"Overgrown" features a bold new series of work by Gosha Levochkin, that stems from an exploration of and reaction to the artist's urban environment. Gosha's artwork is inspired by his inherent need to wander, roam, explore and search for something new. He is intrigued with how people live their daily lives in urban density and clutter and somehow make it all work. In this new series, Gosha imagines a world where nature begins to permeate the urban environment. He brings these images to life, through playful yet thought - provoking compositions.
"Overgrown" is Gosha's second show with C.A.V.E. Gallery.
"It's funny how this whole series came to. Three years ago, I was watching a show about what would happen to cities if humans just suddenly disappeared. What would happen to the environment that we created and left? What would it look like? Would the creatures left behind adapt to their newly acquired surroundings? These were some of the questions that popped in my head and it allowed me to revision a new world.
The show title 'Overgrown' also has a second personal meaning - because a part of me grew into a new painting style that I want to continue exploring. I am always trying to challenge my technique. For these new pieces, I explored using more gouache, to add different types of depth and texture. This media reminds me of traditional cartoons, where the backgrounds were done in watercolor and the characters were opaque. I explored the juxtaposition and balance of flat versus translucent forms and experimented with the balance between the two. At the same time I also dove deeper into refining the smaller details in each piece.
I am also excited about my new collaboration with Suji Kim, which is something I am planning on doing more in the future. The layers of material add a "feel" and real dimension to my work that brings the painting to life."