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20101206185307-hybrid_1
Hybrid #1, 2010 Oil on Canvas 36" X 36" © Courtesy of the artist & Lesley Heller Workspace
Bushwick Paintings

54 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
January 12th, 2011 - February 20th, 2011

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.lesleyheller.com
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
east village/lower east side
PHONE:  
212-410-6120
OPEN HOURS:  
Wed-Sat 11-6; Sun 12-6

DESCRIPTION

I am interested in how we interact with the natural world.  My most recent work depicts ambiguous encounters between animals and humans that result from the collision of the natural world with our technological conquest of it.  The paintings have a humorous, ironic cast, but are also disturbing.

In my paintings, contemporary events provide the tableau for specific animal encounters that I imagine.  I get my ideas from firsthand experience and the media.  I collect images of ecological subjects from newspapers, books, and magazines, and place them in contexts that I think are provocative, poignant, and ambiguous.

I see myself in the tradition of American landscape painting.  My work references Frederic Remington and Winslow Homer in particular.  From my contemporary vantage point, I like using the vocabulary of late 19th and early 20th century painting—with its flat, sensuous paint application--to tell a disturbing story.