ART: NYC: Johnathan Levine Gallery Triple Exhibit

by Raymond Herrera


By Sharon Adarlo

Spectral babes glowing in the dark. Grotesque chandeliers with curving tentacle arms. Jury-rigged spheres floating like a Death Star in the sky.

These are the beautiful images that will greet you at the latest show at the Jonathan Levine Gallery.

Artists Tara McPherson, Masakatsu Sashie, and Adam Wallacavage are showing their pieces as a trifecta in the gallery, which is noted for exhibiting lowbrow, pop surrealism art work that takes its cues from the Renaissance to contemporary illustration.

Brooklyn-based McPherson is known for her pink and teal paintings of nymph-like women. She takes this a step further in her latest exhibit, “Wandering Luminations,” which show her women glowing in darkness with wrap around snakes and hair-like water. Mysterious animals also abound in her pieces.

Japanese artist Sashie’s new collection of work, “Coacervate,” is detailed, meticulous paintings of surreal man-made, apocalyptic landscapes. The bulk of them depict spheres of rusted metal, old vending machines, and sheets of corrugated steel – all floating in the ether. He has also fashioned a sculpture of a desktop globe – but instead of showing the world as we know it, he shows it as a kind of mechanical, rusty Death Star.

Philadelphia-based Wallacavage latest pieces, “Magic Mountain,” are surreal, intricate sculptures depicting, four-eyed cats, menacing bunny rabbits, sea monsters, and tentacles galore. Many of the sculptures are functional art pieces such as chandeliers, candlesticks, and mirrors. They look alive and ready slither from the wall or ceiling.

The three artists are showing until November 16 at the gallery.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday.