3.31.14 “Body Language,” Albany International Airport Gallery

airport show wall from distance

(pic above: by K. Kanarek)

Body Language

Group exhibition
Albany International Airport Gallery
April 5- September 7, 2014
Public Reception: Friday, April 11, 2014, 5:30-7:30 PM

Showing new drawings on paper, and a wall-sized site-specific vinyl graphic drawing on glass

Curator’s Statement:

Without saying a word, we speak to one another through gesture, gaze and composure. Interpreting the nuances of this language requires intuition and a certain degree of empathy for those around us. perhaps more than any other subject matter in art, the body invites associations with our own sense of self, as well as our notions of other. In this exhibition, the human form becomes a source of allegory, personal narrative, cultural sensibiltiy and transformation.

In contrast to the tradition of aiming for at faithful likeness, the artists assembled here present subjects that are not at once who they seem. Features are intentionally distorted or hybridized; environments and events are laced with incongruities and inversions. We are prompted to consider – as these figures do – how our individual story, with its reflections on the past and aspirations for the future, fits within a collective human identity.

Artists: Darcie Abbatiello, Melanie Baker, Leona Christie, Brian Cirmo, Sean Hovendick, Sergei Isupov, Paul Miyamoto, Robert & Shana Parke Harrison, Amy Podmore, Lin Price

02.06.13 Write-up of “So to Speak” in Albany Times-Union

“‘So to Speak’ examines artistic power of language” by Amy Griffin, Albany Times-Union, Feb 6, 2013

From article:

“In her book, Leona Christie notes that Gavin read (and reread) the biography of Scarry who, as a child, made lists in the form of drawings. What Gavin does is an inversion of this — processing images into words and, by presenting them on a large scale, his sister-collaborator effectively makes images of his words.”

12.29.12 “So to Speak” group show curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman, opens Jan 25th, 2013

"BWBE: Changes to Work Machines"  2012, Archival Inkjet Print, 55" x 44" (detail)

“BWBE: Changes to Work Machines” 2012, Archival Inkjet Print, 55″ x 44″ (detail)

Gavin Christie still remembers the exact day, August 23, 1981, when he first saw the second edition of the Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (BWBE).  He was at a bookstore in suburban Detroit, and ever since then, Gavin has been regularly recording all the changes and differences between the first edition (1963), which he memorized as a small child in the early 1970’s, and the second (current) edition (1980).  Gavin types or hand-writes these changes every few weeks, even though the changes never change.

His practice of noticing and re-noticing is like a form of meditation. In “BWBE: Changes,”  I’m presenting a series of large-scale trompe l’oeil facsimiles of Gavin Christie’s recent “Richard Scarry projects,” in which he observes subtle differences, such as: “the female bear construction / worker that drives a roller / now has a bow ribbon on her head.”

from the press release:

So to Speak, curated by Emily Berçir Zimmerman, will include the work of artists Leona Christie, Hollis Frampton, Melinda McDaniel, Fernando Orellana, Paula Gaetano Adi and Klub Zwei.

The Arts Center of the Capital Region, 265 River Street, Troy, NY
January 25 – March 29, 2013
Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-9 PM at TNO
Lecture with Johannes Goebel: March 21, 7:00 pm

An exhibition devoted to the reiteration of images in words, in which friction emerges in the process of translation, through a jarring of verbal and visual accounts.  So to Speak calls into question the pervasiveness of the still and moving photographic image within our culture’s visual regime, and the dominance of visual media within today’s cultural production. In this exhibition, words will act as a prosthetic extension for the image, saying those things that the image cannot say                                                       emily berçir zimmerman

08.01.12 “Summer All Present” curated by Kara Jefts


Summer All Present, curated by Kara Jefts.

Works by Leona Christie, Caitlin Foley, Fernando Orellana, Hiramstu Tsuneaki and Misha Wolf.

Aug. 31 – Sept. 21, 2012

Artist statement:  Circe, in Greek myth, had the capacity to turn men into beasts, by disabling their free will through her seductive song. In an endless summer, pleasure becomes a burden, a wheel to which one is yoked to a spinning carousel by one’s desires. In this set of drawings and paintings, I drew and distorted amusement park elephants, natural forms, and cartoon goddesses in order to create a landscape of metaphor and metamorphosis.

Collar Works Gallery, 444 River St., 3rd Floor, Troy, New York