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Art Sun Jul 13 2014
LVL3, the crowd-pleasing alternative gallery space located in the heart of Wicker Park, had its opening reception last night for the exhibition, Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck. Milano Chow, Sofia Leiby and Malin Gabriella Nordin are the three artists featured in the group show which exhibit detailed drawings, black and white collage and graffiti covered canvases. Typically, LVL3 hosts conceptual artists that spread out onto the floor, their paintings made up of duct tape and crayons or oddly shaped installations that involve teddy bears. Still conceptual, this show appears to be more tame. This is not to be taken the wrong way--this exhibit is absolutely a breath of fresh air, something viewers haven't seen at LVL3 recently.
Milano Chow, an artist residing in LA, creates large drawings of domesticated settings set through the window pane of a house or a structure. These classical drawings are so precise and so soft that one must take a moment to truly become aware if they are drawings, photographs or digital depictions.
The only sense of color in the entire three-person show is Sofia Leiby, who writes on the walls and works on smaller sized canvases to present her stylized technique. Layers upon layers cover the canvases--one can see crayon, marker, and drips of paint beneath the surface. Her color palette is sometimes pastel, never muddy and mostly bold.
Working with shadows, form and concept, Malin Gabriella Nordin, presents collage pieces that depict emotive responses and shapely shifts in reality. Her work is typically color oriented but for Two Rocks Do Not Make a Duck, her pieces are black and white.
The prominent theme of layering in these three artists pieces creates a sense of shape, dimension and form within pieces that are exclusivley 2 dimensional.
LVL3 is located on 1542 N. Milwaukee Ave., on the third floor of the building. The gallery is open Sunday from 1 to 4pm and by appointment.