Lesley Vance has a highly personal and contemporary approach to painting, revisiting traditional genre of the still life in the form of exquisite abstractions. Having reproduced compositions of natural forms that she creates in her studio, she then works the paint into intimate luminous shapes wet-on-wet, often against darkened backgrounds. Vance works in both oil on linen and watercolours and has said of her work: “I am constantly disguising and adding information, masking figuration, and opening and closing spaces in the canvas until the composition behaves in a way that challenges the paintings hanging on the wall next to it.” The paintings record the transformation process, the gestures and the materiality of the paint, allowing the memory of Vance’s intense engagement with the temporary fluid state to emerge.Read More
Solo exhibitions include the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, 2012, and Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, 2012. Group shows include Painter Painter at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, 2013. Lesley Vance’s work was presented in the Whitney Biennale, New York in 2010. She was first presented at Xavier Hufkens in a group show in 2011.
Lesley Vance was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, in 1977. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
Text courtesy Xavier Hufkens.
'We are drinking beer, right? Because I'm celebrating,' Lesley Vance says to me when I arrive at her house in the Laurel Canyon neighborhood of Los Angeles. It is a Sunday afternoon and she is relieved to have finished a body of work to send to her gallery. 'I didn't prepare a whole meal like Terry Winters did for you!' she laughs — a...
With no apparent fronts or backs, the forms in Lesley Vance’s paintings are slippery as Möbius strips. Edge becomes plane, plane dissolves. Broad ribbons fold over and peel away. Inner elides into outer, outer into inner. Bulges flatten, and flat planes swell. The impenetrable turns permeable before dissipating entirely.
Who are you? A painter living in Los Angeles who is happy to be from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. What's on your mind right now? Picabia. The Green Bay Packers football game on today. The empty studio I have waiting for me tomorrow morning because I just shipped my recent paintings last week. And thinking about starting this winter's first fire...
Laura Fried : Your compact compositions reveal suspended abstract forms, layered by series of densely pigmented veils of paint. And yet process seems to vanish behind the completed form... What are the character and conditions of the image in your painting? Lesley Vance : My paintings originate from still lives of natural forms composed in the...
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