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Leslie Weissman

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Birthplace
new york

Birth year
1966

Lives in
mount kisco

Works in
mount kisco

Schools
hobart and william smith, 1988, BA
Tisch School of The Arts/ NYU, 1990, MA
Westchester Center For the Arts

Tags
conceptual, abstract, mixed-media

Artisit Statement

Motivated by the use of line and pure color and
how it can transform into raw emotion the more I work each piece to represent a thought, a moment in time or a relationship that needs exploration. Constantly trying to balance the dichotomy in our world; anonymity and extreme presence, broken and perfect parts, personal histories and current circumstances my work evolves from an initial view of my environment to an abstract depiction of relationships.

Currently I am exploring the suburban landscape as a thought about social, economic and political status. By depicting the suburbs from aerial views and abstracting the neighborhoods and interjecting line, silhouettes and other suburban elements I am hoping to initiate a dialogue about how we relate to each other and function as a community. I am interested in personal intrigues and how those personal struggles and background stories impact our reactions and relations to those around us.

The suburbs are rife with individual struggles of belonging and wanting to standout. No longer are the suburbs providing anonymity derived from a standard way of life and uniformity. In the midst of neighborhoods and developments is a modern social revolution where individuals are looking to be known for something greater than being part of the whole.

The use of black lines in my work is a way of depicting the boundaries we erect for ourselves and how we need to constantly adjust them in an effort to perform, survive and grow beyond them. Our boundaries are often self imposed or obtain from a desire to part of a collective group. So long as we know our boundaries we are able to live within them or push beyond.

In additional I have been using the abstraction of words and images of broken things in my environment that label and need fixing respectively. The words and the broken parts have their own beauty and the shapes they create should continue to push the boundaries of where we find ourselves living. The dichotomy of suburban life is rich with age old questions regarding our place in the universe and what entails a perfect model for true in our lives.

“The artist does not illustrate science (but) he frequently responds to the same interests that a scientist does.”

 “ On the fringe of mass Suburbia, even the advantages of the primary neighborhood group disappear. The cost of this detachment in space from other men is out of all proportion to its supposed benefits. The end product is an encapsulated life, spent more and more either in a motor car or within the cabin of darkness before a television set: soon, with a little more automation of traffic, mostly in a motor car, travelling even greater distances, under remote control, so that the one-time driver may occupy himself with a television set, having lost even the freedom of steering wheel. Every part of this life, indeed, will come through official channels and be under supervision. Untouched by human hand at one end: untouched by human spirit at the other. Those who accept this existence might as well be encased in a rocket hurtling through space, so narrow are their choices, so limited and deficient their permitted responses. Here indeed we find 'The Lonely Crowd.”

 Lewis Mumford

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