Gallery Exhibitions

Mud Puddling

10.2.21 - 11.14.21

LVL3 is proud to announce Mud Puddling, a two-person exhibition featuring work from Frank Lepkowski (Detroit, MI) and Yae Jee Min (Chicago, IL).

Lepkowski & Min cycle through sentiment, butterflies drawn to carrion, they sift through the ever-shifting milieu of past and present to generate their haptic recollections. Lepkowski’s paintings are dense process works, they layer digital and analog mark-making to produce reverberating displays. In his oversaturated compositions, he merges the mind’s eye and the machinic lens. His hand consistently intervenes, adding the finishing touches, threading in the last-minute pixel. 

Min’s practice envelopes viewers in the atmospheric exploration of memory and nostalgia. Through paint, thread, and sequin, she replicates the physical realms of memory. Her shimmering works broaden and spacialize our perception of remembering, forgetting, and imagining. Within their practices, Lepkowski and Min yearn for a residual image; for stories with endings. Nevertheless, the unresolved present weaves its way through their pieces. Both artists emphasize change as the nature of life with a sense of tactility, conveying a complex acceptance of the unknown.

Opening: Saturday,  October 2nd, 6-10 pm!

Gallery hours are Sundays 1-4 pm and can also be made by appointment. Email team@lvl3official.com or call/text 312-469-0333 to reserve a time outside of gallery hours.

*Must be vaccinated and masks must be worn to enter the gallery

Frank Lepkowski | Managua, 2021 | Inkjet on burlap, polyester thread | 27” x 21”
Frank Lepkowski | Golden Hour, 2021 | Inkjet on canvas, polyester thread | 13.5” x 10”
Yae Jee Min | imprints of fur, starfall, 2021 | Sequins, heatpress dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, and graphite. | 36" x 60"
Frank Lepkowski | Detritus #3, 2021 | Inkjet on canvas, polyester thread | 19” x 14.5”
Yae Jee Min | murmuring i, 2021 | Sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, Angelina fibers, and graphite | 6” x 8”
Yae Jee Min | murmuring ii, 2021 | Sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, Angelina fibers, and graphite | 6” x 8”
Frank Lepkowski | Detritus #2, 2021 | Inkjet on burlap, polyester thread | 19” x 14.5”
Frank Lepkowski | Detritus #1, 2021 | Inkjet and computerized embroidery on canvas, polyester thread | 19” x 14.5”
Yae Jee Min | lightly gently caressing the fur, 2021 | Sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, and graphite | 48” x 72”
Frank Lepkowski | Jinotepe, 2021 | Inkjet on burlap, polyester thread | 27” x 21”
Yae Jee Min | jars of tears, but happy 2021 | Sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, Angelina fibers, paper, and graphite | 36” x 60”
Frank Lepkowski | Blue Hour, 2021 | Inkjet and computerized embroidery on canvas, polyester thread | 10” x 7.5”
Frank Lepkowski | Sun Glitter #1, 2021 | Inkjet on burlap, polyester thread | 33.5” x 26”
Yae Jee Min | scream whisper, 2021 | Sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, Angelina fibers, and graphite | 6” x 8”
Frank Lepkowski | Sun Glitter #2, 2021 | Inkjet on burlap, polyester thread | 33.5” x 26”
Frank Lepkowski | Flowing Water, 2021 | Inkjet and computerized embroidery on canvas, polyester thread | 19” x 14.5”
Yae Jee Min | fishing for clouds in the sea, 2021 | sequins, heat-press dyes on polyester, nail polish, crayons, acrylic, embroidery, Angelina fibers, and graphite | 36” x 60”