Arik Levy. RockGrowth400, 2013. Mirror-polished, marine-grade stainless steel. 173 x 126 x 157 in. © Arik Levy. Photo Florian Kleinefenn. Courtesy Arik Levy Studio
Arik Levy, 2013. Photo by Daniele de Carolis. Courtesy of Arik Levy Studio.
Arik Levy. FacetFormation180Corten, 2016. Corten Steel. 30 3/4 x 30 x 71 inches. Courtesy of Arik Levy Studio.
A current exhibition
at The Baker Museum
September 5, 2017 — January 7, 2018
Unnatural History is the first US museum solo exhibition of the internationally renowned, Paris-based artist, designer, photographer and video artist Arik Levy (Israel, b. 1963), who has gained global recognition with his sculptures and outdoor installations. Emphasizing elegance, balance and minimalism, Levy’s creations address the viewer in ways that are equally cerebral and sensuous.
This exhibition offers a mid-career, concentrated perspective on the artist’s work and considers the semiotics of his formal language, which synthesizes the worlds of art and design and finds expression through imaginative paradigms and syntagmatic structures. With a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of sculptural traditions, Levy is a technologist as much as he is an artist: He thinks in form, volume, skin, texture and material properties; he manipulates and develops cutting-edge fabrication techniques to propel his ongoing creative investigation and artistic exploration.
Levy’s innate scientific and poetic acumen, mixed with his interest in innovation, simplicity and experimentation, allows him to translate social and emotional conceptual narratives into sculpture, paintings, photography as well as space and experiences. In this exhibition, the artist’s hand is omnipresent because Levy offered an original concept for the installation, which he gradually unpacked and turned into an environment for visitors to become acquainted with his two- and three dimensional works while considering the families and series in which they are organized by kinship. On a deeper level, these categories evidence the evolution of his creations from an earlyform or structure into different permutations and variations, continually unfolding in sequential experiences.
Levy’s works in various media derive inspiration in form and content from nature. They evoke minerals, arboreal structures, rocks and other forms and exist as monuments that reflect and celebrate the geometry of nature, serenely owning the spaces they occupy.
This exhibition is organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum.