January 9 – February 22, 2014
Reception for the Artist:
Thursday, January 9
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Gallery Talk & Book Signing:
Saturday, January 18
2:00 – 4:00 pm
The sense of stability and balance in Naomi Leshem's work is achieved only after great challenge. In the 10 large-scale images that comprise the exhibition Centered solitary figures negotiate the landscape and find themselves in harmony with the natural world in an instant of surrender. The images selected for exhibition feature men and women in equal measure: 5 of each are shown in the vistas presented. While a sense of calm and ease infuses the work there also exists an unspoken tension. All of the subjects were challenged to find their position in a landscape. Issues of gender stereotypes, the role of the individual in societal context, and the relevance of a physical place to one's identity are all engaged in Centered.
Leshem has traveled the world asking strangers for personal impressions of her images. Responses gathered are recorded by the interviewees own hand and in their own language. These reflections act as commentary text, which further stir the abstract mystery at the base of these works.
This exhibition marks Leshem's second solo show with the gallery. Naomi Leshem was born in 1963, and lives and works in Kiryat Ono, near Tel Aviv. She graduated with a degree in photography from Hadassah College in Jerusalem. She is a recipient of the Constantiner Photography Award for an Israeli Artist from the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and has exhibited her works throughout Europe, Israel, and the United States. Her photographs are in the collections of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; the Norton Museum of Art, Florida; the Shpilman Institute for photography; along with many notable private collections.
Learn more about this exhibition at Andrea Meislin Gallery