Titled “Thirst,” the group of graffiti-inspired paintings by artistic duo devNgosha (Devon Liston and Gosha Levochkin) is centered on this theme, as both a physical and emotional experience. Linked by a painted stream of water that flows across the walls and over the surface of some of the compositions, the works feature rainbow-colored skulls, desert landscapes, and agonized faces. The artists took the droughts endemic to California as their starting point, linking the land’s need for water to its residents’ need for emotional sustenance.
Their words sum up the sentiment shared by all three bodies of work on view: “People move to Los Angeles…looking for answers and searching for meaning. Sometimes those who seek a new life here find themselves stuck in the dry, desolate existential vacuum that is Los Angeles. Others find exactly what they’re looking for.”