devNgosha- Soze Gallery
(review by Sammy Winston - Click image for full photo set)
Los Angeles is awash in summertime psych vibes and wheelbarrows of shrooms, so the timing is ideal for the arrival of devNgosha, or Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin. The pair of collaborators present the ebb and flow of existence as an outpouring of neon madness, twisting daydream surrealism into a reflection on the process of maturation.
Liston presents the confusion of modern man with a semblance of rigidity, creating grotesque portraits that could serve as the propaganda posters of low-budget dystopian films. The mugshots of Saturday morning cartoons. Maturation presented in a most immature manner.
Gosha, against a stark white background, offers creatures culled from murky Rorshach tests, cut open and bled of their hidden inner vibrancy. Color explodes from the folds of these playful monsters, lending the pieces an invigorating tension. One is left with the sense that there is a fantastic tale each of these creatures has comes forth to tell, if only one could bear to decipher it.
Boethius once posited that life was a wheel, and glorified, if not rationalized, all of its wonderful rising and treacherous falling and the schizophrenic beauty of the two. devNgosha offer that same wheel as a carnival ride. And as such, one finds themselves both charmed and unsettled in a candy-coated landscape.
Soze Gallery in Los Angeles will be presenting these dual collections from September 12th until October 1st.