devNgosha at Soze Gallery

Live FAST faves Devin Liston and Gosha Levochkin are often known as a duo under the moniker devNgosha. Creating surrealist-inspired neo-psychedelic art, the duo crafts work that is equal parts electric and cerebral, allowing the spectators to indulge themselves in an alternate reality. We recently stopped by their Los Angeles studio with Laura Austin for a quick studio visit as they were finishing the final touches on the work for their latest solo exhibitions at Soze Gallery.

While Devngosha is a strong creative duo, the two young men who stand behind the name are also responsible for art that is stylistically distinct. Devin Liston is a self-taught Seattle native. After a brief stint at the Art Institute of Santa Monica for animation and design, he went on to form Cyrcle, a well-known art collective, with Rabi and Davey Detail in 2010. At the end of 2012, Devin left Cyrcle to pursue a more painterly vision and subsequently formed devNgosha.

Gosha Levochkin, an illustrator and the other half of devNgosha, was born in Moscow and relocated to Los Angeles when he was ten years old. Also a self-taught artist, Levochkin is heavily inspired by animation, his surroundings and his overactive imagination. It is very possible you may already be familiar with his solo work, as he previously had a successful watercolorist career. Citing Caravaggio and comic book art as two of his largest influences, he creates neo-psychedelic art alongside Devin Liston.

This Friday, September 12th at Los Angeles’ Soze Gallery, two solo exhibitions featuring all new works by Gosha and Devin will be unveiled. “LOST,” Levochkin’s dynamic display of 25 works, will employ vibrantly pigmented watercolor and gouache. This particular body of work boasts fluidity and freedom, paired with playful candy colors that distinctly embed themselves into the mind. Never over-thought, these pieces have an ambiguous sense of characterization that lends to a spurious sort of storytelling.

Devin’s “Grown Ups” will present new oil and acrylic mixed media paintings that explore the psychological terrain of growing up and moving through life stages. Focusing on the mental content and ideals we bring with us into adulthood, his paintings are a combination of design and illustration, using eyes that are symbolically painted to represent the exploration of perception. Using the words “CRAWL”, “WALK”, “RUN”, “FALL”, and “REPEAT” throughout the series, Liston is commenting on the cycle of birth, life, death, and rebirth.

Located at 935 N. Fairfax Ave. in West Hollywood, the opening reception takes place this Friday, September 12th from 7-10pm. The exhibition will be running until October 1st. See you there!

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