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Leigh Anne Lester
updated: 09/02/2014
website: www.cactusbraspace.com/lal/index.htm
 
   
 
 
     
 
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art-medium
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Deviant Pollenation
Amalgamate Dispersion
Cultivated Divergence Installation shot
Cultivated Divergence 1.3 (detail)
Mutable Descendent
Elastic Ramifications
Oblique Inception
Naturalized Fiction
Cultivated Divergence- exterior view
Cultivated Divergence- interior view
Cultivated Divergence - detail
Mutant Generate
Infiltration - detail
Aspect Potential
A Large Turf (after Albrecht Durer) - installation shot
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, science, conceptual, organic, nature, historical, memory, landscape, collage, site-specific
 
 
Deviant Pollenation by Leigh Anne Lester
Deviant Pollenation
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2014
24 " x  29 "  x 1 " 
Amalgamate Dispersion by Leigh Anne Lester
Amalgamate Dispersion
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2014
39 " x  33 " 
Cultivated Divergence Installation shot by Leigh Anne Lester
Cultivated Divergence Installation shot
hand cut drafting film, paint colors for GMO corportations, light, shadow, magnets
2014
108 " x  160 "  x 1 " 
Cultivated Divergence 1.3 (detail) by Leigh Anne Lester
Cultivated Divergence 1.3 (detail)
hand cut drafting film, paint colors for GMO corportations, light, s
2009
108 " x  160 "  x 3 " 
Mutable Descendent by Leigh Anne Lester
Mutable Descendent
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2014
22 " x  29 "  x 1 " 
Elastic Ramifications by Leigh Anne Lester
Elastic Ramifications
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2014
25 " x  21 "  x 1 " 
Oblique Inception by Leigh Anne Lester
Oblique Inception
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2013
23 " x  19 " 
Naturalized Fiction by Leigh Anne Lester
Naturalized Fiction
graphite and color pencil on drafting film
2014
27.5 " x  25.5 " 
Cultivated Divergence- exterior view by Leigh Anne Lester
Cultivated Divergence- exterior view
hand cut drafting film, plexi-glass, hand cut vinyl adhesive, light, shadow, magnets
2013
180 " x  384 "  x 96 " 
Cultivated Divergence- interior view by Leigh Anne Lester
Cultivated Divergence- interior view
hand cut drafting film, plexi-glass, hand cut vinyl adhesive, light, shadow, magnets
2013
180 " x  384 "  x 96 " 
Cultivated Divergence - detail by Leigh Anne Lester
Cultivated Divergence - detail
hand cut drafting film, plexi-glass, magnets, hand cut vinyl adhesive, light and shadow
2013
180 " x  384 "  x 96 " 
Mutant Generate by Leigh Anne Lester
Mutant Generate
Graphite and Color Pencil on Two layers of Mylar
2013
35 " x  43 " 
Infiltration - detail by Leigh Anne Lester
Infiltration - detail
hand cut drafting film interjected into sight specific found wallpaper
2011
144 " x  96 "  x 48 " 
Aspect Potential by Leigh Anne Lester
Aspect Potential
color pencil on drafting film
2012
12 " x  12 " 
A Large Turf (after Albrecht Durer) - installation shot by Leigh Anne Lester
A Large Turf (after Albrecht Durer) - installation shot
Hand sewn clear plastic vinyl, plexi glass, silk thread, invisible thread, wire, light, shadow
2014
58 " x  36 "  x 48 " 

Artist Statement

My work addresses the place between the genesis of genetic modification and its possible aftereffects. Genetic modification offers humans the resources and means to change the composition of species from the microscopic level to the macroscopic system; to change the composition of a species by deleting or adding an attribute to suit our own desires. But, what is disposable? Too often we don’t have a clear view of what the ramifications will be for a plant that has been altered or the species that depend upon it for survival. The new outcome of this potentiality can capsize a natural balance or create a new species for that balance. This possibility is as exciting as it is frightening. There is beauty in the unknown. Beauty is an important tool in my work to lure and entice the viewer. Through the natural appeal of the plants, the graceful line of the drawings, the luminosity of the vinyl, the viewer is asked to consider the paradox that beauty is really a balance of order/control with abandon/uncertainty. In my drawings, I utilize historical botanicals on layers of semi-transparent drafting film with a botanical drawn on each layer. The transparency of the drafting film allows the line of each image to optically blend with the next layer, generating a flux between the different components of each of the individual plants. Elements of each of the species mix and tangle their visual attributes intermingling disparate species of flora much like a palimpsest with divergent layers and characteristics perceptible beneath the surface. I am currently sourcing from these drawings, seeing them as parent plants that create future generations. The genesis plants are put through a program that distills the imagery into color cells that vaguely reference the former plant images. These floating cells are then intermingled visually with a graphite drawing of a separate distorted color drained offspring plant, implying a cellular, morphological struggle for resolution.   With this new “Frankenstein “ flora I bring into play a sense of the possible, whether good or bad. I want viewers to think of it as a premonition of the consequences of genetic modification.

Artist Bio / CV

LEIGH ANNE LESTER

  SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014    Venomous Cabbage and other demands satisfied, grayDUCK Gallery, Austin, TX
2013    Cultivated Divergence, Artpace, San Antonio, TX
2012    Seed Pod, Site-specific/temporary land art on San Antonio River sponsored by San Antonio River Foundation, San Antonio, TX

2011    Beautiful Freaks/Nature’s Bastards, Houston Art Alliance, Houston, TX
            2010    Beautiful Freaks/Nature’s Bastards, Southwest Center for the Art and Craft, San Antonio, TX

2009      Intelligent Design?, Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX

2006    Artificial Arrangement, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX

Artificial Arrangement, Lawndale Arts Center, Houston, TX

Untitled, McNay Museum, San Antonio, TX

2005    Family Portraits, International Museum of Surgical Science, Chicago, Il

Artificial Arrangement, Sala Diaz, San Antonio, TX

2001    ROCK, New Works Space, MAC, Dallas, TX

AWARDS:

Hunting Art Prize Winner, 2011

Artist Foundation of San Antonio, 2007 Award Winner, Visual Arts

 

 

RESIDENCY:

Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, Wyoming, Sept. 1998

 

 

PUBLICATIONS:

Venomous Cabbage and other demands satisfied, Glasstire, Seth Orion Schwaiger, May 31, 2014

Color Pollination: Leigh Anne Lester at grayDUCK Gallery, New American Painting,
Brian Fee, May 16, 2014
In with the new! Recent gifts on paper, Artes Magazine, Deborah Anne Krieger, May 1, 2014

Review: Cultivated Divergence by Leigh Anne Lester, Art Magazine SA,
Haydee Munoz de la Rocha, January 2013

Artist is growing mutants in Artpace windows, San Antonio Express News, Steve Bennett, February 23, 2013

Escena San Antonio: Leigh Anne Lester rocks on, Cruz Ortiz as auteur, a visit from Houston curators, Glasstire, June 17, 2011

Rock, Paper, Carbon, Austin Chronicle, June 10, 2011, Wayne Allen Brenner

Interview: Leigh Anne Lester, might be good, Issue # 170, May 27, 2011, The Tangible and the Ethereal, Wendy Atwell

Exquisite art leaves you wondering, San Antonio Express News, Elda Silva, January 16, 2011