Jill Levine

b. New York, NY

STATEMENT

For many years I have explored the territory between painting and sculpture. The sculptures hang on the wall. They are built from pre-cut Styrofoam shapes that are tooth picked together, eventually glued into place and covered with rigid wrap and modeling compound. The image is drawn, sometimes projected and painted with oil paint.

 

For years, the sculptures always had a human scale, kind of a half torso size, but my work has always had a playful side and the idea of symmetry pushed me towards sculptures that were more of a hybrid between the animal/human worlds. Over the years the forms have morphed from built up globular, exploding structures to a simpler format. The current work is comprised of symmetrical shapes that take on a more totemic feeling. I have been travelling to Mexico for the past twenty years and have incorporated my interest in Pre -Columbian art into the work. 

 

These sculptures reference images from Mexican codices, as well as ceramics and sculpture from various sites. The sources for color that warps and weaves across the forms are often found in serapes. Drawing is laid over the horizontal bands creating multiple visual layers. For example in “Frazada”, a lacey Day of the Dead image painted in black lies on top of bands of vibrant color. Other sculptures reference insects, animals or the death god, Mictlantecuhtli. Although the sculptures seem to belong to a common clan they maintain their individuality.

EDUCATION

MFA Yale University, School of Art, New Haven, CT, 1977

Royal College of Art, London, 1976

BA Queens College, New York, NY, 1975

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

NOW, High Noon Gallery, New York, NY

2018

Can U Dig It? (with Colin Thomson), High Noon Gallery, New York, NY

2015

Jill Levine, Wall DrawingsHionas Gallery, New York, NY

 

2014

Jill Levine, Cats Talk, Hionas Gallery, New York, NY

2013

Gravity's Elbow (with Theresa Hackett), the George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

2007

South of the BorderP.P.O.W, New York, NY

2003

P·P·O·W, New York, NY

Bernard Toale Fine Arts, Boston, MA

2001

Fine Silver Gallery, San Antonio, TX

 

2000

Mid Career Survey show, Art Inc. New York, NY

 

1999

P·P·O·W, New York, NY

 

1997

Esso Gallery, New York, NY

Conversation #2, with Susan Wanklyn, Art Inc., New York, NY

 

1993

Project SpaceJose Freire Fine Art, New York, NY

 

1992, 1990

fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

 

1989

Real Art Ways, with Ian Harvey, Hartford, CT

fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

 

1988, 1987

fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

NEO GEO NOW, curated by Ylise Kessler, Webster Collection and Ylise Kessler Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM

 

2018

Languages of the Heart, curated by Colin Thomson and Lindsay Walt, John Molloy Gallery, NY, NY with catalogue

 

2017

The Painted Desert Part II, curated by Jared Linge, High Noon Gallery, NY, NY

The Painted Desert Part I, curated by Jared Linge, High Noon Gallery, NY, NY

The Interaction of Colour, curated by Virginia Walsh, Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY

2016

Drawing for Sculpture, curated by Courtney Puckett, TSA Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Voyage of the Beagle, curated by Peggy Cyphers, Radiator Gallery, LIC, NY

Sensing Place, Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, NY

Ways and Means, curated by Jason Andrew, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY

 

2015

#TBT, Hionas Gallery, NY, NY

Twofold: Artist-Teacher, Teacher-Artist (catalogue), curated by Cecile Chong, Dedalus Foundation, Industry City, Brooklyn, NY

Ulterior Motif, curated by Naomi Cohn, The Painting Center, New York, NY

 

2013

Flux/Quirk, The George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

 

2012 

Pillow Talk, Ille Arts, Amagansett, NY

Between the Two: Six Artists from NY, the George Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA

 

2010

Make Yourself at Home, 7eleven Gallery, New York, NY

Fifty Works for Fifty States, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

Drawn to New York, Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, NY

 

2009

Mary’s Choice, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

2006

Two Friends and So On, Andrew Kreps, New York, NY

2004

Conceptual Realism, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

 

