Jonathan Levine gallery presented an exhibition titled Uphill Both Ways in NY
It is a two-person exhibition curated by Roger Gastman, featuring new works by Chicago-based artist Pose and Detroit-based artist Revok. In conjunction with their first show in New York, the artists also collaborated on a large-scale mural on the famed Goldman Properties wall located on Houston and Bowery streets, in lower Manhattan.
Although style, medium and techniques vary between the two artists, their work is strongly connected from a conceptual standpoint.
Pose’s works reference disparate sources—pop and comic art, skateboard and advertising graphics, collage, sign painting and graffiti. Painting portraits of the human condition, he re-appropriates the visual language of the street and overwhelming experience of consumer culture to convey a broad spectrum of emotions—pain, triumph, joy, fear, love and loss. His fragmented imagery is intended to disarm pretense, making the work universally accessible and open to interpretation. Revok creates abstract geometric panels with vibrant colors and striking patterns using found materials sourced from abandoned homes, schools, businesses and churches—sampling bits and pieces of people’s lives, hopes, dreams and aspirations—reinterpreted through rich layers of history, decay and age-worn patina.
This new video by Sam Lipman-Stern catches up with the two artists as they explain the similarities in their creative process and their inspiration for this exhibition.