Andy Kehoe “Luminous Reverie”

Jonathan LeVine Gallery

poster for Andy Kehoe “Luminous Reverie”

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Jonathan LeVine Gallery presents Luminous Reverie, a series of new mixed media works on panel by Pittsburgh-based artist Andy Kehoe, in what will be his third solo exhibition at the gallery.

Known for human-animal hybrid figures set in forested backgrounds, Kehoe’s recent works have evolved to include a new technique of painting his distinct imagery in oil and acrylic on multiple layers of resin. Incorporating this new medium has added illusions of shadow and dimension, altering spatial relationships from background to foreground and expanding the level of depth between subjects and their surrounding environment.

In this exhibition, Kehoe introduces another new aspect to his process by adding elements sculpted with polymer clay—placing antlers, trees and other details within layers of poured resin and paint. This marks the first time the artist’s work will contain three-dimensional objects submerged within the flat surface of his two-dimensional tableaus. In one piece, painted shards of broken glass resemble an erupting volcano. Other scenes portray a moon-like island suspended in the sky and a giant gnarled tree possessing a gateway to an alternate dimension. In Kehoe’s words, “I’ve always loved creating little worlds within my work. One of my favorite aspects of these resin boxes is that they contain an almost tangible version of these enclosed little worlds of mine.”

The show title Luminous Reverie, alludes to the idea of experiencing clarity of vision when lost in a daydream. It is also a reference to the radiant use of light throughout the imagery. There is a heightened ethereal quality to this body of work. Many of the figures are silhouetted, glowing and ghost-like or darkened, cast in shadow. Marbleized textures in the night skies are punctuated with stars and celestial bodies. Clouds, fogs and mists lend a sense of mystery to the atmosphere. Overall, the narratives have become more abstract, capturing moments in time as poetic fragments rather than full stories. Loaded with a greater sense of drama and emotion, the fantastical scenarios are pushed beyond the bounds of fantasy into a looser realm of the unimagined rather than the imagined.

Andy Kehoe was born in 1978 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he is currently based. In 2003, he received a BFA in Illustration from Parsons School of Design in New York. Kehoe’s aesthetic is largely inspired by traditional folktales and mythological art. Nostalgic for a time before the age of science and reason, Kehoe’s work rekindles a childlike sense of wonder, recalling an era when fables and legends were believed as truths to explain mysteries of the unknown.



from May 18, 2013 to June 15, 2013


Andy Kehoe

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