LVL3 proudly presents Down with Desire, a group show in partnership with the ACRE residency program. This year we bring together artists Sarah Bowling, Erick Medel, Luis E Rodriguez, and Crys Yin. Down with Desire is both a protest of being the object of desire as well as a celebration of internal vulnerability and curiosity. A complicated conversation involving cultural identity, placement and personal experiences. Together, the four artists, claim space in​ ​a​ ​way​ ​thoughts​ ​cannot when ​exploring ​the​ ​constructs​ ​of​ ​desire and critically reflecting on their own place within society.

Sarah Bowling

Sarah Bowling (b. 1993) lives and works in her native home of Denver, Colorado. Bowling received her BFA in Painting and Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows across the country, including Aggregate Space, Oakland, CA, as well as Sullivan Gallery, and Archer Beach Haus in Chicago, IL among others. She was recently selected to be a RedLine artist in residence for the next two years in Denver, CO. Her work is in several private and corporate collections throughout the US.

Erick Medel

Erick Medel hails from Los Angeles and is currently based in Providence, RI. His interdisciplinary practice combines sculpture and photography with available consumer objects and iconography. 

Through transformations in materials and form, Medel opens up a dialogue about the customization of identity and the power of consumer culture, habits, and symbolism in the promotion of ideologies. 

His Work has been recently exhibited at ClampArt (New York), Camayuhs (Atlanta), and Yellow Peril Gallery (Providence, RI).

Luis Rodríguez Rosario

Luis Rodríguez Rosario is a Puerto Rican artist residing in Chicago with an MFA in Sculpture from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2013, he presented his first solo exhibition titled A fuerza de pulmón in Área: Lugar de Proyectos as part of his residency with the Proyecto Graderío. Luis has participated in several exhibitions within Puerto Rico and the United States of America; such as in the Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, La Productora, 20/20, Área: Lugar de Proyectos, The National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture in Chicago and Sullivan Gallery. 

Crys Yin

Crys Yin lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Her work deals with cultural misconnections and embracing the comedic side of personal experiences. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Adam Baumgold Gallery, Transmitter, and Victori+Mo. Yin has also participated in residencies with Shandaken Paint School, Ox-Bow, The Lighthouse Works, ACRE, and Lower East Side Printshop.


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