Flavia Reif

Oil on linen
A3 format (297 x 420 mm, 11.75” x 16.5”)
2015

Imelda Stehli

Oil on linen
A3 format (297 x 420 mm, 11.75” x 16.5”)
2016

Donata Kläusli

Oil on linen
A3 format (297 x 420 mm, 11.75” x 16.5”)
2015

Fabia Kofel

Oil on linen
A3 format (297 x 420 mm, 11.75” x 16.5”)
2016

SKZ Student Work Table Number 219 with Four Chairs

 

Plywood, paint
33 1/8″W x 66 1/4″L x 29″H
2016

A3 Painting Storage Cabinets

 

Plywood, paint, hardware
18.5”h x 9.25”w x 10”d each
2014

Clement Monhart

 

Oil on blotter paper
A1 format (594 x 841 mm, 23.5″ x 33.1″)
2016

Corinne Heitz

Oil on blotter paper
A1 size (841 x 594mm, 33.1” x 23.4”)
2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dan Levenson is a Los-Angeles based visual artist working in installation, performance, video, painting, and sculpture. His work addresses issues of subjectivity, education, creativity and freedom, and takes the form of artifacts rescued from the ruins of an imaginary art school: the State Art Academy, Zürich (its initials in Swiss-German are SKZ). As a painter, he follows the strict formalist pedagogy of his imaginary school: geometrically dividing metrically sized canvases to create abstract compositions. He expands on the story through performance, installation, and video. Levenson has taught performative drawing lessons taken from the school’s curriculum at the Hammer Museum, American Jewish University, USC’s Roski School of Art, and the Saas-Fee Summer Institute in Berlin, Germany. 

His recent work concerns the Kindergarten attached to the imaginary art school. “SKZ Children’s Painting Workshop” is an experiment in collaboration with children, presented as installations and performances. The workshop draws inspiration from Friedrich Fröbel’s original 1837 concept of the Kindergarten: a garden that promotes natural learning and creative growth. Children are invited into an installation environment with sculptural painting easels, hand-painted painting smocks, and brightly colored banners. Children paint on large abstract silkscreened coloring-book pages. Their interactions with the printed composition invite reflection on creativity and freedom. 

Dan Levenson has exhibited at The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Vielmetter Los Angeles; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; Praz-Delavallade, Paris and Los Angeles; de boer Gallery, Los Angeles; PARTICIPANT INC, NYC; LAXART, Los Angeles; White Columns, NYC; and Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA. He is the recipient of a Pollock/Krasner grant and Yaddo and MacDowell Fellowships, among other awards.

danlevenson.com

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