Dean Levin, ‘Good News Travels Slow’, 2015, Cob

'Good News Travels Slow' is exemplary of Dean Levin’s aesthetic- a refined synthesis of grids, indices, and design and construction techniques. The mirror diptych on display for MATERIAL forms part of a larger body of work that utilises Levin’s distinctive technique, where panels printed with hand-drawn grids reflect starkly monochrome canvases, resulting in large scale sculptural paintings. Through his use of traditional industrial materials, Good New Travels Slow bares the traits of an immaculate manufactured structure. However, on closer inspection, the pristine surface of the polished steel subtly reveals the imperfect marks of the artists hand, dislocating it’s minimalist characteristics reminiscent of the Light and Space works of John McCracken and Peter Alexander- artists who helped pioneer a movement famously based in California, where Levin grew up.

About Dean Levin

Dean Levin’s process-based paintings reflect his training in architecture, dealing with conceptual questions of space and form. His canvases employ grids, indices, and refined design techniques, and are made of such functional materials as fiberglass-reinforced plaster and polished steel. Levin’s monochromes, stained by a special blend of oil and turpentine, are reminiscent of the minimalist Light and Space works of John McCracken and Peter Alexander—artists who helped pioneer a movement famously based in California, where Levin grew up.

South African, b. 1988, Johannesburg, South Africa, based in New York, New York

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2015
Marianne Boesky Gallery at Art Basel in Miami Beach 2015
2015
Marianne Boesky Gallery at Frieze New York 2015