Michael LeVell

June 29, 2018–September 15, 2018 West Gallery
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of twelve paintings and three sculptures. Eleven paintings of similar sizes are installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the left wall and a single painting is installed in the back wall. In the foreground of the image in the lower left corner is a white pedestal where five ceramic sculptures are installed.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture including two armchairs with ottomans, a sideboard, a mid-century sofa, and an entertainment console installed on a white pedestal. All works are hand built.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of two of the five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture. On the left is an end table with three decorative sculptures on top, a small radio, bowl, and a cup with writing utensils on the middle shelf, and a framed picture and a stack of books on the bottom shelf. On the right is a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa. Both works are hand-built.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (View of four untitled ceramic sculptures installed on a pedestal in the foreground and an untitled painting installed on the wall in the background. From left to right, the sculptures represent: a sideboard, a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa, and two contemporary armchairs and ottomans facing each other. The painting in the background depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that's cropped on the top right corner.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of a gallery with floor to ceiling shaded windows along the back wall. There is one painting installed on the left wall and seven paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the right wall. In the middle of the two walls in the back of the room is a white pedestal with five ceramic sculptures installed on it.) 

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of three untitled paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges. The work on the left depicts a section of a room with a wall in the background, a mat on the floor in the foreground, and a part of a dining table with two large rocks on it in between. The table has a dark green top and light brown legs, the floor is colored yellow, and the mat has a gridded pattern with circles in each grid. The work in the middle depicts a section of a bedroom where the bed and the side table are cropped at the bottom. Two windows and curtain rods are depicted above the bed, with the right window cropped. The work on the right depicts an armchair and ottoman in a living room with a fireplace in the background. All the objects in the works are rendered precisely in a loose manner and share similar tones and colors including yellows, light browns, and shades of cream.) 

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of an untitled painting that depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that's cropped on the top right corner.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018

Michael LeVell Untitled, 2010 Acrylic and ink on paper 15 x 21 inches (A frontal view of Untitled, a painting depicting an interior of a room with two brown chairs in the foreground, and a white table in between. There is a counter above the table attached to a dark green wall. The floors are also light green.) 

Michael LeVell

Untitled, 2010

Acrylic and ink on paper

15 × 21 inches

Michael LeVell Untitled, 2015 Ceramic 2 x 6 x 3 inches (A small, hand built ceramic sculpture representing a contemporary armchair and ottoman. The glaze of the ceramic gives the sculpture a rusted or oxidized look.)

Michael LeVell

Untitled, 2015

Ceramic

2 × 6 × 3 inches

Press Release

Presented in association with First Street Gallery, Claremont, CA and CONDO New York

White Columns is pleased to announce the New York debut of the Claremont, CA-based artist Michael LeVell (b. 1964.) The exhibition is presented as a part of the 2018 CONDO New York project.

LeVell, who has been diagnosed with autism, is both deaf and legally blind. LeVell is one of the eight original artists who, in 1989, helped to found the non-profit First Street Gallery Art Center in Claremont, CA. First Street Gallery supports an extraordinary community of artists living and working with mental, developmental and physical disabilities. This is White Columns’ second collaboration with First Street, following Helen Rae’s widely celebrated solo exhibition in 2017.

LeVell’s exhibition at White Columns will take the form of an intimate survey of his work produced over the past decade, and will include a group of acrylic paintings on paper and a number of hand-built ceramic sculptures. LeVell’s work draws inspiration from the mid-century architecture and contemporary domestic spaces as depicted in the pages of Architectural Digest. (LeVelll has an extensive and treasured collection of the magazine.) In his translation and editing of these photographic sources, LeVell introduces new color schemes, and his unique, reductive drawing process to create perfectly balanced, schematic images that align an extraordinary visual clarity with both formal and chromatic complexity. LeVell’s paintings are not illustrations or mimetic of his sources, rather they operate as ‘amplifications’ of both the original images and the cultures – social and aesthetic – that they represent. (LeVell is especially drawn to interiors where modern and contemporary artworks – paintings and sculptures – are on display, seamlessly incorporated within a domestic tableau.) LeVell’s ceramic sculptures of furniture – e.g. a side board, a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa, a contemporary armchair with ottoman etc. – are modest in scale and hand-built in clay, and further explore his preoccupying and ongoing interest in the relationships between design, modernity, taste, and domesticity.

White Columns would like to thank everyone at First Street Gallery and at Tierra Del Sol for their enthusiasm and collaboration with bringing Michael LeVell’s work to New York.

Michael LeVell’s work was the subject of a retrospective in 2014 at First Street Gallery, Claremont, CA on the occasion of the organization’s 25th Anniversary.

