Leslie Nemour: The Variety Show
- February 19 through March 19
- 8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday
- Thursday, February 19 from 11:30am to 2:30pm. The artist will speak between 11:30 and 12:30.
"The premise for these paintings identifies the television as the most common framing device for contemporary two-dimensional images. The series began in 2005 with an exhibition entitled “Television Portraits” followed by an expanded version, “RUTV”, in 2008. Variety Show represents a selection from the continuing evolution of this obsession.
A vocabulary of icons and scenarios in the painting are reflective of the bombardment of multiple and eclectic combinations of imagery that make up the background of our lives. An uneasy sense of familiarity permeates the work, often with disregard for concrete narrative and recollection.
I am interested in the transition and translation from real life action, to film, to television, to digital photography, to drawing and then to painting; electronic media moving in a de-evolutionary pattern into the traditional medium of oil on canvas.
Concurrently the work serves as an outer body autobiography as my choices become about personal history and a visual attraction to perpetual action and the almost invisible overlap from frame to frame.
Disjointed movements, blurred boundaries, images between images, and other distortions lend itself to the indecisive beauty of the brushstroke and unsettled color. Reflected elements from domestic interiors such as a lamp or curtained windows, brings my physical space into a boxing ring, a beauty pageant, or a “Reality” hair styling competition. For me, it is like falling asleep with the television on and not being able to differentiate between the dimension of sleep and the world of television."Leslie Nemour
Images from the Exhibition
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