Leah Guadagnoli - Church Drawings

Leah Guadagnoli - Church Drawings

150.00

Church Drawing 1
2017
11 x 17 inches
vinyl and fabric on paper
$150

Church Drawing 2
2017
17 x 11 inches
vinyl and fabric on paper
$150

Bio:
Leah Guadagnoli lives and works in Brooklyn. She received her MFA in Visual Art from Rutgers University in 2014. She has had solo exhibitions at 247365 in New York and at Sadie Halie Projects in Minneapolis. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at White Columns, Harper’s Books, Asya Geisberg, Cuevas Tillard, Hero Beach Club, and Library Street Collective, among others. She has received support from the Lighthouse Works, Yaddo, and Vermont Studi. She is the founder of the Maple Terrace Artist Residency Program. Her work has been reviewed in New American Paintings, Art F City, Maake Magazine, The Brvtalist, Little Star Weekly, and by Maria Brito.

 

Artist Statement:
"My current practice consists of three-dimensional wall-based constructions that balance geometry, nostalgia, and architecture into unfamiliar forms. There are two extremes—monumental sculptures and intimate, small-scale works made from the inchoate remains from previous projects. Despite their opposing scales, these interconnected processes occupy the same visual language and equivalent impact.

My work breaks from the typical picture frame through its irregularity, plushness and depth. It is unique in its close relationship to the methods of furniture-making and encourages interaction. These larger works require extensive drawing and planning before executing the final constructions. From the carving and wrapping of the polyurethane foam, to the painting of carefully treated surfaces, to the sawing of the back supports made of aluminum panel, I am involved and in control of every step of the process. With the exception of a handful of works that include found fabric, I mostly design and digitally print patterns onto the fabric that I use in my work.

The conception of my smallest work is based on economy and efficiency. They are often direct descendants of the remaining bits and pieces of larger works. Unlike the larger more complex compositions of other projects this piece and others like it are restricted to the trimming, rearranging, and application of leftover materials from larger works. They may be bitty but still operate as an integral part of my creative vocabulary.  

At both scales, horizontal surfaces are displaced with vertical orientation as shapes collide with space. Pleasingly aligned positions are offset by patterns that I collect or reproduce—recalling the gaudy carpet, seating, and wallpapers found in interior spaces such as movie theaters, casinos, and waiting rooms from the 80’s and 90’s. Hints of Art Deco architecture design are also heavily considered. These often confounding motifs performed specific functions, whether in their ability to disguise accumulated stains and grime, confuse viewers in order to distract, or to facilitate a sense of nondescript, in-between, space.

My technique is a result of trial, error and intense observation. There is no sewing involved and I was never formally taught how to upholster—nor do I have any formal sculpture background. I travel to Los Angeles and Miami in search of structural elements I can incorporate. These designs and architecture inform my practice. Decades worth of this history are distilled into each piece I make. Visual components of the past, present, and future are combined and act as reminders of what we were and who we are and who we might become."

http://www.leahguadagnoli.com/

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