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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Lesley Vance

b. 1935, USA

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.

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.

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Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2017 Oil on linen
78.7 x 61 x 1.9 cm
David Kordansky Gallery
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled Oil on linen
36.5 x 30 cm
Xavier Hufkens
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2018 Oil on linen
78.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Herald St
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2018 Oil on linen
78.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Herald St
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2018 Oil on linen
78.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Herald St
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2017 Oil on linen
58.8 x 48.3 x 2.5 cm
Herald St
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2016 Oil on linen
78.7 x 61 x 2.5 cm
Herald St
Untitled by Lesley Vance contemporary artwork Lesley VanceUntitled, 2015 Oil on linen
58.5 x 48.3 x 2.5 cm
Herald St

Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Lesley Vance, Lesley Vance at Herald St, London
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2 June–8 July 2018 Lesley Vance Lesley Vance Herald St, Museum St, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Lesley Vance, Lesley Vance at Herald St, London
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2 June–8 July 2018 Lesley Vance Lesley Vance Herald St, Herald St, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Lesley Vance, Lesley Vance at Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
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27 October–16 December 2017 Lesley Vance Lesley Vance Xavier Hufkens, 6 rue St-Georges, Brussels

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Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Lesley Vance Related Press Beer with a Painter, LA Edition: Lesley Vance Hyperallergic : 26 September 2017

'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...

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Lesley Vance Related Press Lesley Vance Art in America : 4 February 2014

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.

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Inside the mind of Lesley Vance Related Press Inside the mind of Lesley Vance Phaidon : 22 November 2011

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 in the...

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Lesley Vance Related Press Lesley Vance Flash Art : 1 May 2010

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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