Grant Levy-Lucero

Pedigree

September 24–November 2, 2019 West Gallery
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Three hand made ceramic vessels on a white shelf, from left to right: Brie’s Cesar, Olive’s Milk-Bone, and Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree. Brie’s Cesar is a stout blue vessel with one handle. The “Cesar” dog food logo appears written in white in a thick black band around the neck of the pitcher. Just below the logo is a floating plate of dog food and a small fluffy white dog leaning over a yellow “best in show” sign. In the middle is Olive’s Milk-Bone, a short red vessel with two small handles on either side. The “Milk-Bone” logo is written in black on top of a white bone. Beneath the logo is a portrait of brown dog. To the right is Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo is the word “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of twelve ceramic vessels installed on a long three-level pedestal that is reminiscent of a winners podium. There are four vessels on each step. The midsection of the pedestal is the tallest step, the left section is the next tallest, and the right section is the shortest. The vessels vary in size and have one or two handles each. They are colored brightly in red, greens, pink, purple, and blues, and each references a different brand of dog food and depicts a portrait of a dog.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Installation view of twelve ceramic vessels along the left wall on a three-level pedestal and a painting on the back right wall.) 

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand made and resemble tall pitchers with one or two handles. On the far left is Wild Dogs’ Prairie, a muted pink vessel with two handles with the “Wild Dog” logo wrapped around the neck. Below the logo is a crude depiction of two black dogs playing in a sand pit with sparse grass patches. To its right is Augies’s Alpo, a green vessel with a handle on the right side of the neck. Just below the neck is the red and white “Alpo” logo above the words “Prime Cuts.” Underneath the text is a depiction of a German Shepard’s head next to a field of brown dots. On its right is Monkey’s Kibbles ‘n Bits, a red vessel with small handles on either side of the neck. Between the handles is a depiction of a white dog with pointy ears holding a blue plate. Superimposed on the plate is the “Kibble ‘n Bits” logo. Around the base of the vessel is a pattern of small brown kibbles. The last work to the left is Science Diet Dogs’ Playing Poker, a navy blue vessel with two handles with the “Science Diet” logo appearing above a depiction of four dogs playing poker at a round table.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of Portrait of Grant Levy-Lucero and Monkey, a painting of the artist Grant Levy-Lucero and his dog Monkey sitting on his lap by painter Henry Taylor. He is wearing a light green shirt and the small white dog has a collar on.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand built and resemble pitchers or urns with one or two handles. On the far left is Pnut’s Iams, a light green vessel with two handles that depicts a portrait of a brown dog superimposed on top of a dark green paw print. Below the portrait is “Iams” logo in white. To the right is Dachschunds’ Joy, a black vessel with one big handle on the left. Below the neck is the “Joy Dog Food” logo written in white and black on a red banner. Below the banner is a painting of three small dogs on a field. On its right is Colombo’s Pedigree, a bright pink vessel with two small handles. In the center of the vessel is a large yellow rectangle, in which the “Pedigree” logo appears on a red ribbon above a portrait of a black and brown dog. To the far right is Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the left. On the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019

Grant Levy-Lucero Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 29 x 13 x 13 in. (A frontal view of Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side of the narrower neck. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo are the words “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)

Grant Levy-Lucero

Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, 2019

Stoneware and glaze

29 × 13 × 13 in.

Grant Levy-Lucero Bill’s Dog Chow, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 24 x 13 x 9 in. (A frontal view of Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the left. On the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo in a rhombus filled with a darker purple, outlined in white. The actual words are painted in white, outlined by a light green.)

Grant Levy-Lucero

Bill’s Dog Chow, 2019

Stoneware and glaze

24 × 13 × 9 in.

Grant Levy-Lucero Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 21 x 15 x 16 in. (A frontal view of Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, a short, wide vessel with two handles on either side of the stout neck. The "Taste of the Wild” logo is written around the neck of the vessel, superimposed on a depiction of a mountain that’s part of a larger scenic landscape. Below the logo are several dogs, either frolicking and catching fish in a river or resting on the grassy river banks.)

Grant Levy-Lucero

Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, 2019

Stoneware and glaze

21 × 15 × 16 in.

Press Release

White Columns is pleased to announce ‘Pedigree’ the Los Angeles-based artist Grant Levy-Lucero’s first solo exhibition in New York.

The exhibition comprises fifteen of Levy-Lucero’s signature ceramic ‘vessels’: self-consciously hand- built, oversized urn- or pitcher-like pots, each identified by the name of an immediately recognizable brand of dog food (e.g. ‘Pedigree’, ‘Gravy Train’, etc.) Each pot also features a portrait – or in some cases multiple portraits – of the rescue dogs that belong to Levy-Lucero’s extended circle of friends in Los Angeles (and beyond.) This idea of ‘community’, of friendships and relationships, and the complexity of the human-animal bond permeates throughout Levy-Lucero’s project. (A notion amplified in the exhibition by the presence of a portrait of Levy-Lucero and his dog Monkey by his friend, the Los Angeles-based artist, Henry Taylor.)

