Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, David X Levine: Drawings.
In his last exhibition at Eight Modern in 2010, Levine presented work that paid tribute to the popular music and musicians that he loved. Levine’s most recent work flirts with the conventions of minimalism. His rounded edges have been sharpened and new colors clash or flash in fluorescents. However, though the artist has embraced the rectangle and the right angle, his work has not lost its characteristic playfulness and sensuality.
Levine’s medium is colored pencil on paper. Using Prismacolor colored pencils, he builds up forms and fields of profoundly saturated color with numberless pencil strokes and buffing the surfaces to a smooth, waxy finish. The Boston Globe noted that “The colors, the nearly invisible pencil marks, and the rhythms of the geometry add up to a brassy, crisp, albeit unsettling homage…Levine is rising to his task, and he does it with color, texture, white space, and an uneasy sense that order is coming undone.”
While at first glance the manual precision and sleek surfaces of Levine’s drawings can appear almost machine-processed, closer examination betrays the marks of the artist’s hand and the idiosyncratic mind behind the highly finished but intimately personal works. Most of the pieces in this show are named after artists who loom large in Levine’s consciousness and working life.
“Most drawings in this show are named after artists in my life who have affected me most deeply,” Levine says. “The titling, as well as the work, has been largely about memorializing. And underneath that is love, which I think is the number one essence running through all my work – at least I would like to think that was so.”
Levine is originally from Boston and wrote poetry for a decade before entering the art world. He lives and works in New York, and has been exhibited regularly in both solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States over the past decade.