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Nelson Levine
Brooklyn, NY
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Neighborhood: Midwood



ARTIST STATEMENT: Nelson Levine Artist Statement My goal, when creating my paintings is a kind of synthesis of many disparate elements loosely distilled into two categories I call “Contrasts” and “Concepts”. In the category of “Contrasts”, one could further departmentalize it into two subcategories. The first of which you could call the lyrical, the poetic, the intuitive, free flowing and boundless. The second subset could be called the analytical, logical, the regimented, mathematical and structured. The lyrical elements would be those often found in the “background” of the paintings, and the structured ones in the “foreground”. The second category called “Concepts” refers to the concept or story each painting is telling. Usually this is some kind of twist on the traditional figure and ground relationship. Some paintings might use an over abundance of “figures”, some part of which are superior to other objects in the foreground, and some parts hidden by other objects. The result of which is a complex spatial viewing experience. Other works might rely on the “figure” or even the background being cut away revealing the wall or a separate board behind the painting, so that this “figure” in the first case is there visually and not there physically, both at the same time. This, being there and not being there concept is a very exciting idea to base my art on. In the second case where real objects cross over the cut out background, one has the sense that these objects also transform from a painted figure on a ground to an object in real space like a flat painted sculpture. As you track the object across the painting they appear to go back and forth from the painted picture plane to the real world.
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  • "Cubism"
    1999
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Cube Diptych"
    1998/2006
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Rectangle Diptych"
    2001
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Islands"
    2002
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Diptych with Square cut out"
    2009
    acrylic paint and modeling paste

  • "Squiggle"
    1999
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Swirl"
    1999
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Pyramid"
    2009
    acrylic paint, glitter and modeling paste

  • "Three Diamonds"
    2008
    acrylic paint and metal leaf

  • "Frame Painting"
    2008
    acrylic paint and modeling paste

  • "Crossing Over"
    2008
    acrylic paint

  • "Floating Cube"
    2009
    Acrylic paint and wood dowels

  • "Three Squares"
    2008
    acrylic paint, glitter and modeling paste

  • "Who's Affraid of Red Yellow and Blue?"
    2003
    acrylic paint, metal leaf and glitter and modeling paste

  • "Hubba Hubba"
    2008
    acrylic paint and modeling paste
 








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