Bonnie Levinson is a multidisciplinary artist, working in mixed media, photography and paint. A playwright/performer and collaborator, her attention is in the intersection of these diverse yet complimentary forms, and their influence upon each other. Her current theatre project You Complete the Picture interweaves installation with performance. Much of her work deals with memory and the tension between the specificity and universality of place.
Her career spans over three decades working in the arts with cultural institutions. She served as Deputy Director for External Affairs at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Vice President for Development for the New York Public Library, Associate Director of The Hudson River Museum and Assistant Curator of Education at the Delaware Art Museum. Her firm BLAM! (Bonnie Levinson Arts Management) consults with individuals bringing art into their lives through active looking, aesthetic education and the joy of collecting. She works with cultural institutions creating public arts programming, and consults in development and marketing, and strategic planning. Currently she works with the National Parks for New York Harbor Conservancy as Cultural Consultant for the Visual Arts at Federal Hall in New York City. Her first exhibition in the Rotunda of Federal Hall is A Living Thing/ Mel Ziegler: Flag Exchange.
Between 2011 and 2016 arts Mel Ziegler journey through all 50 states and replaced distressed flags flying at civic and private locations-city halls, postoffice, hospitals, homes and schools--with new flags. These 50 tattered flags form a powerful artwork, Flag Exchange which spans the geography of our union and represents the spectrum of our allegiance.
She received her BA cum laude from Kenyon College and her Masters of Arts in Teaching Museum Education from George Washington University. She was a recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship. She has furthered her art making studies at the San Francisco Art Institute, Anderson Ranch Art Center, City College of San Francisco and Colorado Mountain College. She is a founding board member of the Oxbow School, serves on the Executive Committee of the San Francisco Art Institute, the Gund Gallery of Kenyon College, and the Artemis Rising Foundation.
My photographs have a painterly quality often playing with a perception of reality. There’s something about water that attracts me over and over again. The Alaska Pole series captures the interaction between water and sky, and the inherent abstraction and design that we create as interloper. An installation at The McLoughlin Gallery in San Francisco consisted of ten individual photographs, dye infused pigment on aluminum. The images were taken while on a small fishing boat in the Inside Passage in Alaska, where I felt immediately drawn to capture the reflection I saw in the water. Through documenting this otherwise fleeting moment, I revealed the character of nature and thus the dynamic and evolving relationship between our environment and ourselves. The dramatic contrast of colors play on the dichotomy of light and dark that is found within both water and sky, and the abstraction that becomes an object once it is a reflection on the water.
My abstract paintings, mixed media and photography are inspired by my interpretation of the colors, light, smells, textures and spirit of place, whether it be Sicily, Zambia, Japan, India, Cuba or Yosemite National Park. I use my photography as a sketch tool and artifact in the collage process.
RECENT EXHIBITIONS, ETC
" Water", Juried Exhibition, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO
"Strokes of Genius", 2018 Calendar collaboration of art and home from Artspan and Zephyr Real Estate
“Resistance", Arc Studio Artists Group Exhibition, Arc Gallery and Studio, San Francisco, CA
“Images 2017", Juried Exhibition of Photography Marin Society of Artists, San Rafael
“H2O“, The McLoughlin Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Identity”, Arc Gallery, Group Exhibition, San Francisco, CA
Artspan, Selections: Juried Exhibition, Midway Creative Gallery, San Francisco, CA
“Displacement” Third Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Artspan Open Studios, SOMA, San Francisco, CA
LIM Gallery, Commission and installation, San Francisco, CA
This piece published in the KENYONreview Online documents my first encounter with a "real artist", Mark Rothko. It has become the centerpiece of my current theater performance piece, You Complete the Picture.