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2:45 pm - Mon, Jul 21, 2014
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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:

→ Artist of the Week: Aso Mohammadi
→ Spotlight: Ania Jaworska 
→ Looks: Vagabond 
→ Tunes: Chandeliers 

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9:22 am - Tue, Jul 15, 2014
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LVL3 interviews this week featuring:

→ Artist of the Week: Cole Pierce 
→ Looks: Slow and Steady Wins the Race
→ Tunes: Kisses

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5:00 pm - Fri, Jul 11, 2014
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7.12.2014 – 8.17.2014
Milano Chow – Sofia Leiby –Malin Gabriella Nordin
LVL3 is excited to present Two rocks do not make a duck: a group show bringing together Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby, and Malin Gabriella Nordin. Chow’s fine detail in her illustrations reflect a decorative sense within her window-like compositions that lean towards domesticity. Leiby uses painting as a self-generative process, pushing memory aside using screen printing and layered mark-making. Nordin assembles forms with a unique undertone of emotion resting within its shadows.“Two rocks do not make a duck” is a hikers saying to remind oneself that one rock resting upon another does not alway signify an intentional cairn marking. The stacking of stones may not alway represent a direction, and a viewer must pay close attention in order to avoid being misled. These three artists address the viewer’s perspective of surface and how layering brings forward additional feelings from within the work.
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm

7.12.2014 – 8.17.2014

Milano ChowSofia Leiby –Malin Gabriella Nordin

LVL3 is excited to present Two rocks do not make a duck: a group show bringing together Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby, and Malin Gabriella Nordin. Chow’s fine detail in her illustrations reflect a decorative sense within her window-like compositions that lean towards domesticity. Leiby uses painting as a self-generative process, pushing memory aside using screen printing and layered mark-making. Nordin assembles forms with a unique undertone of emotion resting within its shadows.“Two rocks do not make a duck” is a hikers saying to remind oneself that one rock resting upon another does not alway signify an intentional cairn marking. The stacking of stones may not alway represent a direction, and a viewer must pay close attention in order to avoid being misled. These three artists address the viewer’s perspective of surface and how layering brings forward additional feelings from within the work.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 12, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

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9:05 am - Thu, Jul 10, 2014
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Artist of the Week: Clare Grill

Spotlight: Jason Harvey

Tunes: Massacooramaan

Looks: Wackerhaus

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11:45 pm - Mon, Jun 23, 2014
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New LVL3 Media interviews this week featuring:

Ole Martin Lund Bo
Linked by Air
Work Drugs

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5:32 pm - Sat, Jun 7, 2014
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STARWALKER at MANA CONTEMPORARY

Join us tonight from 9pm – 1am at Mana Contemporary for Threewall’s benefit auction and gala.

Tickets available at http://starwalkergala.org/

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8:17 pm - Thu, Jun 5, 2014
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New LVL3 Media interviews this week featuring:

→ Artist of the Week: Jordan Tate
→ Spotlight: NSEW
→ Looks: apliiq

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6:57 am - Wed, May 28, 2014
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Check out our the new interviews we have posted this week on LVL3 Media!

→ Artist of the Week: Chris Wiley
→ Spotlight: The Arts of Life
→ Tunes: The Lemons
→ Looks: ffiXXed

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6:10 pm - Fri, May 9, 2014
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There is a Screen | 5/10/14 - 6/15/14
Daniel Baird – Ryan Lauderdale
There is a Screen is a two-person exhibition uniting Chicago-based Daniel Baird and Brooklyn-based Ryan Lauderdale. Baird delves into historical elements and experiences, confronting hierarchies that are no longer organically attainable. Lauderdale explores a digital realm as a tool to dig up a past that is lost. Uncovering the sublime of the virtual world in relationship to the physical, both artists bring to attention the creation of artifacts.

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10, 2014 6:00pm – 10:00pm

There is a Screen | 5/10/14 - 6/15/14

Daniel BairdRyan Lauderdale

There is a Screen is a two-person exhibition uniting Chicago-based Daniel Baird and Brooklyn-based Ryan Lauderdale. Baird delves into historical elements and experiences, confronting hierarchies that are no longer organically attainable. Lauderdale explores a digital realm as a tool to dig up a past that is lost. Uncovering the sublime of the virtual world in relationship to the physical, both artists bring to attention the creation of artifacts.

Opening Reception:
Saturday, May 10, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

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12:15 am - Thu, May 8, 2014
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Check out our the new interviews we have posted this week on LVL3 Media!

Artist of the Week: Jessica Hans
Spotlight: Sean Woolsey
Tunes: Jerry Paper 

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8:46 am - Wed, Mar 26, 2014
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The silent auction has begun! 
hArts for Arts 5 ONLINE ADVANCE BIDDING ends Saturday March 29th @4:00pm Silent auction continues live until 9:30pm → All artwork starts at $30 → Bids can be made in $10 increments → Cash, credit and check accepted
All bids must be made in $10 increments and should at least $10 more then the current price or BUY IT NOW for the listed retail price. (BUY IT NOW winners receive free shipping throughout the United States!) Shown above: “Monument Face” by Brion Nuda Rosch
Portion of proceeds benefitting local not-for-profit The Arts of Life

The silent auction has begun! 

hArts for Arts 5
ONLINE ADVANCE BIDDING ends
Saturday March 29th @4:00pm

Silent auction continues live until 9:30pm
→ All artwork starts at $30
→ Bids can be made in $10 increments
→ Cash, credit and check accepted

All bids must be made in $10 increments and should at least $10 more then the current price or BUY IT NOW for the listed retail price. (BUY IT NOW winners receive free shipping throughout the United States!)

