1. “Mosh Pits, Raves and One Small Orgy” at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery
In his first solo exhibit Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise, artist Dan Witz features large-scale oil paintings on canvas produced over the past ten years. The now Brooklyn-based artist was originally inspired by subway graffiti while he was an art student. This exhibit reflects his background as a musician during the downtown scene in New York in the early 1980s, as well as the influence of Renaissance painters on his work. As the press release describes, Witz’ “large-scale oil paintings of rampant crowds embody a rebellious and provocative nature that’s heightened by a stunning hyperreal aesthetic.”
Mr. Witz photographs his subjects, prints an a-chromatic underpainting on canvas, and then glazes and scumbles over this foundation. Mosh Pits, Human and Otherwise will be on view through April 30 at the Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, Gallery II.