SpencerChalkLevy

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GUSTAV KLIMT 155 – BIRTHDAY PARTY
Gustav Klimts 155th anniversary
15.July 2017 | 10 -19 pm
Feldmühlgasse 11 – 1130 Wien
 
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Klimt Villa Wien
Spencer Chalk-Levy – Consumption and Lace
Exhibition: 15.7.- 31.7. 2017
Feldmühlgasse 1130 Wien
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Spencer Chalk-Levy Consumption and Lace
Anlässlich des 155. Geburtstages von Gustav Klimt kooperiert die Klimt Villa Wien erstmals mit ARCC.art zur Förderung und Sichtbarmachung junger, hochtalentierter Künstler und Künstlerinnen. Für diese Kooperation ausgewählt wurde Spencer Chalk-Levy, dessen Arbeiten ein außergewöhnlich hohes Potential haben. Für zwei Wochen ist die Ausstellung “Consumption and Lace” in der Klimt Villa zu besuchen.
 
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Der New Yorker Künstler Spencer Chalk-Levy ist ein scharfer Beobachter. Inspiriert von Menschen, Kulturen und Farben kreiert er eine einzigartige visuelle Sprache. In den teils grotesken, cartoonesken Szenerien steht immer der Mensch im Mittelpunkt. Seine Figuren reduziert er auf das Wesentliche.
 
Mit wenigen Strichen und einer ganz spezifischen, oft monochromen Farbgebung formen sich Persönlichkeiten, teils dem eigenen Leben entnommen, teils der Geschichte. Angesichts Chalk-Levys Arbeiten werden BetrachterInnen zu VoyeurInnen und GeschichtenerzählerInnen und erhalten einen flüchtigen, schnappschussartigen Einblick in die Abgründe des menschlichen Daseins.

Spencer Chalk-Levy was born and raised in New York City and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor in Fine Art from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He currently works in Vienna and New York.
In his work he confronts the role of beauty and the grotesque as an aesthetic category, while using it as a vehicle for exploring subtler themes, such as mortality and conventional ideas of society.
The inspiration for his playful and bizarre figures, often presented in dramatic narratives, are mainly drawn from real life observations, following the inspirational sources of artists he admires most. Notably from 2012-2014, he worked as a bartender in one of Berlin’s upscale Gentlemen’s clubs/Brothel to follow in the footsteps of both Egon Schiele and Toulouse Lautrec. He wanted to capture and live amongst modern day versions of the prostitutes, Schiele and Lautrec obsessed over.
With an acute sensitivity, he taps into to traditional techniques and the pictorial language of historical art genres, while injecting contemporary elements through blending it with the colorful and detailed aesthetic, descended from book and fashion illustrations. The emotional resonance of his staged scenes and characters trigger the viewer to dive into the current state of the narrative, instinctively approaching his/her active powers of the imagination to continue on the sequel of the scenery. Colliding traditional genres, illustration and subject matter, Chalk-Levy has developed a unique style with a distinctive design.
In his recent experiments in the realm of digitally woven tapestries, he explores how his contemporary re-interpretations and the use of advanced production processes, impact their meaning and tradition.

http://www.spencerchalklevy.com/

 

 

 

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