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Leslie Tucker

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MANIFESTO: Supreme Majesty, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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MANIFESTO: Impediments In The Agile World, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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MANIFESTO: Here Is Your Princess, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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MANIFESTO: Rival Ascendancies Overthrow The Blessed Unrest, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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MANIFESTO: Vitriolic Disruptions Reclaim The Righteous Soul, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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MANIFESTO: The Ubiquity Of Our Antagonisms, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
20171024183210-leslie-tucker_expectations
MANIFESTO: Expectations Great & Otherwise, 2017 24 X 34 Inches
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POSTULATE: I Am The First & I Am The Last, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Believer, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Poseur, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: To Serve Man, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Of What We Cannot Speak, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Grave Misfortunes Solicit, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Dwelling On A Muddle, 2015 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Dashed Expectations, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: An End To Any Sense, 2016 25 X 24 Inches
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POSTULATE: Letting Go Of Clutter, 2015 25 X 24 Inches
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Cup Runneth Over, 2013 Large & Small Formats
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Dominion, 2013 Large & Small Formats
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Lucky Is The World To Receive This Grateful Child, 2014 Large & Small Formats
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Obey, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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Predators, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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Empire, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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America Celebrates Friendly Plastics, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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Feeding Frenzy, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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Hide Your Children, 2011 Large & Small Formats
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Toxic Carbs, 2008 Large & Small Formats
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Compliance, 2008 Large & Small Formats
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Men In Ties, 2011 20 X 24 Inches
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DETAIL | Men In Ties
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Hooks & Slides, 2014 24 X 20 Inches
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Soulmate, 2013 24 X 20 Inches
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Milk Gone Bad: A Look-And-Learn Flash Card, 2013 24 X 20 Inches
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DETAIL | Milk Gone Bad: A Look-And-Learn Flash Card
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50 Sure-Fire Ways To Change Your Life, 2009 24 X 32 Inches
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DETAIL | 50 Sure-Fire Ways To Change Your Life
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Extraordinary Mundane, 2008 40 X 22 Inches
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DETAIL | Extraordinary Mundane
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Boston, MA
Lives in
East Village, NYC
Works in
Brooklyn Fire Proof, Bushwick
Schools
Manhattanville College, NY, BFA
Statement & Process

In veiled and covert ways my photo art explores our buying habits and how we are led by a culture of artful sellers. My stories are about our conflicts and dualities illuminated by the objects we nimbly consume. I invite my audience to meander through my decorative tableaus to rediscover the underbelly of our humanity--to better understand who we are, who we've been, and who we are becoming. 

I've always been interested in our willingness to be sold, but our options have multiplied and it's wearing us out. More than anything else this is why enduring loyalties are formed. Once we believe that our values and choices align, we're happy to choose what has earned our trust.

But what happens when our choices and values conflict? How often are we attracted to something we also find unsettling? Do we buy it anyway, soothing our emptiness? Or do we leave it behind and walk away? 

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My photo-composite process is a continuation of the tradition that began with collage. Where once artists gathered all their materials from disparate sources and were limited by availability and physicality, 21st C. technology has lifted these restraints. By sourcing, scanning and photographing images I’m able to find or produce just the right ones to place next to each other, as juxtaposition forms the foundation of my process. By using software tools I color shift, erase backgrounds and compose as my vision is far too detailed for traditional collage methods. 

My artistic goal is to lure my audience with intricate beauty and then upon closer inspection, to assault with disquieting content. I often explore and critique the conditions, circumstances, and relations in which the various issues of social and economic justice, race, gender, and human rights manifest. My artistic practice examines how we might learn to navigate our discomforts and disillusionment as a way to understanding and perhaps transcending our hypocrisies and our blindness.

Using LightJet imaging technology harnesses my themes of illumination within a printing process. Three digitally controlled lasers simultaneously expose the photo-sensitive emulsion onto silver halide photo paper with red, green and blue laser lights. The way LightJet prints images is the way we see the world, in RGB and not CMYK. The exposed paper is then processed in traditional photographic chemistry which creates such a strong durable surface that framing without glass is feasible.

I’ve been printing on Endura Metallic paper, my 21st C. nod to Medieval gilding and the grace of heavenly wisdom. I find its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance catches the eye and gives depth to my themes of illumination and human self-reflection.