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Phoenix by Leah Yerpe, Charcoal on Paper, 36x93
Solo Exhibition
September 5 - October 13, 2012
Opening Reception
Thursday, September 6, 6:00-10:00pm
Meet Leah @ Opening Reception
Artist Talk and Intro @ 7:30pm

Dacia Gallery is pleased to present Infinitum, a solo exhibition of figurative drawings by Leah Yerpe. In her work, Leah decontextualizes the human figure in highly choreographed drawings that float effortlessly through space with elegance and grace.  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. 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 of Leah Yerpe.

Leah Drawing by Jonathan Auch

Leah Yerpe was born and raised in upstate New York where she began her artistic pursuits studying the natural world.  She received a BFA in painting and drawing from SUNY Fredonia in 2007 and an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2009.  Her work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs, and discussed in publications including The Paris Review, PMc Magazine, and Visual Overture. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


I use the human figure in my art because the viewer cannot help but relate.  For the same reason, I'm inspired by the persistent relevance of ancient myths; they span time to express human experience.  This show in particular was inspired by the story of Icarus and the Voyager spacecraft.  These strange bedfellows represent the very human desire to escape Earth's bounds.  Icarus glued feathers to his arms and flew to the sun.  Currently, Voyager is poised to become the first man-made object to leave our solar-system.  Thousands of years of human progress seeking escape. The figures in my work are multiplied in different poses, twisting, floating and falling on a ground purged of contextualizing marks. The bodies carry a feeling of contradiction between harmony and discord as they push and pull each other, forming constellations on the paper's surface.  I never pose my models; they have free reign to move in an immediate, improvised dance.  This fluidity contrasts with a fastidious drawing process, where every tiny gesture and wrinkle take on great significance.

Phoenix, Charcoal on Paper, 36x93 Aquila, Charcoal on Paper, 72x90 Columba, Charcoal on Paper, 72x102 Lyra, Graphite on Paper, 5.5x6 Pavo, Graphite on Paper, 18x50 Cygnus, Graphite on Paper, 18x50 Tucana, Graphite on Paper, 18x50 Apus, Graphite on Paper, 18x50