Working as one creative entity for the past couple of years, DevNGosha (aka Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin) have recently taken time apart to get stuck into some solo material, although now both artists’ side projects are complete they are back under one roof, concurrently exhibiting their individual work at Soze Gallery, West Hollywood.
Liston’s new collection of paintings, entitled Grown Ups, is concerned with the different stages of maturation, and the psychological changes that comes with the process. Mainly disembodied half-heads convey a life stage providing context, with ideas and desires represented floating above their head-spaces. These two hemispheres are separated by a pair of hypnotised eyes, commenting on perception and perhaps our tendency towards obsessions, whether they be mid-life aspirations or teenage fads. Liston uses design and illustration techniques in his paintings; for example, the repeated use of typography in the cyclical message “crawl, walk, run, fall, repeat”. Twenty-five highly detailed paper works comprise Lost, by Levochkin. Ranging from small framed pieces to larger works, each “pseudo-story” uses a signature technique of blending vivid colours with an ever-present black pigment, which the artist introduces into the mix in an act of deliberate pollution. The two collections can be seen from 12 September to 1 October.