Category Archives: Fine Art

Sean Freeman at Apple store Montreal, Canada

For our friendly neighbors of the north, artist Sean Freeman will be appearing at the Apple Store in Montreal on October 17th.

A love for words and beautiful images led Sean to explore a harmony of both.  After graduating with a First Class Honors in Graphic Design and Advertising, Sean started working as a designer in a few agencies in London while pursuing his own work in the evenings, weekends, holidays and tea breaks.  After receiving his first commission ( a tiny headline in a major magazine) one commission quickly turned into several more, until the balance tipped, enabling him to set up his own studio: There Is.

Sean lives in East London under the watchful eye of his 13 year old (slightly fat) French Canadian cat.  He creates award-winning typographic treatments and illustrations for a varied range of clients globally.

Monday October 17th, 2011

7:30 – 8:30 PM

Apple Store Sainte-Catherine, Montreal

You can see more work by Sean Freeman on the Levine/Leavitt site.

 

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Le Pomme Shop by Pomme Chan

Le Pomme Shop is now open!  Artist Pomme Chan has just launched her new online shop Le Pomme Shop, where her unique prints, silk scarves, totes and more are for sale.  Enjoy!

You can see more work from Pomme Chan on the Levine/Leavitt site.

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Peter Funch’s Babel Tales Redux

Please join us on Tuesday Sept. 6th to celebrate the opening of Peter Funch‘s Babel Tales Redux.

From the press release:

Babel Tales Redux marks an end and a beginning. Peter Funch’s 5 year long exploration of the streets of New York has reached its conclusion and the exhibition unveils the result: 40 monumental panoramic works. This is the first time the complete Babel Tales series will be shown in the city, in which the series is rooted.

We invite you to view this remarkable series with us at V1 gallery hosted by KWPF Space at 558 West 21st St, New York.  The show opens on Tuesday, September 6th.

You can see more work by Peter Funch on the Levine/Leavitt site.

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If Nothing Goes Right, Turn Left by Pomme Chan and Sabina

Pomme Chan collaborated with her dear friend Sabina to create ‘If Nothing Goes Right, Turn Left’, a somewhat dark, somewhat quirky, but altogether gorgeous little story book filled with Pomme’s illustrations.

Within one month, Pomme created around 25 drawings and developed the story with Sabina.   At the moment, there are only 200 copies, making this little book a precious collectable.  Stay tuned for the launch date and official release soon!

You can see more work by Pomme Chan on the Levine/Leavitt site.

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Pomme Chan at Siamese Connection 2011: Rediscover

Pomme Chan is featured as a Special Guest Artist at the Thai Artists Alliance second annual Siamese Connection 2011: Rediscover.

The show opens July 28th at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, NY.

You can see more work by Pomme Chan on the the Levine/Leavitt site.

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Mogollon joins Levine/Leavitt

We are very proud to announce that Brooklyn based duo Francisco Lopez and Monica Brand known as Mogollon have joined Levine/Leavitt.  Welcome to la familia!

Mogollon is a word that in Spanish means fertility or abundance (typically used to mean ”very‘, such as ”I like you mogollon”).

For the first time their work was in a solo show last month at Diesel Art Gallery in Shibuya, Japan.  The interview below is taken from Diesel Art Gallery site, and is a wonderful introduction to Mogollon and the work they do.

–How did you become interested in graphic design?
When we started we didn’t know we were going to do graphic design. The main idea of creating a studio was all about film, art direction and set design for film and performance. At the same time, we have always loved the concept of the poster and the music packaging so it was a matter of trying, doing it and falling in love with it instantly. Then we became obsessed with typography, and the idea of creating a studio that plays between both art and design became a reality.

— How did you set up “Mogollon”?
It was all very organic. I was commissioned to create a video for the PS1 MOMA Young Architects Program and I asked Monica for help. At the end it all looked great and we were very happy with the results so we decided to join forces to create an art studio that will do a lot of different things. It was really an experiment.

–Please tell us your main roles (responsibilities).
Monica and I have the same roles in the studio, we’re both the creative directors and designers of our projects.

–You’ve done a lot of identities for bands, labels and set design, film works and companies. Is there any difference in your approach when you work on that sort of all-around design and when you handle just the visual aspect?
To be completely honest, it’s always very different. Sometimes taking care only of the visual aspect can be very fun or stressful. It all depends on the client, how they react and if they know what they want.

