Gosha Levochkin’s latest body of work, Escape, explores the emotional responses to life’s challenges and triumphs from adolescence to adulthood. Water flows out of stone busts while ivy leaves and blooming flowers encircle stone monuments in a combination of still life animation, swatches of brilliant color, and washes of subdued tones. Influenced by the delicate hues of Japanese watercolor painting, and the importance of nature as a form of reflection and meditation, these organic elements act as moments of peace amongst the intensity of the vibrant, graphic rendering. Traversing the picture plane, the boy figure, dressed as a soviet militant, appears as a representation of Levochkin himself surviving the adversities he encountered growing up. At age 10, Levochkin’s mother escaped the oppressive regime of the Soviet Union for a chance at a better life in Los Angeles. Escape is intended to serve as a collection of memories, but also as a means to re-imagine and acknowledge the importance one’s own personal history.
“The Department of Water and Power"
In his latest body of work entitled The Department of Water and Power, Devin Liston combines loose abstraction with structured design and composition depicted by flowing water juxtaposed against typographical signage. On a more conceptual level, the canvases express an existential search for power and meaning. Vases permeate the imagery as carriers of water and nourishment. As a representation of life source and humanity, they have the power to sustain life within them and allow it to flourish. Within the series, which uses friends as well as monks as primary figurative representations, Liston’s portraiture merges detailed realism with an expressionist brushstroke, and dabs of vibrant color. These figures are at once familiar and comforting, yet also act as spirit guides along our upward swim towards self-empowerment.
“Friends with Benefits” - Group Exhibition
Sharing a graphically stylistic approach across a wide range of mediums and themes, the group show Friends with Benefits illustrates the interconnectivity of artists working in the Los Angeles area. Featuring Cyrcle, Carlos Gonzales (The1point8), Maxwell McMaster, Drew Merritt, Rob Sato, Cun Shi, Nathan Smith, Hannah Stouffer, Miles Thompson, Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros, and Sebastien Walker, each friend was carefully selected by Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin. The artists are meant to be seen as peers, contemporaries and collaborators in their field.
The influences of these artists range from street art, graphics, pop art, psychedelic imagery and colors to icons of urban culture, contextualized by the ubiquitous grit of the metropolitan city. Techniques range from automatism to portraiture to graphic illustration. When brought together, the selected works exhibit more than a distinction of formal qualities, they draw attention to the complex network of artists that represent the urban aesthetic of Los Angeles.