Blueshift Wynwood is pleased to announce Andrew Levitas: Metalwork Playground, the artistâ€™s firstÂ solo exhibition in Miami. Levitas, known for his meticulously handcrafted photo-sculptures developed throughÂ his patented/trademarked process Metalwork PhotographyÂ®, has produced a new body of work consisting ofÂ recreational playground equipment.
Driven by the desire to express his inner vision in a highly personalized medium, Levitas encourages dialogue onÂ the most pressing concerns of our times: dramatic shifts in Americaâ€™s political and economic strength, technologyÂ and our quest for simplicity, and the rapid depletion of wilderness. Levitas creates an inviting experience through the lens of easily recognized forms (seesaws, swing sets, and merry-go-rounds) and the most cherished and happiest of experiences â€“ childhood playtime that can also translate to adult environments. To further complicate this discussion, the sculptures are crafted following the strictest of design principles in gleaming polished chrome. Their sleekness hints at our need for perfection, immediacy, and our impatience in finding lasting resolutions.
Levitas, who is also a filmmaker and writer, began his fine art practice as a painter and photographer. Finding the medium of photography personally limiting, he developed Metalwork PhotographyÂ®, a process involving theÂ transfer of photographs onto custom transparencies that are in turn melted onto hand etched metal sheets creatingÂ a highly reflective surface. Levitasâ€™s installations take this technique one-step further and are comprised of multipaneled interlocking metal sheets. Built to scale, the playground equipment sculptures, just like his photographs, can be displayed indoors or outdoors and are completely functional art objects.