aimee Mann). His major influences are Andy Warhol, Ray Jonson, The Fleischer Brothers, the Russian Avante-Garde, 1930s and 1940s packaging design, advertising and typography.
He sits on the Stamp Advisory Counsel for Canada Post, is a frequent international speaker and is tenured faculty at OCAD U (Art + Design University).
Exhibitions include: The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Contemporary Art Museum of Rome and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Clients include: Royal Canadian Mint, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Fortune, New York Times, Sony, Warner Brothers, Converse, Nintendo, Gap Inc./Old Navy, Harry Rosen, Wall Street Journal, GQ and others.
See Complex Magazine’s “Contemporary artists you should know” http://ca.complex.com/style/2014/03/contemporary-artists-you-should-know/gary-taxali
Complex’s “Exclusive: In The Studio With Canadian ‘Pop Art’ Artist Gary Taxali” http://ca.complex.com/style/2015/04/exclusive-in-studio-canadian-pop-art-artist-gary-taxali
ABOUT JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is committed to new and cutting edge art. Our roots go back to 1995, when Jonathan’s life-long participation in punk and underground music grew into a curatorial experiment with the visual culture that surrounded him. We moved to Chelsea in 2005, with an eye towards honoring and connecting with the history and context of Post War art. We contribute to the dialogue by challenging the conventions of the canon – exploring the terrain of the high/low and everything in between. Jonathan LeVine Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street and 557C West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please visit: www.jonathanlevinegallery.com, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 212.243.3822.