|Pleiades by Leah Yerpe|
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 7 from 6-10pm
Meet Leah @ Opening Reception
Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Illumination a solo exhibition of figurative drawings and paintings by Leah Yerpe. In her art, Leah recontextualizes the human figure in highly choreographed drawings and paintings. Bodies are multiplied in different poses, twisting, floating and falling on a ground purged of contextualizing marks. She believes that art is an exploration of contradictions and raw emotions that need to communicate the intangible. Her models are given free reign to move their bodies without direction in a sort of immediate, improvised dance. This looseness contrasts with the fastidious technique of the artist, where elegance and grace is infused with subtle dissonance. Her work is heavily influenced by the lyrical paintings of Cy Twombly and Tiepolo, the body-centered sculpture of Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois, and the fantastical narratives of mythology and religion that she grew up with. Leah received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been featured in numerous shows and discussed in publications such as PMc Magazine, Visual Overture, and Studio Visit. An important part of the human condition is a desire for resolution, for a way to put the incongruities of life into order. Despite our efforts, sometimes the closer we seem to approach a conclusion, the more elusive it proves. Yet our perception is left a little richer for the struggle we envision in the drawings and paintings of Leah Yerpe.