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CRUEL SUMMER @ JONATHAN LEVINE GALLERY

Cruel Summer
Group Exhibition
curated by Roger Gastman

August 6—23, 2014

Opening Reception: Wednesday, August 6, 2014
557C West 23rd Street: 6—8pm
529 West 20th Street: 7—9pm

NEW YORK, NY — Jonathan LeVine Gallery is pleased to present Cruel Summer, a group exhibition curated by collector, graffiti historian and urban anthropologist Roger Gastman.

“The summer of 1984 was awesome. The space shuttle Discovery took off on its maiden voyage, Apple released the Macintosh personal computer, the Olympics rallied the world together and Karate Kid was the hit film featuring the song Cruel Summer by Bananarama. The song and its video of three gorgeous young women roaming the streets of New York City inspired this show.” — Roger Gastman

Cruel Summer will take place in both locations of Jonathan LeVine Gallery (557C West 23rd Street & 529 West 20th Street, in Chelsea) and feature works by over 20 artists, including:Ben Venom, Blade, Caleb Neelon, Cleon Peterson, Cope, Dabs Myla, Finok, Eric Haze, Horfe, HuskMitNavn, Mark Bode, Maya Hayuk, Mike Ballard (Cept), Mike Giant, Niagara, Pose, Revok, Rime, Risk, Sam Friedman, Shepard Fairey, Tim Conlon and Victor Reyes.

Hot summer streets ~ And the pavements are burning ~ I sit around
Trying to smile ~ But the air is so heavy and dry
Strange voices are saying ~ What did they say ~ Things I can’t understand
It’s too close for comfort ~ This heat has got right out of hand
It’s a cruel, cruel summer ~ Leaving me here on my own
It’s a cruel, cruel summer ~ Now you’re gone
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ABOUT ROGER GASTMAN
Roger Gastman began writing graffiti as a teenager in Bethesda, MD, and later parlayed his love for it into a legitimate career as a trusted mediator between underground art scenes and mainstream culture. He founded and published two pop-culture magazines in the 1990s and 2000s called While You Were Sleeping and Swindle (co-published with Shepard Fairey). Gastman served as consulting producer for Banksy’s Oscar-nominated documentary film Exit Through the Gift Shop and has authored over 30 art books includingThe History of American Graffiti, the definitive story behind the most influential art form in the last 100 years. In 2011, Gastman co-curated Art in the Streets, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in Los Angeles, the first comprehensive survey of graffiti and street art at a major museum in the United States. He curated PUMP ME UP: D.C. subculture of the 1980s at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 2013 and produced The Legend of COOL “DISCO” DAN, a companion documentary narrated by Henry Rollins.

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


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THE SEVENTH LETTER PRESENTS #ARTSHARELA

    OPENING TONIGHT MARCH 1, 2013

The Seventh Letter presents #ARTSHARELA show, A celebration of Street Art curated by Casey Zoltan of Known Gallery, featuring gallery pieces & outdoor billboards from noted Los Angeles artists: Saber, Patrick Martinez, Revok, Shepard Fairey, Risk, Push, Rime, Victor Reyes, Pose, Sage Vaughn, Willie T, Zes, Sever, Augustine Kofie, Vizie. The show will include work that will be displayed on over 100 digital billboards running next week and 15 real billboards in the next 3 weeks that will run for over 2 months each. Show opens March 1, and runs until April 7.

For the event tonight 100 white shirts will be on sale, or included with a donation. http://artsharela.org/gallery/seventhletterpresents.html

The black shirt is also limited to a 100 pieces, and will be released today on The Seventh Letters’ webstore http://store.theseventhletter.com




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DANGEROUS DRAWINGS ABOUT NEW YORK TEASER VIDEO

(VHS montage of New York City)
RIME/TOPER
“Snap Back – Dangerous Drawings About New York”
Opens December 15, 2012 at Klughaus Gallery
47 Monroe St. New York, NY 10002
646-801-6024
Details here: klughaus.net/rime-toper

In celebration of Klughaus Gallery’s one-year anniversary, we are thrilled to announce “Snap Back – Dangerous Drawings About New York,” a dual artist show featuring Brooklyn natives RIME (Jersey Joe) and TOPER. “Snap Back” will feature illustrations and paintings that integrate elements of the artists’ past experiences living in New York City; each piece is inspired by a personal story. “TOPER is one of my oldest friends and a very talented guy with a very interesting life experience,” says RIME. “This show aims to tap into our life experience coming up in New York.”



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MAD SOCIETY / KNOWN GALLERY / DEC 9TH

With worldwide acclaim achieved through a tireless dedication to a craft that is constantly under fire from outward sources looking to quell their cultural impact, a group of individuals with mutual admiration for one another have endured. Having presented work at the street-level in dilapidated areas both domestic and abroad, as well as in some of the largest and most respected museums and galleries in the world, these artists continue to be a driving force in not only promoting art, but the idea that surrounding yourself with the elite is a formula for inherent growth and endless blue chip opportunities.

Known Gallery is proud to present “MAD SOCIETY” on December 9 at Known Gallery, Los Angeles. Featuring new works from REVOK, RETNA, POSE, RIME, RISK, REYES, PUSH, ASKEW, ROID and ZES. Pieces include foraged geometric collages, pop color creations, politically-charged critiques, vivid abstractions and much more – with each blending traits and techniques learned years prior with acquired knowledge and masterful style procured from decades-long collaborations with one another. “Mad Society” perseveres.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

Show opens: Sunday December 9, 2012 | Noon – 6pm
Show runs: December 9 – 24, 2012

Hours during shows:
Wednesday thru Saturday: 12 – 7pm
Sunday: 12 – 6pm


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TALKING ABOUT “SKETCHY M%#HERFUCKERS”

This video documents Rime's process in preparing for the "SKETCHY M%#HERFUCKERS" art show at Known Gallery.

RIME & KC – SKETCHY M%#HERFUCKERS
DABS & MYLA – BREAK NIGHT LOVERS
Opens: May 5, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: May 5 – 19, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com

Find out more at:
www.TheSeventhLetter.com
KnownGallery.com


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RIME / KC / DABS MYLA – KNOWN GALLERY – MAY 5TH

Made to please intrigue and offend. Be sure to check us out…

RIME / KC / DABS MYLA
Opens: May 5, 2012 | 8-11pm
Runs: May 5 – 19, 2012

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
info@knowngallery.com


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REVOK, RIME, ROIDS GO CROSS COUNTRY

TheSeventhLetter presents: Revok, Rime & Roids Cross Country.

This video documents the process of the artists getting ready for their show at KnownGallery titled “Perseverance” in August of 2012. Then traveling the art cross country from Detroit Michigan to Los Angeles CA, stopping along the way to paint and take in all America has to offer.

Directed By KC Ortiz kcortizphoto.com


“MSK” by Revok, Rime, Roids and Pose in Chicago



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PERSEVERANCE

This video covers our process of running around, hanging out and creating art work in the city of Detroit. All work made was thrown in a truck and is on it’s way to Los Angeles. Be sure to check out the finished work at Known Gallery on August 20th.

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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