Displayed on a shelf and a stepped approximation of a winner’s podium – with its inevitable emphasis on the hierarchies of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place – Levy-Lucero’s pots might also be read as ‘trophies’ (of a kind). Employing humor aligned with vernacular aesthetics Levy-Lucero’s work is perhaps best characterized by its accessibility. Yet appearances can be deceptive. Indeed the exhibition as a whole, with its arch, even sardonic title ‘Pedigree’, and all that that stands for, might be understood as a gently subversive yet pointed critique of the competitive ‘dog eat dog’ nature of both the art world and the Westminster Dog Show: where the aspiration to become the “best in show” (sadly) still prevails.

As a part of the exhibition a percentage of proceeds from sales will be donated to the North Shore Animal League America, a leader in the ‘No Kill Movement’, who since 1944 have saved the lives of more than one million dogs and cats. Their mission is to: “Rescue. Nurture. Adopt. Educate.” To learn more about their vital work visit: www.animalleague.org

Grant Levy-Lucero (b.1981, Los Angeles) has had solo exhibitions at VNH, Paris (2018); Night Gallery, Los Angeles (2017); and at Henry Taylor’s, Los Angeles (2016.) He recently created a capsule clothing collection for the Stockholm-based Acne Studios. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
A work by Grant Levy-Lucero is also on view in ‘Niece Cousin Kin Look How Long It’s Been’, Henry Taylor’s concurrent exhibition at Blum & Poe New York. September 24 – November 2. www.blumandpoe.com

White Columns would like to thank everyone at Night Gallery, Los Angeles for their enthusiasm and support in bringing Grant’s work to New York.

For further information, contact: info@whitecolumns.org

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Three hand made ceramic vessels on a white shelf, from left to right: Brie’s Cesar, Olive’s Milk-Bone, and Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree. Brie’s Cesar is a stout blue vessel with one handle. The “Cesar” dog food logo appears written in white in a thick black band around the neck of the pitcher. Just below the logo is a floating plate of dog food and a small fluffy white dog leaning over a yellow “best in show” sign. In the middle is Olive’s Milk-Bone, a short red vessel with two small handles on either side. The “Milk-Bone” logo is written in black on top of a white bone. Beneath the logo is a portrait of brown dog. To the right is Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo is the word “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of twelve ceramic vessels installed on a long three-level pedestal that is reminiscent of a winners podium. There are four vessels on each step. The midsection of the pedestal is the tallest step, the left section is the next tallest, and the right section is the shortest. The vessels vary in size and have one or two handles each. They are colored brightly in red, greens, pink, purple, and blues, and each references a different brand of dog food and depicts a portrait of a dog.)
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Installation view of twelve ceramic vessels along the left wall on a three-level pedestal and a painting on the back right wall.) 
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand made and resemble tall pitchers with one or two handles. On the far left is Wild Dogs’ Prairie, a muted pink vessel with two handles with the “Wild Dog” logo wrapped around the neck. Below the logo is a crude depiction of two black dogs playing in a sand pit with sparse grass patches. To its right is Augies’s Alpo, a green vessel with a handle on the right side of the neck. Just below the neck is the red and white “Alpo” logo above the words “Prime Cuts.” Underneath the text is a depiction of a German Shepard’s head next to a field of brown dots. On its right is Monkey’s Kibbles ‘n Bits, a red vessel with small handles on either side of the neck. Between the handles is a depiction of a white dog with pointy ears holding a blue plate. Superimposed on the plate is the “Kibble ‘n Bits” logo. Around the base of the vessel is a pattern of small brown kibbles. The last work to the left is Science Diet Dogs’ Playing Poker, a navy blue vessel with two handles with the “Science Diet” logo appearing above a depiction of four dogs playing poker at a round table.)
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of Portrait of Grant Levy-Lucero and Monkey, a painting of the artist Grant Levy-Lucero and his dog Monkey sitting on his lap by painter Henry Taylor. He is wearing a light green shirt and the small white dog has a collar on.)
Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand built and resemble pitchers or urns with one or two handles. On the far left is Pnut’s Iams, a light green vessel with two handles that depicts a portrait of a brown dog superimposed on top of a dark green paw print. Below the portrait is “Iams” logo in white. To the right is Dachschunds’ Joy, a black vessel with one big handle on the left. Below the neck is the “Joy Dog Food” logo written in white and black on a red banner. Below the banner is a painting of three small dogs on a field. On its right is Colombo’s Pedigree, a bright pink vessel with two small handles. In the center of the vessel is a large yellow rectangle, in which the “Pedigree” logo appears on a red ribbon above a portrait of a black and brown dog. To the far right is Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the left. On the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo.)
Grant Levy-Lucero Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 29 x 13 x 13 in. (A frontal view of Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side of the narrower neck. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo are the words “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)
Grant Levy-Lucero Bill’s Dog Chow, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 24 x 13 x 9 in. (A frontal view of Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the left. On the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo in a rhombus filled with a darker purple, outlined in white. The actual words are painted in white, outlined by a light green.)
Grant Levy-Lucero Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 21 x 15 x 16 in. (A frontal view of Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, a short, wide vessel with two handles on either side of the stout neck. The "Taste of the Wild” logo is written around the neck of the vessel, superimposed on a depiction of a mountain that’s part of a larger scenic landscape. Below the logo are several dogs, either frolicking and catching fish in a river or resting on the grassy river banks.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Three hand made ceramic vessels on a white shelf, from left to right: Brie’s Cesar, Olive’s Milk-Bone, and Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree. Brie’s Cesar is a stout blue vessel with one handle. The “Cesar” dog food logo appears written in white in a thick black band around the neck of the pitcher. Just below the logo is a floating plate of dog food and a small fluffy white dog leaning over a yellow “best in show” sign. In the middle is Olive’s Milk-Bone, a short red vessel with two small handles on either side. The “Milk-Bone” logo is written in black on top of a white bone. Beneath the logo is a portrait of brown dog. To the right is Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo is the word “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of twelve ceramic vessels installed on a long three-level pedestal that is reminiscent of a winners podium. There are four vessels on each step. The midsection of the pedestal is the tallest step, the left section is the next tallest, and the right section is the shortest. The vessels vary in size and have one or two handles each. They are colored brightly in red, greens, pink, purple, and blues, and each references a different brand of dog food and depicts a portrait of a dog.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Installation view of twelve ceramic vessels along the left wall on a three-level pedestal and a painting on the back right wall.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand made and resemble tall pitchers with one or two handles. On the far left is Wild Dogs’ Prairie, a muted pink vessel with two handles with the “Wild Dog” logo wrapped around the neck. Below the logo is crude depiction of two black dogs playing in a sand pit with sparse grass patches. To its right is Augies’s Alpo, a green vessel with a handle on the right side of the neck. Just below the neck is the red and white “Alpo” logo above the words “Prime Cuts.” Underneath the text is a depiction of a German Shepard’s head next to a field of brown dots. On its right is Monkey’s Kibbles ‘n Bits, a red vessel with small handles on either side of the neck. Between the handles is a depiction of a white dog with pointy ears holding a blue plate. Superimposed on the plate is the “Kibble ‘n Bits” logo. Around the base of the vessel is a pattern of small brown kibblesThe last work to the left is Science Diet Dogs’ Playing Poker, a navy blue vessel with two handles with the “Science Diet” logo appearing above a depiction of four dogs playing poker at a round table.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (A frontal view of Portrait of Grant Levy-Lucero and Monkey, a painting of the artist Grant Levy-Lucero and his dog Monkey sitting on his lap by painter Henry Taylor. He is wearing a light green shirt and the small white dog has a collar on.)

