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Leslie Lyons

 

Leslie@leslielyons.com

Exhibitions, projects & publications

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/COMMISSIONS/SELECTIONS

2016

ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Munich – Official selection of ‘UNTITLED’; 3:00 color motion graphics film made in collaboration with artist, Jordan Caylor

21c Museum Hotel, Lexington, KY – Commission of 310 BRASS tiles from the Unwept Floors series; permanent installation

2015

RARE Gallery, New York, NY – Collateral Culture – collaborative tile installations with artist, JB Wilson; UNSWEPT FLOORS series/TABULA RASA series

21c Museum/Hotel, Durham, NC – Commission of 305 BANK tiles from the Unswept Floors series; permanent installation

2014

Swanson Contemporary, Louisville, KY – Female As Thunder – large-scale black and white pigment prints on paper produced and selected to illustrate the poem, Female As Thunder, by Jim Carroll

2011

Bumbershoot Music and Public Art Festival, Seattle, WA – Commission of EXPEDITION – public engagement video installation for three-day festival

2009

Art Directors Club, New York, NY – Instant Messaging: an analogue collection – 18 30″ x 40″ mounted, color portraits along with 75 original Polaroids generated from six public engagement productions in New York, Los Angeles, Austin, New Orleans and Louisville

IDEA Festival, Louisville, KY – Commission of Instant Messaging production – one day of portrait shooting with festival attendees

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015-2016

Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH – AFTER THE MOMENT: Reflections on Robert Mapplethorpe / THE MOTHERFUCKING FIRST AMENDMENT, 24” x 24” silver gelatin black and white fiber print. Exhibition includes work by Sally Mann, Joel-Peter Witkin, William Messer and others

2015

Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY – Respond / Production of Social Poetry work, POWER OF THE PEOPLE SAY, MAKE A MIRACLE PUMP THE LYRICAL

The Green Building Gallery, Louisville, KY – Female Icons and Identity / YOU; visual sound sculpture

2014

Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville, KY – PRESS: Artist and Machine / BANK, 64-tile installation from the Unswept Floors series. Exhibition includes work by William Blake, David Shapiro, Helen Frankenthaler and others

2013

Christian Hohmann Gallery, Palm Desert, CA – Season Opening Group Exhibition / BANK, tile installation from the Unswept Floors series

Converge Gallery, Williamsport, PA – Uprising / WHO CAN I BE NOW? series; five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie

Charles Krause Reporting/Fine Art, Washington, DC – A CALL TO ARMS: Art Targets Guns / HISTORY REPEATING; unique photography/text work

2012

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wilmington, DE – Young Country / IMPERIAL STATUES I and II, color sublimated images of singer-songwriter, Will Oldham. Exhibition includes work by Mel Chin, Andrea Stanislav, Joseph Girandola and others

Dacia Gallery, New York, NY – Algedonics / AFTER, SAINT and ANGEL from the Who Can I Be Now? series; five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie

Land of Tomorrow Gallery, Louisville, KY – Expanded Music Project / WHO CAN I BE NOW? series, five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie. Exhibition includes work by Geneva Jacuzzi, Band of Thieves, Andrea Stanislav and others

2011

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA – No Dead Artists (Juried Exhibition) / GIRDLE from the Who Can I Be Now? series, five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie

University of the Arts, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, Philadelphia, PA – Young Country IMPERIAL STATUES I and II, color sublimated images of singer-songwriter, Will Oldham

Land of Tomorrow Gallery, Louisville, KY – Summer Heat / MY LOVE, text message with image and poetry

2010

21c Museum, Louisville, KY – Creating Identity / INSTANT MESSAGING series; 18 30″ x 40″ color pigment prints on paper mounted, 75 Polaroids

PROJECTS/ART FAIRS

2016

Hyperallergic’s DECOLONIZE THIS FEED, Artists Space, New York, NY – Production of zine copies with text and images from POWER OF THE PEOPLE SAY, MAKE A MIRACLE PUMP THE LYRICAL Edition of 4

2015

RARE Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, New York, NY – Tile installation of FEAST from the Unswept Floors series

2014

RARE Gallery, SCOPE Art Fair, Miami, FL – 286-tile installation of BANK from the Unswept Floors series

Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation, Brooklyn, NY – Workshop installation and production of Social Poetry work, THESE ART FORMS MUST BE DEVELOPED, as a featured artist for the Second Sunday Art Intervention event

HUMANA Festival of New American Plays Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY – Production of Social Poetry work, THEY DIDN’T MUCH CARE FOR MONEY SO THEY BURIED IT IN THE GROUND, as part of the opening night festivities of the Festival

2013

DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY – Launched new portrait and verse ‘SOCIAL POETRY’ public engagement project with support of powerHouse Arena. Photographed and collaborated with 62 festival attendees for the creation of HURRY UP! MY HUSBAND WANTS TO SPANK ME

Fountain Art Fair, Armory Week, NY – Flush Group booth exhibition in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the The Armory Show of 1913 / BATHROOM FLOOR, 9’x6′ tile installation with color sublimated images

2012

Fountain Art Fair, Armory Week, New York, NY – Solo Booth / Time Traveling with Lyrical Hosts WHO CAN I BE NOW? series, five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie and STATE OF EMERGENCY series, five images inspired by the lyrics of Bjork

2011

POOL Independent Art Fair, Miami, FL – Featured artist / WHO CAN I BE NOW? series, five images inspired by the lyrics of David Bowie

2006

POOL Independent Art Fair, Miami, FL – INSTANT MESSAGING portrait series

PUBLICATIONS/MEDIA

2015

March, OBSERVER/Culture When in Rome: Rare Gallery Presents a Tile Work at Scope Inspired By Imperial Dinners, Alanna Martinez; preview featuring FEAST installation

2014

September, Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY Critic’s Pick, Power Femme, Elizabeth Kramer; review of FEMALE AS THUNDER solo exhibition at Swanson Contemporary

June, Clocktower Radio, Brooklyn, NY/International – Leslie Lyons Social Poetry, a self-generating artwork based on her social algorithm, David Weinstein; feature interview discussing Social Poetry project during Pioneer Works Second Sunday Art Intervention

June, Hyperallergic, How One Regional Craft Museum Is Expanding Its Horizons, Yasmeen Siddiqui; review featuring BANK installation

May, ONE WAY STREET, Scholar Richard Prouty’s blog on Aesthetics and Politics, A $100,000 Bill on the Floor: An Interview with Leslie Lyons, JB Wilson, and Joey Yates

2011

September – ArtDaily.com, The Annual “No Dead Artists” show opens at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, Eric Bookhardt; preview feature on GIRDLE from Who Can I Be Now series selected for the No Dead Artists juried exhibition

Spring, CLAM culture periodical, Paris, France; Artist profile on new self-portrait series, Time Traveling with Lyrical Hosts

2010

September, ONE WAY STREET, Scholar Richard Prouty’s blog on Aesthetics and Politics, Leslie Lyons and the Analogue Aesthetics

BOOKS

2001-2003 STRIP FLIPS, published by powerHouse books, four titles GEORGE, SUSAN, ANNA, LYLE. Color photographic flip books paying homage to the work of turn-of-the-century photographer, Edward Muybridge, and 1950’s pin up posters

2000 NERVE: The New Nude, published by Chronicle Books Collection includes work by Nan Goldin, Taryn Simon, Elinor Carucci and other visionary contemporary art photographers. Awarded the cover image plus four inside pages