Shown above: “Monument Face” by Brion Nuda Rosch

Portion of proceeds benefitting local not-for-profit The Arts of Life

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8:00 am - Wed, Mar 19, 2014
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LVL3 presents our 5th annual silent art auction and benefit raffle:Saturday, March 29th 20146:00pm - 10:00pm
Online advanced bids begin Friday, March 21st.
This year’s benefit raffle is going to help raise money for the The Arts of Life, a local not-for-profit art center that provides studio space and support for adults with developmental disabilities. 
All bidding ends at 9:30pm 3/29/14.
Raffle immediately following auction.
→ All artwork starts at $30→ Bids can be made in $10 increments→ Cash, credit and check accepted→ Raffle tickets: 1 for $3 or 2 for $5

LVL3 presents our 5th annual silent art auction and benefit raffle:
Saturday, March 29th 2014
6:00pm - 10:00pm

Online advanced bids begin Friday, March 21st.

This year’s benefit raffle is going to help raise money for the The Arts of Life, a local not-for-profit art center that provides studio space and support for adults with developmental disabilities. 

All bidding ends at 9:30pm 3/29/14.

Raffle immediately following auction.

 All artwork starts at $30
 Bids can be made in $10 increments
 Cash, credit and check accepted
 Raffle tickets: 1 for $3 or 2 for $5

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11:59 am - Sat, Feb 15, 2014
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CELEBRATING 4 YEARS!
Conor BackmanAndrew HolmquistBrian KokoskaBen MedanskyLetha Wilson
LVL3 is thrilled to celebrate Fruit/Flowers/Appliances: a group show marking LVL3’s four-year anniversary. For this exhibition, LVL3 welcomes back Conor Backman, Andrew Holmquist, Brian Kokoska, Ben Medansky, and Letha Wilson: five past artists who have left a significant impact on the gallery’s programming. As the gallery continues to grow and evolve, these artists have also made strides in the ways their work has expanded since we last exhibited them. Combining the traditional four-year anniversary gifts (fruit/flowers) with the modern (appliances), this show brings to light the celebratory theme that marks this memorable exhibition. In addition to the exhibition, LVL3 is proud to be launching a brand new website dedicated to the promotion of creative individuals. New limited edition tote bags designed by Clay Hickson will also be available for purchase. http://lvl3media.com/gallery/Opening Reception:Saturday, February 15, 20146:00pm – 10:00pm

CELEBRATING 4 YEARS!

Conor Backman
Andrew Holmquist
Brian Kokoska
Ben Medansky
Letha Wilson


LVL3 is thrilled to celebrate Fruit/Flowers/Appliances: a group show marking LVL3’s four-year anniversary. For this exhibition, LVL3 welcomes back Conor Backman, Andrew Holmquist, Brian Kokoska, Ben Medansky, and Letha Wilson: five past artists who have left a significant impact on the gallery’s programming. As the gallery continues to grow and evolve, these artists have also made strides in the ways their work has expanded since we last exhibited them. Combining the traditional four-year anniversary gifts (fruit/flowers) with the modern (appliances), this show brings to light the celebratory theme that marks this memorable exhibition. In addition to the exhibition, LVL3 is proud to be launching a brand new website dedicated to the promotion of creative individuals. New limited edition tote bags designed by Clay Hickson will also be available for purchase. http://lvl3media.com/gallery/

Opening Reception:
Saturday, February 15, 2014
6:00pm – 10:00pm

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9:10 am - Fri, Feb 14, 2014
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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new site, LVL3media.com! LVL3 Media is an online platform of uniquely curated content that promotes contemporary artists, designers, writers, performers, and creative entrepreneurs. Conceived as a result of the success of LVL3 Artist of the Week, LVL3 Media seeks to share the creative work of others from around the world through writing, informal interviews, and artistic imagery. LVL3 encourages the sharing of its content in order to help promote the work of its subjects and individuals.
Special thanks to Quinn Keaveney for designing and developing the site!

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new site, LVL3media.comLVL3 Media is an online platform of uniquely curated content that promotes contemporary artists, designers, writers, performers, and creative entrepreneurs. Conceived as a result of the success of LVL3 Artist of the Week, LVL3 Media seeks to share the creative work of others from around the world through writing, informal interviews, and artistic imagery. LVL3 encourages the sharing of its content in order to help promote the work of its subjects and individuals.

Special thanks to Quinn Keaveney for designing and developing the site!