2003

Port Louis Art In Embassies Program, Port Louis, Mauritius

 

2001

She Lives on Love Street, Cheryl Pelavin Fine Art, New York, NY

Expanding Tradition: Contemporary Works Influenced by Indian Miniatures, Deutsche Bank, New York, NY

2000

Snapshot, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

Paintland, Schmidt Contemporary Art Center, Los Angeles, CA

Paintland, Lemon Sky, A Project Space, Los Angeles, CA

1998

Women Artists in the Vogel Collection, Brenau University, Gainesville, GA

 

1997

Sculpture, James Graham and Sons, New York, NY

New Gallery Artists, Lemberg Gallery, Birmingham, MI 

Across Lines, curated by Dan Devine, Rosenberg Gallery, Hofstra University, New York, NY

 

1996

Thing, Deven Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

Art Exchange, Esso Gallery, New York, NY

A.R.T., Gramercy Park Hotel, New York, NY

Incestuous, curated by Carter Kustera, Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY

1994

Delving and Tinkering, curated by Tom Butler, E.S. Vandam, New York, NY

 

1993

Legend in My Living Room, curated by Terry Myers, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL

Hybrid Sculpture: New Direction in Contemporary Sculpture, Art Finds, Marsha Fogel Gallery, East Hampton, New York, NY

Inaugural Exhibition, Tennisport Arts, Long Island City, NY

1992

Play Between Fear and Desire, curated by Jennifer Gross, Germans Van Eyck, New York, NY

1991

Gallery Group Exhibition: The Second One, fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

Object/Subject: Sculpture/Installation, Paul Cava Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

 

1990

Gallery Group Exhibition: The First One, fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

 

1989

Strange Attractors: Signs of Chaos, curated by Laura Trippi, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, N.Y 

fiction/nonfiction, New York, NY

1988

Wreaths, Arsenal Gallery, New York, NY

Sculpture 1988: A Salon of Small Scale Work, White Columns, New York, NY

John Davis Gallery, New York, NY

The Summer Exhibition 1988: 22 Artists, Michael Walls Gallery, New York, NY

Sculpture: On the Wall and on the Floor, curated by Jane Rosen, Katzen/Brown Gallery, New York, NY

 

1987

Sculpture Center, New York, NY

The Level Volume, curated by Judy Pfaff, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

Contemplating Things, A sculpture Show in Two Parts, fiction/nonfiction, NY

Queens College Alumni Show, New York, NY

Tower Gallery, New York, NY

Equilateral, Six to Six Gallery, New York, NY

 

1986

Not For Sale, Six to Six Gallery, New York, NY

Transformations, Richard Green Gallery, New York, NY

Indoors/Outdoors, El Bohio, New York, NY

Wrap-Up, Six to Six Gallery, New York, NY

 

1985

The Mystery Show, The Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ

On Relief, Washington Square East Galleries, New York, NY

 

1984

Exhibition One, Madeline Carter Fine Arts, Brookline, MA

 

1983

CAPS Fellowship Exhibit, Henry Street Settlement, New York, NY

 

1981

Artists of the Eighties, Webb Parsons Gallery, New Canaan, CT

 

1979

Bates College, Lewiston, ME

 

1977 

Seven Springs, Bedford, NY

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Vogel Collection at the National Gallery of Art
Colorado Springs Fine Art Center
The University of Michigan Museum of Fine Art, Ann Arbor
Plains Art Museum, Fargo, North Dakota
Akron Art Museum, Ohio
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Portland Art Museum, Oregon
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pa.
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina
South Dakota Art Museum, South Dakota State University, Brookings
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Tennessee
Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art, Utah State University, Logan
Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, Burlington
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond
Huntington Museum of Fine Art, West Virginia
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
The Dupont Corporation
Prudential Insurance Company of America
The Edwards Collection
The Oliver-Hoffman Collection
The Peter Norton Collection
PAFA, Philadelphia, PA

 

 

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