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ILevel Staff Art Show: Artist Chris Deo

Today marks the opening of our staff art show, Finding Center, taking place at our studio through March 31, 2017. In honor of the exhibition (which is curated entirely from the works of our talented team members) we’re highlighting the work of one of our on-staff artists, Chris Deo. (And check out last week’s interview with Jack Stadtlander, here.)

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What sort of art do you create?

I’m currently working in several modes of materiality and degrees of representation. My goal is to generate small collections of works that explore the aesthetic of a “salon” or “vignette” as not only a curated outcome but also a generative conceptual approach to making work.

How long have you been doing it?

I’ve actively had a studio practice for 15 or so years. Including my graduate studies is painting at the University of Minnesota. Although I’ve been working in the above mentioned mode for much longer than I realized, I have been narrowing my focus on what it currently is for only the last year or so.

What pieces are you showing in the ILevel art show? 

I made a very small collection of images (pictured above). I’ve titled each but am still working to determine how aggressively I want to classify or conceptualize the group. Currently, titling is very secondary and merely a descriptive device.

To see more work by Chris Deo and the rest of our skilled staff, stop by “Finding Center” at 37 E. 7th St. in Manhattan. 


ILevel Staff Art Show: Artist Jack Stadtlander

Last week, we announced our upcoming ILevel staff art show, Finding Center, taking place at our studio from February 15 through March 31, 2017. It’s an exhibition curated entirely from the works of our talented team members. So just how good are they? Today, we’re going to spotlight one of our on-staff artists, Jack Stadtlander. 
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What kind of art do you make? 

I create photographs, mainly on my Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex camera (like the one Diane Arbus used). I shoot intimate landscapes, from somewhat close range, focusing on the immediate: textures and colors.  I was guided early on by my teachers, Elinor Carucci (at the School of Visual Arts) and Joel Meyerowitz, and I maintain a practice of shooting during my travels and daily life.  The medium format film allows me to expand these snapshots and create vivid, tonally rich prints that heighten the mundane.  

When did you start your career as an artist? 

I’ve been shooting since I was about 14 or 15, so for about 16 years.  My mother is a photographer and had cameras around the house for me to experiment with. 

What are you showing at “Finding Center?”

At the ILevel show, I’ve included select prints I’ve taken in various rural setting across Central New York State, San Francisco, New Jersey, and Ireland (Images seen throughout this post). 
To see more of Jack’s work, stop by our studio at 37 E. 7th St., New York, NY.


You’re Invited: ILevel Studio Staff Show

When we hire our staff at ILevel, one of the things that we look for is a true passion for art. Besides being skilled at handling, hanging, and installing art, our team members are all incredibly talented when it comes to creating art, too.

So we figured what better way to put on our next studio art show than to tap our artists-in-residence? From February 15 through March 31, we’ll host “Finding Center,” an exhibit of paintings, photography, sculpture, and more, from more than a dozen of our team members.

Our staff artists include Alan Fleming, Andrew Smenos, Anthony Carpenter, Chris Deo, David Grois, David Kassel, David Stern, Jack Stadtlander, Jeff DiRaimo, Jon Rosenblum, Lyle Starr, Oliver Terry, Patrick Resing, and Scott Wilson.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, February 15th, from 6 pm to 8 pm at ILevel Studio (37 East 7th Street).