Press Release (pdf)
Mar 24, 2017 – Apr 30, 2017
A Solo Exhibition of New Works by Rebecca Leveille
In Collaboration with R.Michelson Galleries
"Crush” is a rich investigation into how the artist falls in love with a subject. In Leveille’s work, the notion of a “crush” takes on multiple and interconnected meanings: the deeply personal feeling of intimacy with, but also being overwhelmed by, the artistic subject. Her painting expands on these themes by negotiating the in uence of a number of artists such as Jim Shaw,Alice Neel,Walter Robinson, and Gerda Wegener.This notion of intimacy is further explored by the equal power she invests in symbolic, personal, and pop cultural images, bringing into question the viewer’s relationship with emotion and artistic subject matter. Her uses of pattern bring complex cultural associations of domesticity and colonial exoticism while also intimating the duality that occurs within the same memory or relationship.