Yasha Young sees international curatorial collaborations to be the natural progression from her roots at Strychnin Gallery, which she founded in 1998 with locations in London, New York and Berlin. With over a decade of experience as a producer, Young collaborates with artists on independent projects for motion picture companies, record labels, auction houses and publishing companies. In 2013, Young conceptualized Urban Nation Berlin, an initiative of the Berliner Leben Foundation that supports artists with a strong emphasis on urban contemporary art. As the Executive Director of UN, Young developed ProjectM and OneWall, programs interested in raising social awareness and reclaiming cities through exchanges between artists and communities.
Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Trifecta, a group exhibition curated by Yasha Young featuring works by Handiedan, Mimi Scholz and Sandra Chevrier on view through July 25, 2015.
Trifecta brings together three international female artists who are at the forefront of a contemporary art movement, reimagining representations of women. Through an array of media, Handiedan, Scholz and Chevrier use the female figure as their subject and are strong voices for a new generation of artists. The curator Yasha Young states, “This exhibition addresses the fact that art created by women has been historically dismissed as craft as opposed to fine art, affecting the development of women in art throughout history. I would like to open doors for women artists and encourage them to step out and up.”
Dutch artist Handiedan pushes mixed-media collage to a higher level by digitally creating classic female pin-ups using ornamental components such as currencies, sheet music and her own cartoon drawings. Handiedan rebuilds these digital designs into multi-layered hand-cut collages that end up with a distinctive three-dimensional quality. Her pin-ups look like something between an orientally adorned femme fatale from a noir film, a sexually joyful pin-up from a 1950’s calendar and a tattooed rockabilly girl. Each work is a treasure trove of symbols, with a focus on cosmology, Eastern philosophy and sacred geometries.
Mimi Scholz is based in Berlin and creates digital paintings that sarcastically comment on clichés regarding the female psyche and sexuality. Starting with a detailed sketch and then using a tablet to add multiple layers of color, her compositions are printed on canvas and have an airbrushed quality that closely resembles oil painting. Known for her subject matter of “unpredictable women with attitude” and often accompanied by strange creatures, her works are set in a manically imagined world where the lines between good and evil, sane and insane are blurred.
Montreal-based artist Sandra Chevrier merges painting and collage in works that reflect upon the self-imposed limitations within our world and the underlying tragedy of oppressed female identity. In her series Cages, finely hand-painted portraits of women are masked with pages from comic books, symbolizing the struggle of having to uphold unrealistic expectations of beauty and perfection. By imposing these strict limitations, society is placing women in prisons of identity and asking them to become superheroes. In the greater body of her work, the images used within ‘cages’ range from scenes of conflict, triumph and defeat. Often focusing on the latter, the artist highlights the fragility of the superhero, their personal weaknesses and exposes the humanity within the superhuman.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
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 557C West 23rd Street and 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011. For further information, please visit: www.jonathanlevinegallery.com, email:firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 212-243-3822.