Opening: Jesse Hazelip "Love Lock: Cycle of Violence"

By - Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Jesse Hazelip has transitioned from his graffiti roots out in Oakland CA to further explore fine art. His upcoming show, Love Lock: Cycle of Violence comments on the state of our justice system through a variety of mixed media pieces, drawings and collaborative efforts between himself and friend, James Allison who is currently incarcerated. There will also be a performance piece which Hazelip himself will be on display in a custom-built Plexiglas cell resembling a solitary confinement unit (6ft x 9ft) with musician Bianca Casady of Coco Rosie. Hazelip has fully embraced the many symbolic traditions of jail culture, including shaving his head and eyebrows and replacing them with tattoos (see video below). By using animals to represent the inhumane states of prisoners, Hazelip draws attention to the vicious cycles of hierarchy and conformity. A two-tone screen print will be available for purchase at the show, which runs January 11th to February 18th 2014. Opening reception – Saturday, January 11th from 7pm to 9pm at Jonathan Levine Gallery {image-1}

ABOUT THE ARTIST Jesse Hazelip was born in 1977 in Cortez, Colorado amidst Navajo and Ute Nation territory. At the age of 13, he relocated to Santa Barbara, CA—a vastly different environment from that of his childhood. There, Hazelip became involved with graffiti. This led to him developing an aesthetic and technique that is woven into his artwork alongside the imagery and history of his native southwest. In 2007, he received a BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He is currently based in New York. Source: Jonathan LeVine Gallery 529 West 20th Street, 9E, New York, NY 10011 Author: Ro Sabourin / @rosabourin

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