Daniel Levine, Buttercup, 2003-2004
May 15, 2010 – June 26, 2010
Gallery Sonja Roesch is pleased to announce an exhibition of monochrome paintings by Daniel Levine. Since 1990, Levine has created groups of closed-system paintings that embrace the following elements: off-square painting supports of modest scale and varying depths, small borders to amplify the paintings’ complex surfaces, a variety of media (oil, gouache, flashe), and a palette of primary colors. The works in this show, while continuing Levine’s long-standing interest in surface, light, and painterly materials, expand upon this working process in the exploration of open-system paintings.
Using subtle gradations, Levine slowly builds up layers of white and yellow paint, creating complex painterly surfaces. These works reveal themselves over time and from various vantage points, offering the subtle beauty of paint imbedded in an archeology of brushstrokes. Light – especially natural light – is a completing factor in seeing and understanding the paintings. Also, since these works are created over a number of years and the process is documented on the verso of each piece, they are a kind of discrete, personal history of a painting.
Daniel Levine has exhibited in Europe and the United States since 1984 and was the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a New York Foundation for the Arts grant. His work is represented in the Panza Collection, Italy, The Museo Cantonale d’Arte, Lugano, Switzerland, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo and private collections in Europe and the United States. He lives and works in New York City.