Check Out: Kevin Cyr "In Praise of Rust" at Jonathan Levine Gallery

By - Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Brooklyn-based artist Kevin Cyr has created a new series of oil paintings that focus on the vehicles one would often see around New York City, the vans you see covered in graffiti, scratches and rust. These vehicles with their recognizable tags and other distinctive marks painted are presented in front of a variety of different simple colored backgrounds. This recent work of Cyr’s was shown at his latest solo exhibition at the Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, which opened on May 19th and is still running till June 19th. As these now rare vans are slowly being taken over by more and more trucks, Cyr pays a nice homage to these vehicles with this latest exhibition. In his words: “painting them is my way of documenting a grit that is slowly disappearing from New York. In a culture where people are lured by the appeal of status-enhancing symbols, I find so much character in derelict vans. I have always been interested in painting vehicles that have defined the evolution of the American landscape.” So if you’re around the Chelsea area, swing by the Jonathan Levine Gallery to check out Kevin Cyr’s newest stuff. Text: Jude Liana

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