Sunday, July 14, 2013

Brett Amory's Twenty-Four In New York - Exhibit At Jonathan Levine Gallery Not To Miss!

Incredible paintings, bodegas, magazine stands, intricate objects and video of New York City are all wrapped into one at Brett Amory's exhibition/installation at Jonathan Levine Gallery.  You have to see this one to believe it, the photos below do not do his work or the installation just.  
The extra-large gallery space is filled with paintings that span the floors and installations that create the most cohesive collection of "NYC" I've seen thus far.   You will see Grand Central Station, The Apollo Theatre, Bleeker Bob’s Record Store and Webster Hall,  Ray’s Candy Shop in the East Village, Chinatown in Manhattan, even Main Street Flushing,  Queens and the Iron Triangle in Queens, Coney Island and the Williamsburg Bridge.  The bodega/magazine stand was amongst my favorites, but it's very difficult to choose just one.
Here is a bit of info from the gallery in greater detail about the video installation and art:

"Following his 2012 exhibition Twenty-Four in San Francisco, Amory spent a month in New York City, researching, photographing and filming various locations throughout the five boroughs to serve as reference material for his new series Twenty-Four in New York. The artist filmed a total of 40 locations, each in a one-hour increment at different times of day and night. Video footage of 24 locations will be projected in a grid of 24 frames in consecutive order beginning and ending with midnight. The hour-long intervals will run simultaneously, representing a full day in the city of New York. 

At each location, Amory collected various found objects to be displayed on a pedestal alongside the painting. Whether lost or discarded, the ephemera relates to the surrounding communities like anthropological findings, lending context to the painted landscapes (ie: Korean cigarette boxes in Flushing, jewelry in the East Village, drug baggies by the Bowery Mission homeless shelter, baby pacifiers in the Hasidic section of Williamsburg). 
Artist & actor Lee Quinones, Helen Templeton & artist Ivory
Angelo Madrigale from Doyle New York, Brett Amory & artist Ivory
Amory resides in the Bay Area of California for the past 15 years, currently living in Oakland. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, San Francisco, London and now here in New York City and has also been named artists of the year by The San Francisco Bay Guardian.  He's definitely one to watch and collect!  This show runs through July 27, 2013, at 529 West 20th St., 9th Floor, & visit: &