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Mike Leavitt has finished his inspired run of carvings featuring his 16 all time best directors (I previously featured some here). They are incredible pieces of art work that show tremendous imagination.

Exhibit at Jonathan LeVine Gallery May 14 to June 11, 2016. 529 W 20th St, 9E; New York 10011.

Here is what Mike had to say about them.

These are 1:4 scale, each is 18 inches tall or wide, sculpted from scratch in wood and polymer clay by myself in my garage. Each is painted with acrylic and carved from 80 to 100% wood. Smaller details, faces and hands are sculpted in polymer clay blended into wood. These sculptures are available to purchase. Please refer to Jonathan LeVine Gallery for all purchase inquiries and other information.

Great film directors get cut up. They take pains with the details, story, money and sacrifices to their vision. Their body succumbs to the pressure. So Mike Leavitt carved Tarantino, Kubrick, Scorsese and more physically consumed by their work. Hitchcock, Coppola and others are cut from blocks of wood like directors cut a take or reel. There’s a risk of mistakes with every slice. Directors commit to a story at every cut. Leavitt unmasks wizards behind the camera like Spielberg and David Lynch to get a taste of their own medicine. ‘King Cuts’ are totems of satire and devotion to the 16 best storytellers ever.

My Miyazaki sculpture can be bought now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. TY😌 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to buy this one-off 18" cedar wood carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete. • #HayaoMiyazaki is a quiet forest spirit. He serves #PrincessMononoke well. His signature apron is a ghostly shroud. It protects him from getting #SpiritedAway by a river dragon with no face. Luckily the loyal #Totoro sits atop his back. The legs of #HowlsMovingCastle can only carry him so far. • • • #KingCuts #Anime #PopArt #WoodWorking #ContemporaryArt #WoodSculpture #FilmDirector #Art #JonathanLeVineGallery #NoFace #ForestSpirit #WoodCarving #NewYork #StudioGhibli #Disney #manga #ArtGallery #PopArt #myneighbortotoro #MiyazakiKingCuts #cinephile #cinema #CultMovies #CultMovie #Miyazaki

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My Scorsese sculpture is available to buy now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18 inch cedar wood & polymer clay carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete by myself. • The #PassionOfTheChrist possesses #MartinScorsese . He martyrs himself with the guns of #Goodfellas and #TaxiDriver . He is the #RagingBull of curse words. Take or be taken. #Scorsese is a fighter. • • • #TravisBickle #RobertDeNiro #ContemporaryArt #WoodCarving #KingCuts #CultMovie #PopArt #WoodWorking #DeNiro #WoodSculpture #TheDeparted #WolfofWallStreet #ContemporaryArt #CultMovies #FilmDirector #KingCutsScorsese

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My Coppola sculpture can be bought now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. TY😌 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to buy this one-off 18" cedar wood & polymer clay carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete. • • #FrancisFordCoppola suffers the wounds of his #Godfather . His #RumbleFish, dog tags and combat boots guard him from the #ApocolypseNow . Resting in his vampire fingers, #TheOutsiders switchblade morphs into a #Dracula razor. Shotgun shells are missing. Something is responsible for tearing him apart. • • • #WoodSculpture #WoodCarving #KingCutsCoppola #sculpture #PopArt #WoodWorking #ContemporaryArt #FilmDirector #Art #JonathanLeVineGallery #NewYork #ArtGallery #cinephile #KingCuts #cinema #CultMovies #classicmovies #TheGodfather #Coppola #BramStokersDracula #MarlonBrando #cultclassic #classicfilm #CultMovie

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My David Lynch sculpture can be bought now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18" cedar wood & polymer clay carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete. • #DavidLynch can't fend off the growths. The #ElephantMan is winning. His vitals grasp for air with a #BlueVelvet oxygen mask. He lights two cigarettes. He's #WildatHeart like that. He'll leave chance to the wind. A flip of a card decides his destiny like the #TwinPeaks of fate. He pins his hopes on a #OneEyedJack . • • • #LynchKingCuts #PopArt #WoodWorking #ContemporaryArt #FilmDirector #JonathanLeVineGallery #NewYork #ArtGallery #cinephile #KingCuts #cinema #CultMovies #classicmovies #cultclassic #InLynchWeTrust #WoodCarving #Art #cinephile #classicfilm #WoodSculpture #CultMovie

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My Orson Welles sculpture is available to buy now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18" cedar mixed media piece including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete by myself. • #CitizenKane imprisons #OrsonWelles in a vehicle going nowhere. He is his own ticking time bomb with a slight #TouchOfEvil . He travels to and fro on splindly alien legs in his own tormented #WarOfTheWorlds . A #SnowGlobe and sled provide no respite, only more opportunity to encase himself in his own creations. • • #WoodCarving #KingCutsOrson #PopArt #ContemporaryArt #FilmDirector #Art #ArtGallery #cinephile #cinema #classicmovies #classicfilm #Orson #FisForFake #Rosebud #Art #JonathanLeVineGallery #WoodSculpture #WoodWorking #NewYork #cinephile #KingCuts #CultMovie #CultMovies

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My Orson Welles sculpture is available to buy now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18" cedar mixed media piece including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete by myself. • #CitizenKane imprisons #OrsonWelles in a vehicle going nowhere. He is his own ticking time bomb with a slight #TouchOfEvil . He travels to and fro on splindly alien legs in his own tormented #WarOfTheWorlds . A #SnowGlobe and sled provide no respite, only more opportunity to encase himself in his own creations. • • #WoodCarving #KingCutsOrson #PopArt #ContemporaryArt #FilmDirector #Art #ArtGallery #cinephile #cinema #classicmovies #classicfilm #Orson #FisForFake #Rosebud #Art #JonathanLeVineGallery #WoodSculpture #WoodWorking #NewYork #cinephile #KingCuts #CultMovie #CultMovies

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My James Cameron sculpture is available to buy now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18 inch cedar wood & polymer clay carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete by myself. • His blockbusters engulf the body of #JamesCameron down to his bones. His skeleton is mechanized in #Terminator machinery. The #Titanic weight of Winslet's ‘French girls’ envelops his pose. He blows her whistle for salvation. He struts her heart of the sea. Yet he’s so swayed that his own gender yields to the Titanic. His is the #Alien of his own doing. An #Avatar fallen to Earth, #Cameron is truly a bizarre do-gooder. • #WoodSculpture #KingCutsCameron #sculpture #PopArt #WoodWorking #ContemporaryArt #FilmDirector #JonathanLeVineGallery #NewYork #ArtGallery #KateWinslet #cinephile #KingCuts #WoodCarving #CultMovie #CultMovies

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My Tim Burton sculpture is available to buy now til Saturday @jonathanlevinegallery If not you, you're 1 degree from someone wanting & able to buy this. Please send & repost. Thank you!😊 • Contact JonathanLeVineGallery.com to purchase this one-off 18 inch cedar wood & polymer clay carving including the wall plaque pictured. This 1/1 #sculpture took me weeks of painstaking labor to complete by myself. • #Batman is carved in the heart of #TimBurton . He's gripped in the throws of a #Beetlejuice crawling up his jugular veins. He entrusts his platforms to carry him along #PeeWeesBigAdventure . It's hard to tell how it'll end. He can't even get around his own #Scissorhands . • • • #EdwardScissorhands #ContemporaryArt #WoodCarving #KingCuts #CultMovie #PopArt #WoodWorking #WoodSculpture #ContemporaryArt #CultMovies #FilmDirector #TimKingCuts #PeeWeeHerman #BatmanReturns #PeeWee #JohnnyDepp #AliceinWonderland #AliceThroughTheLookingGlass

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