To learn more about First Street Gallery and their artists visit: https://www.tierradelsol.org/tierra-gallery

To learn more about CONDO visit: http://www.condocomplex.org

For information or images contact: info@whitecolumns.org

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of twelve paintings and three sculptures. Eleven paintings of similar sizes are installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the left wall and a single painting is installed in the back wall. In the foreground of the image in the lower left corner is a white pedestal where five ceramic sculptures are installed.)
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture including two armchairs with ottomans, a sideboard, a mid-century sofa, and an entertainment console installed on a white pedestal. All works are hand built.)
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of two of the five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture. On the left is an end table with three decorative sculptures on top, a small radio, bowl, and a cup with writing utensils on the middle shelf, and a framed picture and a stack of books on the bottom shelf. On the right is a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa. Both works are hand-built.)
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (View of four untitled ceramic sculptures installed on a pedestal in the foreground and an untitled painting installed on the wall in the background. From left to right, the sculptures represent: a sideboard, a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa, and two contemporary armchairs and ottomans facing each other. The painting in the background depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that's cropped on the top right corner.)
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of a gallery with floor to ceiling shaded windows along the back wall. There is one painting installed on the left wall and seven paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the right wall. In the middle of the two walls in the back of the room is a white pedestal with five ceramic sculptures installed on it.) 
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of three untitled paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges. The work on the left depicts a section of a room with a wall in the background, a mat on the floor in the foreground, and a part of a dining table with two large rocks on it in between. The table has a dark green top and light brown legs, the floor is colored yellow, and the mat has a gridded pattern with circles in each grid. The work in the middle depicts a section of a bedroom where the bed and the side table are cropped at the bottom. Two windows and curtain rods are depicted above the bed, with the right window cropped. The work on the right depicts an armchair and ottoman in a living room with a fireplace in the background. All the objects in the works are rendered precisely in a loose manner and share similar tones and colors including yellows, light browns, and shades of cream.) 
Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of an untitled painting that depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that's cropped on the top right corner.)
Michael LeVell Untitled, 2010 Acrylic and ink on paper 15 x 21 inches (A frontal view of Untitled, a painting depicting an interior of a room with two brown chairs in the foreground, and a white table in between. There is a counter above the table attached to a dark green wall. The floors are also light green.) 
Michael LeVell Untitled, 2015 Ceramic 2 x 6 x 3 inches (A small, hand built ceramic sculpture representing a contemporary armchair and ottoman. The glaze of the ceramic gives the sculpture a rusted or oxidized look.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of twelve paintings and three sculptures. Eleven paintings of similar sizes are installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the left wall and a single painting is installed in the back wall. In the foreground of the image in the lower left corner is a white pedestal where five ceramic sculptures are installed.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture including two armchairs with ottomans, a sideboard, a mid-century sofa, and an entertainment console installed on a white pedestal. All works are hand built.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of two of the five untitled, miniature ceramic sculptures of furniture. On the left is an end table with three decorative sculptures on top, a small radio, bowl, and a cup with writing utensils on the middle shelf, and a framed picture and a stack of books on the bottom shelf. On the right is a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa. Both works are hand-built.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (View of four untitled ceramic sculptures installed on a pedestal in the foreground and an untitled painting installed on the wall in the background. From left to right, the sculptures represent: a sideboard, a mid-Century George Nelson-style sofa, and two contemporary armchairs and ottomans facing each other. The painting in the background depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that’s cropped on the top right corner.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A view of a gallery with floor to ceiling shaded windows along the back wall. There is one painting installed on the left wall and seven paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges on the right wall. In the middle of the two walls in the back of the room is a white pedestal with five ceramic sculptures installed on it.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of three untitled paintings installed in a row aligned to their bottom edges. The work on the left depicts a section of a room with a wall in the background, a mat on the floor in the foreground, and a part of a dining table with two large rocks on it in between. The table has a dark green top and light brown legs, the floor is colored yellow, and the mat has a gridded pattern with circles in each grid. The work in the middle depicts a section of a bedroom where the bed and the side table are cropped at the bottom. Two windows and curtain rods are depicted above the bed, with the right window cropped. The work on the right depicts an armchair and ottoman in a living room with a fireplace in the background. All the objects in the works are rendered precisely in a loose manner and share similar tones and colors including yellows, light browns, and shades of cream.)

Michael Levell, installation view, 2018 (A close up view of an untitled painting that depicts a bed with checkered bedding that takes up most of the composition, a piece of brown furniture in the lower right corner, a side table that has a vase full of flowers, and an armchair that’s cropped on the top right corner.)

Michael LeVell

Untitled, 2010

Acrylic and ink on paper

15 × 21 inches (A frontal view of Untitled, a painting depicting an interior of a room with two brown chairs in the foreground, and a white table in between. There is a counter above the table attached to a dark green wall. The floors are also light green.)

Michael LeVell Untitled, 2015 Ceramic 2 × 6 × 3 inches (A small, hand built ceramic sculpture representing a contemporary armchair and ottoman. The glaze of the ceramic gives the sculpture a rusted or oxidized look.)