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IKON by Nychos at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Kurt Vonnegut said, “To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow.”  I believe we all have an innate desire to create — to produce something we can call our own, however big or small — whether we’re painting, baking a cake, taking a photograph, or writing.  Every now and again an artist is able to hone his or her craft to the point of achieving a signature style, one so recognizable that it’s associated instantly with that individual.  Nychos, the Austrian illustrator and urban street artist, is fortunate to be one of those talents.

Nychos is well known and highly respected internationally, with multiple gallery shows and murals already under his belt at the tender age of 34.  He created Rabbit Eye Movement, a collective of international artists, which not only brings its members together but gives them agency and a permanent home in a gallery space in Vienna.  In his documentary “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”, Nychos cements his commitment and support for the proliferation of art, propelling the motto “Travel to Paint, Paint to Travel” forward.  

Nychos IKONNychos IKONNychos IKONNychos’s personal signature as an artist is that of a “dissection, cross-section, meltdown and translucence”, a unique style which combines his knowledge of anatomy from his childhood hunting experiences with his background as a cartoonist and his continuous growth as a painter.  His latest solo exhibition, IKON, is now on display at Jonathan LeVine Gallery and features familiar images and idols from our past and present in varying degrees of exposure to his signature style.  Fictional heroes mingle with our favorite singers and childhood characters in a morbidly enticing display.  As stated by the gallery:

By dismantling their anatomy he explores the humanity that exists underneath the mask of celebrity and confronts viewers with the core elements we all have in common: flesh and bones.

Nychos IKONNychos IKONNychos is making the most of his time stateside: he was one of the new artists on the 2016 lineup of Coney Art Walls which debuted alongside the Mermaid Parade this past June.  In addition, Nychos will be creating a large-scale mural in Jersey City.  IKON is on display through July 23.  If you’re planning a trip to the High Line, take a short detour to 20th Street and explore the interesting themes put forth by this thoughtful artist.

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Brunch at Cookshop

Cookshop NYCCookshop NYCAs a husband-wife team, we have great respect for other husband-wife teams who do it well, because we know how challenging it can be!  Vicki Freeman and Marc Meyer are the power couple behind Cookshop, as well as the other established eateries Hundred Acres, Vic’s, and Rosie’s.  Cookshop opened in 2005 and was one of the early players in the sustainable dining game.  Over ten years later, their weekend brunch still draws a crowd made up of a mixture of loyal local patrons and excited out-of-towners.  Now that summer has rolled around, many are hoping to get a seat on the sidewalk with a view of the High Line, which is pretty close to heaven on a warm, sunny day.  The commitment to serving seasonal fare keeps things fresh, and solid staples like frittatas and pancakes — executed to perfection, of course — will please even the fussiest diners.  

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