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David X Levine, Joe Howe and Crystalle Lacouture

September 14 - October 26, 2019

Drive-By Projects
81 Spring Street, Watertown, MA

Opening Reception:
Saturday, September 14, 4-6pm

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Drive-by Projects is pleased to open its tenth fall season with Semiformal, an exhibition of paintings by Crystalle Lacouture, sculpture by Joe Howe and drawings by David X Levine. The formal elements of abstraction are key to the work of these artists, but each of the three pushes beyond the physical properties of line, shape, form, color, texture, etc. to add humanity and wit to the mix in Semiformal.

David X. Levine's small drawings of simple, redolent shapes are executed in his signature medium, colored pencil on paper. Levine elevates this humble duo of materials to produce tightly choreographed solo performances by a cast of abstract blobs and squiggles. A synesthetic who sees color when he hears music, Levine applies saturated color with an obsessive hand and often references musicians and song titles in his work. Careful placement of shapes within the picture plane helps to define the emotive theme of each drawing (awkward, sad, edgy, bloated) and we come to appreciate the elegant wit and fluency of Levine's abstract narratives.

We are proud to honor the work of Joe Howe in this exhibition. Non-verbal for his entire life, Howe expressed himself in the wood and clay pieces that he made in the studios of Gateway Arts, Brookline MA. Intuitive decisions about materials, color, scale and shape define Howe's objects. Though toy-like in size, they suggest monumental architectural structures, buildings, bridges, construction sites, etc. Favoring playful colors painted liberally onto his block-life assemblages, Howe often signed in black with "Joe." In 2014 Joe Howe was honored with a one-person exhibition at White Columns Gallery in NYC, where Director Matthew Higgs brought together a selection of works from Howe's 40 years at Gateway Arts.

Crystalle Lacouture's abstract paintings are inspired by textiles and the memories of places and experiences from her transient childhood. Though loosely built on an underlying grid-like structure, they expand to suggest three dimensional weavings that exist in a shallow space filled with crisscrossing threads and dove-tailed shapes. Sour reds, yellows and blues overlap and blend into earthy greens and browns. The viewer is aware of the artist's hand in her rough-edged forms and loosely applied paint, and of her presence as she guides us into the dreamlike webs/worlds of these mirror-sized, peculiarly seductive paintings.

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upcoming projects

Just Two Guys Made of Dots and Lines

curated by: beth kantrowitz/bkprojects
Jon Cowan and Jeffrey Katz

October 16 - November 22, 2019

Isenberg Projects
230 Cypress St, Brookline, MA

Opening Reception:
Wednesday, October 16, 6-9pm

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David X Levine, Ray Charles, 2005
colored pencil, graphite on paper, 6.5x5.75"

Joe Howe, Untitled, acrylic on wood construction, 14.5x10x10.25"

Crystalle Lacouture, Goal, 2019, oil on canvas, 20x16"

R: Jon Cowan, Radient Void, 2019; L: Jeffrey Katz, 25 Shorty, 2018

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