Normally, I would not consider an hour and a half drive to see a art show. Nor can remember the last time I liked – no loved – over 70 percent of the works in a show. But then most galleries don’t have curated shows by Jonathan Levine (yes, excluding his own). And the artist line-up doesn’t normally read like this:
JURIED 2013 exhibiting artists:
Tina Lugo, Tracy Deer, Percy Fortini-Wright, Jeremy Burks, Zoe Williams, Kyle Fisher, Lazarus Nazario, Sean Mahan, Hannah Yata, Jake Waldron, Darlene Foster, Andrea Heimer, Kyle Stewart, Susan Tumblety, Angel Perdomo, Bask, Andre Veloux, Owens, Dilek Baykara, Andy Dreamingwolf, & Alicia Martin.
This past Saturday was the opening night bash of the Juried 2013 show at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. Levine picked artists whose works felt fresh, who at first glance most are pleasing to the eye mostly because they’re exquisitely detailed and seem like easy reads. Till you realized they forced you to delve deeper, to realize a very layered sense of symbolism. Particularly with artists like, Jeremy Burks, Hannah Yata, Andrea Heimer & Kyle Fischer* (Best in Show) whose paintings were so bold and yet so innocently played their symbolism’s upon themes of perceptions, mythology and transformations of human nature. The show was most definitely not a waste of time, it was I dare say…exciting.
*Best in Show Artist, Kyle Fischer will be showing next with Paradigm Gallery + Studio. Show opens on February 28th, 2014.