Hannah Levy

mother’s exhibitions:
Hannah Levy
Panic Hardware

16 May – 7 July 2018


Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
18 August – 17 December 2023

manifesto of fragility
16th Lyon Biennale
14 September – 31 December 2022

The Milk of Dreams
59th Venice Biennale
23 April – 27 November 2022

Hannah Levy
BAMPFA, University of California, Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive
10 August 2022 – 8 January 2023

Hannah Levy
Surplus Tension 
The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago
30 September 2021 – 29 January 2022

Hannah Levy 
High Line Commission, The High Line, New York
April 2021 – March 2022

The Dreamers 
58th October Salon | Belgrade Biennial 2021
25 June – 22 August 2021

Being There
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark
10 October 2017 – 25 February 2018

Past Skin
MoMA PS1, New York
April 9 – 10 September 2017

Hannah Levy
Gourmet Garden

Fourteen30 Contemporary, Portland, Oregon
19 March – 6 May 2017

Hannah Levy
White Flag Library, St. Louis, Missouri
17 September – 29 October 2016

Born New York, 1991, lives and works in New York.

Hannah Levy’s surrealistic sculptures revisualise the formal language of classic, modernist design office and home furnishings into extraordinary and alluring anthropomorphic forms. Handrails, gym equipment, medical devices, and other mundane, mass-produced, functional items are mined for their forms and likenesses (commonalities), then mutated into unnameable singular things that embody human characteristics and emulate personality. Casts of natural produce and consumables are also subsumed into draped or stretched silicone skins that preserve an implied synthetic sustenance. The highly polished nickel-plated tubular frames of Levy’s sculptures are reminiscent of the flawless minimalism of Mies van der Rohe’s “skin and bone” architecture, while the flesh-like silicone and latex appendages of her sculptures are more analogous to fetishistic objects. It is through this striking discordance that Levy’s works emerge, equally super-normal and sensuously repulsive.

Hannah Levy held her first solo exhibition, Panic Hardware, with mother’s tankstation in May 2018 and her second solo exhibition with the gallery is forthcoming. Selected exhibitions and activities include: The Milk of Dreams, 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Curated by Cecilia Alemani (2022), manifesto of fragility, 16th Biennale de Lyon, Lyon, Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath (2022), Matrix 279/ Hannah Levy, UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (2022), Hannah Levy: Surplus Tension, The Arts Club of Chicago (2021), Retainer, High Line Commission, The High Line New York (2021),  Pendulous Picnic, Casey Kaplan, New York (2020); Bone-in, Jeffrey Stark (2019); The Artist is Present, Yuz Museum, Shanghai (2018), The Artsy Vanguard, Bergdorf Goodman, New York,  Being There, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (2017); Past Skin, MoMA PS1, New York (2017); Things I Think I Want, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2017); White Flag Projects Library, St. Louis (solo, 2016); Soft Costs_Money Over World, Kunstverein Wiesen, Wiesen (2016); Parked Like Serious Oysters, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt (2015) and Pretty Eyes, Electric Bills, Fordham University, New York (2015). Levy completed her MA at the Städelschule, Frankfurt in 2015.

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