Spencer Chalk-Levy

b 1986 New York. Lives and works in Vienna .

ARTIST STATEMENT

In his work he confronts the role of beauty and the grotesque as an aesthetic category, while using it as a vehicle for exploring subtler themes, such as mortality and conventional ideas of society.
The inspiration for his playful and bizarre figures, often presented in dramatic narratives, are mainly drawn from real life observations, following the inspirational sources of artists he admires most. Notably from 2012-2014, he worked as a bartender in one of Berlin’s upscale Gentlemen’s clubs/Brothel to follow in the footsteps of both Egon Schiele and Toulouse Lautrec. He wanted to capture and live amongst modern day versions of the prostitutes, Schiele and Lautrec obsessed over.
With an acute sensitivity, he taps into to traditional techniques and the pictorial language of historical art genres, while injecting contemporary elements through blending it with the colorful and detailed aesthetic, descended from book and fashion illustrations. The emotional resonance of his staged scenes and characters trigger the viewer to dive into the current state of the narrative, instinctively approaching his/her active powers of the imagination to continue on the sequel of the scenery. Colliding traditional genres, illustration and subject matter, Chalk-Levy has developed a unique style with a distinctive design.
In his recent experiments in the realm of digitally woven tapestries, he explores how his contemporary re-interpretations and the use of advanced production processes, impact their meaning and tradition.

Vita

Education
  • 2014- 2018 Academy Fine Arts Vienna, AT 
  • 2004-2008 School of Visual Arts, New York, USA
  • Solo Exhibitions
  • 2018 “Armour“ Æther Art Space, Sofia, BG
  • 2017 “Consumption and Lace” Klimt Villa, Vienna, AT
  • 2016 “Spencer Chalk-Levy” One Work Gallery, curated by Salvatore Viviano, Vienna, AT
  • Group Exhibitions
  • 2018 “Pain Game” Schaufenster Gallerie, Berlin, DE
  • 2017 “To Figure it Out” Sophie Tappeiner Gallery, curated by Barbara Rüdiger, Vienna, AT
  • 2017 “Siegfried Wagner: Bayreuth’s ‘Fairy’ Crown Prince” Schwules Museum, Berlin, DE 2017 “Volume A” Colonia Nova, organized by Kaltblut Magazine, Berlin, DE
  • 2017 “Asyl im Not Auction” Semperdepot, Vienna, AT
  • 2017 “Who am I?” ARCC Art Open Space, Vienna, AT
  • 2017 “50 Contemporary Artists” Enter Art Foundation, Berlin, DE
  • 2016 “Le Mal des Fleurs” ARCC Art open space, curated by Angela Stief, Vienna, AT 2016 “Caritas Charity Auction” Dorotheum Auction House, Vienna, AT
  • 2016 “Of the Coast of Me” curated by Barbara Rüdiger, Vienna, AT
  • 2016 “Buy Art for a Good Cause” Hochhaus Herrengasse, Vienna, AT
  • 2016 “KW7” Temporary Art Space, Vienna, AT
  • 2016 “Pop Up Show & T-Shirt Collaboration” Samstag Shop, Vienna, AT
  • 2013 “Decembeards” Galerie Mooiman, Gronigen, NL
  • 2013 “Post-Apocalyptic Draw Club” curated by Paul Deflorian, VBKÖ, Vienna, AT
  • 2012 “Things Fall Apart” Berlin, DE
  • 2011 “The Ones Modified” New Mexico, USA
  • 2010 “Ports 1961 Charity Show” New York, USA
  • 2009 “Governor's Island Art Fair” New York, USA
  • 2008 “New Art Inside New York” SVA Galleries, curated by Jeanne Siegel, New York, USA
  • 2008 “Best and Brightest” Millennia Fine Art, Orlando, USA
  • 2008 “SVA Senior Thesis Show” SVA Galleries, New York, USA
  • Publications and Texts
  • 2012 “Boys with Beards” Foreword text by AA Bronson Edition of 200

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