Clouds and Skulls at Jonathan Levine
By George Koroneos
For the second year in a row, Jonathan Levine Gallery played host to Jeff Soto, and this time he's got Jim Houser sitting shotgun. Soto went gloomy with "Storm Clouds," a show that takes many of his well-known creatures and plunges them into sepia-tone worlds with beat up cars, jungles, and deserted wastelands. Rainbows, a glimmer of hope in a world teeming with Walkers and doom and gloom, occasionally crack through the darkness. The preview show last Friday night was packed tighter than Levine's usually crammed openings with artists, vinyl toy creators, and collectors peppering the crowd.
Jim Houser roamed his portion of the show, greeting fans and showing off "As Obvious as a Skull," a collection of emerald and pastel colored paintings and sculptures. The room was filled with music flowing out of two custom-designed amplifiers paired up with handmade guitars.
The show continues through October 6. Visit www.jonathanlevinegallery.com for more details.
Jeff Soto plays totem pole with Jonathan Levine (bottom).
From left, Jonathan Levine, Jeff Soto's brother, and Jeff Soto party down at the Blaqk Audio show after the gallery opening.
A packed house
Jeff Soto is the life of the party
Soto chats with KidLew and Nichole "Toy Baroness" Lindsay
From left, collector Ron Dominguez, collector Jeff Newman, and a Soto fan.
Ron Dominguez, Jeff Soto, and artist Mark Dean Veca
KidLew, Nichole "Toy Baroness" Lindsay, and Tara Mcpherson
This may or may not be the lead singer of Coheed and Cambria. I cannot confirm of deny.
From left, Marc and Sara Schiller from the Wooster Collective and friends.
Jim Houser and Jonathan Levine
Artist Mark Dean Veca and Ron English
A profile of an artist
Close view of "Water"
Close view of "Floating in the Garden" by Jeff Soto
Jim Houser's work
Pondering "California Ice Age"
Artist Mark Dean Veca and Jonathan Levine
Close view of "Cold Ice Age Dream" by Jeff Soto
Close view of "Think of the Future" by Jeff Soto
"Tone of Voice" by Jim Houser
"This Hand Wants to Help" by Jim Houser
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