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8:00 am - Mon, Feb 3, 2014
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Artist of the Week: Christian Dietkus

Christian Dietkus was born in Oakland, California and received his BFA from the Cooper Union in 2005 and his MFA from Columbia University in 2013. Working in painting and sculpture his work explores the intersection of personal subjectivity, consumer culture and sexuality. He has exhibited nationally including Deitch Projects, Family Business, Salon 94 and Louis B. James in New York. He is also the recipient of the Michael S. Vivo Memorial Prize and the Fred A. Lane Prize for excellence in painting.

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Photo by Chad Davis Creative

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do. I was born and raised in the Bay Area in California where I was involved in youth activism before I was seriously interested in art. I moved to New York City to attend the Cooper Union where I studied painting and photography and have stayed ever since. My work is primarily a painting and sculpture practice that explores the intersection of personal subjectivity, consumer culture, and sexuality.

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Christian Dietkus, Northern Shell 119, 2011 acrylic on Epson print on board, shelf 8.5 x 11 inches

What kinds of things are influencing your work right now? Right now I am interested in pressure as an organizing principle. More specifically I have been making sculptures, which use only confluent pressure as a means of cohesion. Whenever I see a sculpture, a piece of furniture, a building or even a body, my mind immediately tries to visualize how the thing is held together, why it doesn’t just fall apart, and what tools were needed to make it. This led me to the idea of pressure both literally and as a metaphor. In the sculptures, this is expressed by including the tools used in the making of the sculpture with the sculpture––thus creating a contiguous chain of making. The result is hopefully an autonomous object free of said preoccupation.

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Christian Dietkus, Untitled (confluence series I ) 2013 Oak, paint, digital print, brick Dimensions variable

What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on? A few things actually. The first is a wonderful project happening in early February which is a sort of conceptual fashion show of artist designed track suits made as a gesture of protest to the Russian governments treatment of LGBT peoples. I am thrilled to be included in such an illustrious roster of artists. The event which is called “Purple and Gold” is going to be in NYC opening at Louis B. James Gallery on February 7th. Additionally I am really excited to be working on a publication of writings by painters, which should be coming out in 2014. The project is being spearheaded by artist Dana Schutz and will comprise contributions from about twenty artists writing on a wide variety of topics. I am writing about the concept of “emergent adulthood” and provisionality in painting. The last thing is my first solo show in Brussels which will be opening in the fall at Ricou Gallery.

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Christian Dietkus, Untitled (confluence series I ) 2013 Oak, paint, digital print, brick Dimensions variable

How did your interest in art begin? The earliest memory I have of what could be called art was a cataloging project of sorts where I drew and named all of my stuffed animals of which there were hundreds as well as other objects and personal effects in my room. I spent hours and hours trying to make exacting drawings which were labeled and given tittles. The endeavor was somewhere between a taxonomy and a character study, a line I still strive for.

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Christian Dietkus, Mesh I, 2012 Epson print and aluminum dimensions variable

What artists are you interested in right now? This is an ever changing list but I would say right now I have been thinking about Bracha Ettinger, Rebecca Horn, Mark Manders and Bernard Frize to name a few.

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Christian Dietkus, Flow I , 2013 acrylic on tabloid on canvas panel 28 x 23 inches

What past trends in art do you think should never come back? Anything that is referred to as “Classic”, I cringe every time I hear that word. One only needs to read Robert Rosenblum’s “Transformations in Late Eighteenth Century Art” to realize how illusory and conditioned the word “classic” is in reference to art or anything for that matter. It seems to suggest an artwork that can transcend the values and anxieties of its own time which of course is impossible.

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Christian Dietkus, Mouthpiece (side view detail ), 2012 Aluminum, speaker, sound recording, amplifier, wood

Who would you ideally like to collaborate with? I would really like to collaborate with a motion capture scientist. I have some ideas about making a compressed topographic surface from the data collected from motion capture, almost like a digitally derived bas-relief.

Tell us about your work process and how it develops? My working process is quite similar to the logic of a fetish object. It usually begins with an irrational attraction to a readymade image or commodity object, which then sits in the studio while it collects attachments, associations, thoughts and observations. This process can take a weeks, months or even years at which point I make an artwork about the thing.

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Christian Dietkus, Roll I ( In Touch for Moshé ), 2013 acrylic on tabloid on canvas panel 72 x 84 inches

What’s your absolute favorite place in the city/the world to be? This is a tough one but I would have to say “Hierve el Agua” which is a petrified waterfall and natural mineral spring to the east of Oaxaca in southern Mexico. It’s basically looks like nature made an infinity pool in the middle of a deserted canyon. If you go in the off season you might be lucky enough to not see a single person all day. It’s just you and the sound of this dripping water which you know has been going on for millennia.

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Christian Dietkus, Mime (Green), 2013 acrylic and collage on canvas 11 x 8.5 inches

What are you reading right now? Right now I am reading a book called “The Conquest of Cool” which is a historical analysis of advertising and its relationship to counterculture. The book maps the dramatic shifts in corporate culture and advertising which happened between the 1950’s and the 1960’s. For me the most striking part about the book is how the shifts that happened within that decade create a sort of social contrapposto to the changes that occurred in fine art.

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