CATALOGUE RELEASE & CONVERSATION
Leeza Meksin & Benjamin Sutton
Sunday, March 26tH, 2017 5:00-7:00pm
Please join us for a catalogue release and conversation with artist Leeza Meksin and art critic Benjamin Sutton, in conjunction with her exhibition / site-specific installation Purse Strings and Body Bags. The exhibition has been extended until April 2nd.
Leeza Meksin gives gray inanimates the chance to become charismatic drag performers, exploding static categories into brilliant shards. A humdrum building gussies itself up in colorful spandex; a gloomy basement room turns into a psychedelic cave oozing sexual innuendo; a sculpture is disguised as a collage disguised as a painting. Genders, mediums, structures, patterns, textures collide and burst into something new. Soft mesh becomes a rigid barrier; a roll of tulle is a man’s fat lip. –Sophie Pinkham
LEEZA MEKSIN is a New-York based interdisciplinary artist. Born in the former Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. Meksin has created site-specific installations at The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (2016), The Kitchen, NYC (2015), BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn (2015), Brandeis University, Waltham (2014), and in a National Endowment for the Arts funded project at Artspace, New Haven, CT (2012). Meksin’s work has been featured in BOMB magazine, TimeOut Chicago and Chicago Tribune, among others. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery in Brooklyn, NY, founded in 2013. Meksin has been teaching at Columbia University School of the Arts since 2015.
BENJAMIN SUTTON is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Brooklyn. His articles on public art, artist documentaries, the tedium of art fairs, and other divisive issues have appeared on Hyperallergic (where he is the news editor) as well as in The L Magazine, Modern Painters, Art+Auction, artnet News, BKLYNR, and Brooklyn Magazine. He has curated exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop, Field Projects, the Spring Break Art Show, and the Gowanus Loft.
Image detail: Leeza Meksin, Purse Strings and Body Bags, Site-Specific installation at MILLER, 2017. Photo credit: Kirsten Kilponen