Samantha Levin Fine Art

Venue  |  Exhibitions
Hallway Study 11, 2010 Oil On Canvas 18x24 © Tun Myaing 2010
Koneko Mixed Media On Board 24x36" © Jeff Faerber
My Love For You, 2010 Oil On Canvas © Christian van Minnen
Healing Sutra 13, 2010 Hand Embroidery On Vintage Fabric Stained With Walnut Ink Variable © Erin Endicott
Avenging Annie, 2015 Pastel, Metal Leaf On Paper 12 X 17.5 © Caitlin Karolczak 2015
Samantha Levin Fine Art
26 Bushwick Ave
brooklyn, NY 11211
Venue Type: Alternative Space
Samantha Levin
Gallery type
New York, contemporary, emerging, outsider/folk, street-art/graffiti/pop, specialty/retail

The Anagnorisis Project is a curatorial endeavor that aims to explore that curious, indefinable void that is created by the grotesque in visual art.  Samantha Levin has been curating exhibitions for this project for the past three years.

    “When we use the word “grotesque” we record, among other things, the sense that though our attention has been arrested, our understanding is unsatisfied.  Grotesqueries both require and defeat definition: they are neither so regular and rhythmical that they settle easily into our categories, nor so unprecedented that we do not recognize them at all.”  Geoffrey Galt Harpham, On the Grotesque

    “It is a common usage to call ‘monster’ an unfamiliar concord of dissonant elements: the centaur, the chimera are thus defined for those without understanding.  I call ‘monster’ all original inexhaustible beauty”  Alfred Jarry, Les Monstres

Much of the work you’ll find in this project is dark, but that is not why it’s grotesque.  The grotesque describes a dissonant threshold that lies between what’s understood and what’s senseless; unresolvable and arresting.  Samantha believes this resulting cognitive dissonance is a large part of what makes artwork so important.  Art opens the mind to allow for new ideas.

The word Anagnorisis (pronounced an-ag-nor-sis) refers to the moment when the hero of a Greek tragedy discovers the truth of his or her situation. Overall it means, “from ignorance to knowledge”. This term aptly describes the ineffable reaction so many have after viewing a mind-opening work of art – a visual anagnorisis, if you will.  

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