March 14th – Michael LeVell Opening Reception at Tierra’s Gallery

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Michael LeVell

Reception: March 14th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
Run: March 14th – May 2, 2020

Tierra del Sol Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition of Michael LeVell, one of the founding artists of the progressive studios of Tierra del Sol. LeVell’s two and three-dimensional works are inspired by his deep appreciation of architectural imagery.

Michael LeVell, Untitled (109) , N.D., 11 x 15″

 

While legally blind, LeVell is a connoisseur of magazine Architectural Digest. He studies the periodical’s resulting acrylic paintings are saturated color fields of abstracted interiors that seem at once timeless and refreshingly contemporary.

LeVell renders his exterior landscapes in colored pencil with bold geometry and mostly primary colors. He covers the paper multiple times and then redacts it to produce richly textured surfaces. LeVell then finishes the works with hand-drawn frames in various colors, including pastels that help to create dimensionality and a sophisticated sculptural effect.

There is an evocative tactile quality to LeVell’s two-dimensional pieces that he teases out in his slab ceramic works. LeVell makes two distinct types of rough-hewn, hand-shaped objects: furniture and abstract geometric forms. Both have direct relationships to his interior and exterior paintings and drawings and placed within the gallery installation, they act as bridges between the 2D styles. Studying the objects in this perspective allows the viewer to see the surprising connections between the brutalist geometric forms and the interiors, as well as the formalism joining the furniture and the exterior drawings.

Like fellow black Angeleno and legally blind contemporary artist Dominique Moody, LeVell moves easily between works on paper and sculpture. An intuitive spatial awareness builds a cohesion of loose form, line, and density of color.  And, like Claude Monet who also was visually impaired, these artists make what they see and feel in a way that offers the viewer a glimpse into an abstracted articulation of the world around us.

This is Michael LeVell’s first solo exhibition at Tierra del Sol Gallery. We are excited to welcome our audience into his world from March 14 – May 2, 2020.

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