Grant Levy-Lucero, installation view, 2019 (Frontal view of four ceramic vessels on a section of a pedestal. All of the vessels are hand built and resemble pitchers or urns with one or two handles. On the far left is Pnut’s Iams, a light green vessel with two handles that depicts a portrait of a brown dog superimposed on top of a dark green paw print. Below the portrait is “Iams” logo in white. To the right is Dachschunds’ Joy, a black vessel with one big handle on the left. Below the neck is the “Joy Dog Food” logo written in white and black on a red banner. Below the banner is a painting of three small dogs on a field. On its right is Colombo’s Pedigree, a bright pink vessel with two small handles. In the center of the vessel is a large yellow rectangle, in which the “Pedigree” logo appears on a red ribbon above a portrait of a black and brown dog. To the far right is Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the left. On the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo.)

Grant Levy-Lucero Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 29 × 13 × 13 in. (A frontal view of Vincent and Gala’s Pedigree, a tall yellow vessel with two handles on either side of the narrower neck. The “Pedigree” logo is depicted in white on top of a blue ribbon. Just below the logo are the words “bigdog” written in all caps on a red banner. To the right of the banner are two Huskies sitting on a small patch of grass next to a plate of raw meat and vegetables.)

Grant Levy-Lucero Bill’s Dog Chow, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 24 × 13 × 9 in. (A frontal view of Bill’s Dog Chow, a purple vessel with a large handle on the leftOn the vessel is a painting of a black dog laying in a green field before green hills and a blue sky. Beneath the dog is the “Dog Chow” logo in a rhombus filled with a darker purple, outlined in white. The actual words are painted in white, outlined by a light green.)

Grant Levy-Lucero Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, 2019 Stoneware and glaze 21 × 15 × 16 in. (A frontal view of Taste of the Wild Dogs’ River, a short, wide vessel with two handles on either side of the stout neck. The Taste of the Wild” logo is written around the neck of the vessel, superimposed on a depiction of a mountain that’s part of a larger scenic landscape. Below the logo are several dogs, either frolicking and catching fish in a river or resting on the grassy river banks.)