Triple Vision
to Aug 31

Triple Vision

Art at Leeds Gallery is pleased to announce

August 8th - Sept 1st, 2019 

Triple Vision - The journey of 3 local photographers: Nora Adelman, Anthony De Santis and Robert Berg

Nora Adelman’s  previous existence in New York City provided her an amazing wealth of inspiration and stimulation. International as well as national travel (most recently to Cuba, New Zealand, Spain, Morocco, Italy, New Mexico, Cape Cod) has always stimulated her eye. Since putting down roots in Athens over thirty years ago, the Hudson River Valley has expanded and inspired her choice of subjects. Nora also enjoys photographically capturing human beings in their natural habitat and takes every opportunity to do so. “Photography has always been an essential element in all aspects of my life. I have incorporated it into my political activities for world peace and social justice (Make Prints, Not War), my social life with my friends, capturing their celebrations, and in my work life in which I used photographs to help my students “see” themselves in a more positive light.”

Anthony DeSantis describes his work, Hudson Valley Of  The Dolls. “Out of necessity I began working with a lovely group of dolls - literal dolls - in order to give myself the time flexibility to be able to explore themes of isolation, longing, and desire for things that aren’t always available or in our best interest. Dolls don’t have schedules. I find myself at that point in life where I recognize the clock ticking on my own mortality. I am wrestling with both the larger and smaller questions of life. 

• How do I reconcile my place in the world? 

• What do I do with the time I have remaining? 

• What connections are real and which are my imagination? 

• How can I be as authentic as possible in my relationships with others and with myself? 

While contemplating these questions I also wanted to reflect the new area of the country where I have relocated - Upstate NY. It has also been clear to me for a long time that I do not default to photographing people. For me, photography is a solitary pursuit. 

Photographing dolls — both creepy and familiar — reflects a humanity. Odd as they may look, they were crafted by an artist or craftsman, revealing elements of that individual’s sensibility in the curve of a smile, the strange blush on a knee, or hairstyle, or half-lidded eyes. These are elements of someone else’s ideas of beauty, femininity, and humanity. Ideas that are likely out of step with today’s mores. Working with these dolls allows me spontaneity in my choice of venue and setting, while allowing me to subconsciously play out the themes above. The dolls aren’t self conscious. They don’t mind that they might be missing a limb, their hair might be in disarray, their clothing might be disheveled. Like them, I seek to care less about what is thought about me from the outside and follow ever more closely my own internal compass as I try to make the most of the time left to me.”

Robert Bergs many journeys to Myanmar (Burma) have given him fresh eyes in which to see the world. Spending many hours in search of food and markets, the country bubbles with stories.  Here he will share some of them.

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Fabric of Change
to Aug 18

Fabric of Change

July 25th - August 11th, 2019 

Fabric of Change - Chuu Wai Nyein

Myanmar (Burmese) artist Chuu Wai Nyein is inspired by the lives of women in Burma and the taboo around femininity. Her provocative images and portrayal of the female sexuality has proven quite controversial in her home country and opened up eyes and doorways abroad. 

Chuu Wai Nyein had a rare opportunity for a Burmese to go abroad and live in New York and Paris for some time. These journeys gave her a different perspective on the lives of women in her home country. Chuu's works show her disagreement over inequality, the unquestioning of the traditional division of roles and the image of a woman created by the media. 

Since 2015, Chuu Wai Nyein has worked on images that reflect her interest in women's identity and the way women from Burma react to social pressure. She sees her paintings as part of the accelerated evolution that is currently taking place in Burma.  She describes her work as both a reconquest of female identity and a send-up of the traditional idea of the Myanmar woman, who at the demands of men must be a portrait of modesty yet also quietly abide ogling, catcalling, groping – even rape.

Dual themes of constraint and liberty, Defiant yet calm, Restricted yet liberated all resonate within her works. The paintings are created against an awareness of the many ways society controls and scrutinizes women more than men, the ways that women resist, and the way that culture is evolving. She sees her paintings as part of that evolution.

After several solo shows in Myanmar she has recently shown in Paris, London and Poland.

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to Jul 21

Contrasts in Composition


Giselle Simons, Mehdi Ghafghazi, and Alan Rhody

 July  5th - 21st, 2019 (opening reception July 6, 5-8 pm)

Giselle Simons, a New York artist with a BFA in Photography from Cornell University, has most recently employed  horseshoe crab shells as her canvas, painting them with unique, colorful, intricate designs, ranging from tribal to psychedelic. “Though born and raised in the city I have always found the natural world intriguing in its visual imagery, materials, and forms -- and this is an integral part of my art. No horseshoe crabs have been harmed in the creation of these works of art!  All my shells have been found washed up on the beach at Davis Park, Fire Island, NY, their life force long gone.”

Iranian born Mehdi Ghafghazi studied polymer engineering and visual art. His work emcompasses various themes. His paintings on display are inspired by the masters of Persian calligraphy, revealing the conflict and bipolarity of our world. Other works employ all natural elements, “For instance, for Decomposition After Deterioration, I found out wood as the most illustrative tool to express my opinion. Like a human being who has been living someday and is nothing but a memory in memories, an element once  fluent in life becomes a dry, hard breathless inanimate bulk with memories of seasons.”

Alan Rhody's professional life has been spent working at the intersection of art and technology.  He is exhibiting an installation that showcases two of his longtime passions - stone sculpture and holography. Rhody primarily works at his stone studio, where he handcarves marble, alabaster, and soapstone artworks. In addition to this ancient craft, Rhody also works with modern laser technologies to create other 3D imagery. “Thirty years ago, I was fortunate to be enrolled at an art school in the San Francisco Bay area when the newly-emerging field of display holography was blossoming.  After a long hiatus, I recently resumed hologram production at Ohio State University Physics Dept as part of an artist residency program. My recent work integrates imagery sculpted in both stone and light.”

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