Tiny suits, miniature ceramic vessels in towering vitrines, hand-embroidered baseball caps, Charles Ledray’s work is a poetry of material, scale, and cultural resonance rich with history and emotion. Well known for his exquisitely crafted objects, working in a range of materials from fabric to human bone, Ledray’s work touches on loss, pathos, and absence. These objects, each exquisite in their separate ways, are also meticulously made by hand, bringing awe to our experience of them, each object virtually singing or humming from beneath the crushing conceptual weight of the immense labor involved in their own creation.
Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art is the artist’s first museum exhibition to follow his just-completed comprehensive survey exhibition workworkworkworkwork, which was organized by The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston and toured to The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
While workworkworkworkwork included more than 50 art works spanning the artist’s career, Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art will consist of just four art works, including his major work Mens’ Suits. The result is an exhibition giving enormous physical and imaginative space to only four very carefully selected works, allowing each work its autonomy even as each also adds their voice to an intimate conversation. In contrast to a survey that seeks to explore the full range of an artist’s concerns or approaches, Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art will place the emphasis on a unique experience of the artist’s work in a specific place at a specific time. Not meant to represent the artist’s overall oeuvre, or even to represent any particular theme within the artist’s work, this exhibition is focused on creating a unique dialogue between four individual, powerful works – a dialogue of profound intellectual and visual beauty.
Charles Ledray: Bass Museum of Art is the artist’s first exhibition in Florida.
Charles LeDray was born in Seattle in 1960 and now lives and works in New York. He did not receive conventional artistic training; he began his career as a security guard at the Seattle Art Museum, then worked as an art handler for a private gallery where his first piece of work was selected for inclusion in a group show just hours before the opening. Recent solo exhibitions also include Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam, Galerie Schmela, Düsseldorf, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco and Seattle Art Museum. Collections the Museum of Modern Art; The Whitney Museum of American Art; The Denver Art Museum; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston.