557C West 23rd Street
Closes: November 8, 2014
NEW YORK, NY — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Future Tense, a series of new oil paintings and mixed media works by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Gross in what will be his fourth solo exhibition at the gallery. In conjunction with Future Tense, the artist will release a new monograph published by Gingko Press, which shares its title with the show and features 40 paintings completed between 2010 and 2014.
In Future Tense, Gross portrays mankind as apathetically living in a world overwhelmed by advertising and propaganda. Captivated by technological devices and strategically branded products, his vacant and desensitized subjects appear before industrial factories, in television newsrooms, hyper-urban cityscapes or the bucolic countryside.
Gross’ paintings suggest that, in our culture, it is impossible to escape (even briefly) from corporate influence. In this exhibition, the artist expands upon themes of consumerism, industrialization and the omnipresent media, carefully treading the line between imaginary dreamscape and sociopolitical commentary. His work represents the psychological state of contemporary society and our inability to exist in the present moment.
In addition to new works on canvas, Future Tense also features Gross’ cabinet card paintings, a series of works painted on antique Victorian photographs dating from the 1880s to the early 1900s. Using mixed media, Gross re-imagines the subjects of these portraits as pop culture characters from film, television or comics.
“Alex Gross’s surrealistic paintings are beautifully rendered and seductive, and his integration of consumer culture motifs and modern tech devices presents an unsettling collision of worlds. He creates a masterful tension between lush, escapist beauty and the anxiety inducing emblems of our white-noise-plagued modern world.” — Shepard Fairey
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Alex Gross was born in 1968 in Roslyn Heights, New York and is currently based in Los Angeles, California. In 1990, he received a BFA with honors from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. In 2007, Gross’ work was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, California. Gross is a recipient of the prestigious Artist’s Fellowship from the Japan Foundation, and several faculty grants from Art Center College of Design. In 2007, Chronicle Books published his first monograph, The Art of Alex Gross. Gingko published his second monograph, Discrepancies, in 2010 and a collection of his cabinet card series in 2012, called Now and Then: The Cabinet Card Paintings of Alex Gross.
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. The gallery moved to Chelsea in 2005, with an eye towards honoring and connecting with the history and context of Post War art. They 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 557C West 23rd Street and 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.