As many in L.A. know, the infamous Jonathan Levine has been in town. He doesn't make it to the west coast all that often, so when he's out he likes to see a little of everything. Galleries, art openings, lectures, he's had a full schedule out here and even had time to spend a day with me in Riverside.
For those who aren't familiar with J. Levine, he's an art dealer, owner of Jonathan Levine Gallery in NY. He used to have a smaller gallery in Philadelphia called Tin Man Alley a couple years ago. He's got at least 80 dance moves (was a semi-pro breakdancer), is a sewing prodigy, and has a great eye when it comes to art. He's a real character, and those who have spent some time with him know him as a good guy, fun and tough mixed together somehow. I think this sounds like I'm kissing some ass here but he's one of the art dealers who took a chance on me early when I was barely out of school and though I didn't sell any work for a while he stuck with me.
So Saturday night was a show he curated with Jonathan Viner, A.J. Fosik, Ray Caesar, and Dan Kennedy. I love all those artists so Jennifer, Shannon and I made the trek out to Bergamot Station to see the work in person. The show didn't disappoint. Well except that I wanted to meet Dan Kennedy. A.J. Fosik was there and he was cool as hell. Great meeting that guy, and his work was dope. Viner was also there but I was sick of seeing him after driving him around LA (kidding!).
A.J. Fosik and Jonathan Viner
The crowd- Jonathan Levine is in there somewhere...
Shannon decided to lay down on the gallery floor. No idea why, all I know is babies are awesome.
Dan Kennedy painting
Jonathan Viner painting, makes me want to start working in oils again..
The next day my dad brought over my old bike, we put it beside the garbage for whoever wanted it. I wonder if I'll ever see it again?
On Tuesday Jonathan Levine and Mark Murphy came out to my studio for a visit. Jonathan wanted to see Twin Palms which is a vacant field where as a kid I used to do graffiti. So I took them around town and Jonathan made a film. Apparently he's a filmaker now. I think he's documenting his whole trip- check his gallery blog next week.
Damn, one month till my show at BLK/MRKT opens. Gotta get movin'.