–You collaborated with big name artists, such as Fischerspooner, Kelis, Madonna. How was the collaborative production with them?
With most of the big artist, there’s only little collaborative production, because you have to deal with the label directly. Most of the time, we have a meeting or conference with the label and the artist together where they share their ideas and concepts. After that there is a lot of back and forth until we have a final strong artwork.

–Who chooses the stylists and photographers?
For the big artists, the photographers are chosen by the label or by themselves. For “Something is about to happen” which is our own project, we chose the whole team.

–How does collaboration with other creators affects your own creations?
It doesn’t affect our own creations, it’s just a different process but always very interesting and with great results. We love to collaborate with other artists.

–What is your favorite of your own works up till now?
“Something is about to Happen” video, wallpaper and mirrors on the show.

–Where do you get your inspiration? What inspires you?
We get inspiration from books, travels and movies. Right now, for example, our biggest inspiration is Ancient Egypt and Japanese Art. Cinema is a big inspiration for us too, like the movies of Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Pier Paolo Pasolini and Fellini, for example

— What is appealing about typography for Mogollon?
It’s such an old and respected art form and still there are infinite amount of ways that it can be explored. The options are infinite and that’s what makes it really fun.

–What is your work process when creating original fonts?
It all depends, sometimes we like to draw the letters, sometimes we want to create types from basic geometrical shapes, sometimes we transform other types by adding new elements, and sometimes we synthesize other shapes until they become characters. It’s really like a game for us.

— What font do you favorite use most often besides your original fonts?
It’s always changing. We don’t have a formula.

–How do you feel about NY and graphic design culture at the moment?
New York has people from all over the world. It’s very difficult for us to define a specific NY design culture other than the street urban culture that it’s always very interesting and present everywhere, like posters and graffiti art.

–Do you have any favorite artists or illustrators ?
Eiko Ishioka, Jean Paul Goude, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Lucrecia Martell, Banks Violette, Serge Lutens, Neo Rauch, Keichi Tanami, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Louis Malle, Francois Truffaut, Henry Georges Clouzot, Guy Bourdin, Caravaggio, Gustaf Klimt, Gary Hume, etc.

–Through the exhibition “Something is about to happen”, is there anything you’ve newly discovered?
Yes, Japan. And we love it!

–Did you have any difficulty during the creative production about new artworks for “something is about to happen”?
It was great to show for the first time the new mirror pieces. They’re big and very expensive to make but it’s totally worth it. We’re thinking to have a show only with our reflective work, a show about light and reflection.

–Being in Japan for the first time, what was your first impression of the country? Were there any places here you were particularly interested in?
We felt in love with Japan long time ago, since we were teenagers, through the anime, movies and art. Being in Japan completely exceeded our expectations. We loved every aspect of this country and we feel a strong visual connection with it from the most traditional ancient paintings through the super modern imagery. But our best impression of Japan was definitely the people. We felt kindness like in no other place.

–Any new projects for the future?
We’re working on creating more tridimensional pieces, like the mirrors, but also experimenting with furniture. We’ve also been working on a movie script for over 2 years, so that’s something on our future for sure.

You can see more work by Mogollon on the Levine/Leavitt site.

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Alex Trochut: More is More

Just 30 years old, Alex Trochut is one of the most internationally renowned Spanish designers. Typographer and illustrator, Trochut shows us in this book his most intimate, most personal and, at the same time, professional side. Trochut talks about his professional influences such as Dalí and Miró and of course about his work, but also about his creative processes. In this book we find an entire series of sketches and the transformations his ideas undergo from the moment they are conceived until they reach the paper.

Alex Trochut’s illustrations, designs and typography take the modern notion of minimalism and flip it on its side. Trochut’s work philosophy is “More is more”. It is rich with elegant, brilliantly detailed executions that simultaneously convey indulgence and careful, restrained control. Trochut is driven by a desire to constantly evolve, which can be seen in his eidetic body of work. The Alex Trochut’s monogram is printed on the cover with phosphorescent ink. Published by Index Books and available for sale on their site.

You can see more work by Alex Trochut on the Levine/Leavitt site.

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