Thursday, August 2:
5–6pm Informal Exhibition Walkthrough with Leeza Meksin and George Rush.
6–8pm Opening Reception.
Welcome Week Open House:
Tuesday, August 21, 6–8pm.
Former Department of Art visiting artist and senior lecturer Leeza Meksin presents work created within the past year and while at OSU. Meksin's stuffed and stretched spandex paintings reference both the body and cavernous landscapes. The grotesquely layered and embellished surfaces evoke hyper-fitted garments worn by entertainers, drag queens, fetishists and super heroes. The surfaces of the paintings appear to rise, deflate and undulate, creating friction between notions of hard and soft, masculine and feminine, public and private.
Meksin's practice is conceptually fueled by questions such as: How do clothes and patterns relate to painting? How do landscapes relate to our bodies? How does decoration relate to questions of gender and sexuality? In what ways do surface appearances of solidity and durability generate trust and respect on the part of the viewer? Through her process Meksin confronts issues of sustainability, consumerism and the artist's relationship to production and conservation. She is working towards an environmentally conscious reduction of artistic clutter created by material wastefulness and the commoditized preciosity of art. Meksin's installations, multiples, paintings and objects are byproducts of perpetual use, reuse, adaptation and organic recycling of what others may consider remnants, trash, or remainders: her own body of works serving as source and fodder of inspiration. As Meksin states, "I look at the waste and ask, "What could you become next?"'
Elizaveta (Leeza) Meksin is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who makes paintings, installations, public art and multiples. Born and raised in the Soviet Union, Leeza immigrated to the United States in 1989. She received a BA'99 in Comparative Literature and MA'00 in the Humanities, both from the University of Chicago; a BFA'05 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a MFA'07 in Painting from the Yale School of Art. Meksin, recipient of the Robert Schoelkopf Fellowship and the Soros Foundation Grant, has exhibited her work in numerous venues throughout the United States, and has been teaching at Tyler School of Art since 2007. This coming autumn, Meksin will be Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing at Dennison University in Granville, Ohio.
For more information about the artist, please visit our information page.