Michael Gac Levin
"My paintings aim at the mystery and the intensity of childhood. At the core of my work is a lighthearted, diaristic drawing practice guided by repetition and humor. Riding a wobbly line down into memory, I find images that speak to our predicaments in the present and the uncertainty of the future. As they feed into paintings, the drawings take on color, bringing associations to nostalgia, the nocturnal, and the fantastical. My reflective, dreamlike compositions offer views of a world in which everything is animate and purposeful. A world where anything might suddenly rise to speak, stalk or play. A sense of archaic monumentality pervades the images, but feels as soft and yielding as a pillow fort or a loaf of bread. As a father of two young children., I understand my work as a way to reimagine traditions of masculinity, authority, and patrimony. Planted among the grateful ruins of a haunting past, my paintings are dreams of what we will leave behind ourselves."