MICHAEL
GAC
LEVIN




















mikelev@gmail.com


My work explores questions of representation, iconography, and the socializing role of art. I typically begin pieces by making meticulous drawings of popular imagery from American movies, games, and newsmedia. Then, using painting and collage, I build out from them, ultimately situating them in autobiographical, cartoon-like compositions. Each of these pieces look to the way popular media shapes expectations about the self, the other, and the proper place of each. In my view, drawing frees us to try on such expectations in the spirit of play. But the activity can exert a powerful normalizing pressure as well, which we can feel whenever a viewer calls us to account for our creations. This push-and-pull characterizes my approach to artmaking. In my work, themes of freedom and control are often too close to distinguish, a condition of my working method as much as the American iconography I draw from.



CV

Education

2015 MFA in Printmaking, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 BA in Classics, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions

2016 Michael Gac Levin and Kyle Jablonski: "Jabroni, Jabroni, Jabroni" at Torrance Shipman, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 Michael Levin: “Potential Retrospective” at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 Michael Levin and Boris Rasin: “Hearsay Heresy” at This Red Door/Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 Michael Levin: “Jews of Today” at 109 Gallery/7 Dunham Place, Brooklyn, NY.
2012 Michael Levin: “Refrigcurator #4” at B&AB Project Space, Brooklyn, NY.

Group Exhibitions

2017 "LABA: Live" at the 14th St. Y, New York, NY.
2017 "LABA: Drunk" at the 14th St. Y, New York, NY.
2016 "Bindle 2" curated by Sorry Archive, at Orgy Park, Brooklyn, NY.
2016 "Remainder of 1" curated by Susan Luss and Dakota Sika, at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 “Signs of Life” curated by Sara Reisman, at The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 “New Work New York” curated by Kat Griefen, at The Old Gem, Brooklyn, NY.
2015 “Summer MFA Invitational” at Rubelle and Norman Shaeffler Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Salonumenta” at Dekalb Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “WSJ 125” at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, Pratt Institute, New York, NY.
2014 “Personal Desire Propaganda 3” at Queens Museum, Queens, NY.
2013 “Welcome Show” at Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 “x/+ The Multiple Addition” at P339 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 “Personal Desire Propaganda 2” at This Red Door/Reh Kunst, Berlin, Germany.
2012 “Personal Desire Propaganda 1” at 111 Front Street Project Space, Brooklyn, NY.
2011 “Superior Artists” at La Sala, Brooklyn, NY.

Bibliography and Press

2016 Gac Levin, Michael. "Interview with Paul Gagner". Painting is Dead Blog.
2014 Levin, Michael. "Interview with Hiba Schahbaz". Painting is Dead Blog.
2013 Levin, Michael. “Jews of Today: A Primer on Hasidic Dress”. 109 Press.
2013 Bernstein, Nat. “Review of Jews of Today”. Jewish Book Council.
2013 Levin, Michael. “Dynamic and Polyglot: Judaism's (Hasidic) Revival Movement”. Visiting Scribe Series, Jewish Book Council.
2013 Levin, Michael. “Encountering the Hasidic Enclave”. Visiting Scribe Series, Jewish Book Council.
2013 Levin, Michael. “Some Thoughts on the Pew Survey of Jewish America”. Visiting Scribe Series, Jewish Book Council.
2013 Tcholakian, Danielle. “What is Yiddishkeit?”. Metro.
2013 Osgood, Kelsey. “Hasidic Chic”. Jewcy.
2013 VINNews. "Artist Sheds Light on Different Types of Chasidic Garb". Vos Iz Neias?.

Lectures and Panel Discussions

2016 "Post-Pratt: Making Art Work" at The Boiler, Brooklyn, NY.
2014 “Take it to be Framed: A Critics Tail” at Garis & Hahn, New York, NY.
2013 “Hasidic Dress Codes: A Conversation” at 109 Gallery/7 Dunham Place, Brooklyn, NY.
2013 “Williamsburg’s Hasidim” at This Red Door/Kunsthalle Galapagos, Brooklyn, NY.

Awards, Honors, and Residencies

2016 LABA Fellowship, 14th St. Y, NY.
2015 Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT.