A Journey Towards the Freedom of Immediacy on view from January 12 to March 12
PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism invite visitors to the Gallery at City Hall to view the newest installation: Faces and Characters by Vera Leon (a journey towards the freedom of immediacy). The exhibition features two-dimensional portraiture composed using a variety of media. The exhibition is on view weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm, January 12, 2018 to March 12, 2018.
An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on the second floor of Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
Painter and illustrator Vera Leon calls her recent work, “imaginary creatures asking to be born.” Presented at the Gallery in City Hall in a way that traces the development of her studio practice, these faces and characters have become more expressive over time as Leon’s creative process has become more intuitive.
“In the dialectical struggle between undefined form and empty space, I find images using a method of scribbling which allows me to discover order and meaning in chaos. I see something that intrigues me, I connect to it emotionally and intellectually, and then I give myself the freedom to go either in the direction of figuration or abstraction. This approach leads to the intentional ambiguity in my work, which offers many different interpretations,” Leon stated.
About the Artist:
Vera Leon is a Providence-based artist who was born in Yugoslavia. She graduated from the Academy of Applied Arts with degrees in painting and costume design, pursuing a career in apparel design before moving to the United States, where she earned an MFA in drawing at the University of North Dakota. Although her approaches to art-making are constantly changing, her passion for the human form remains.
About the Gallery at City Hall: Offering space to artists and organizations that might not have a permanent gallery, the Gallery at City Hall exhibits an eclectic array of work that highlights the artistic and cultural diversity found in the Providence community. The Gallery is open to the public during City Hall business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm and is located at 25 Dorrance Street | 2nd Floor | Providence, RI 02903. For more information, please visit http://artculturetourism.com/main-gallery
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