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Leif Low-beer
updated: 04/30/2010
website: www.leiflow-beer.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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He was suspicious, but once again his massive intellect leaves him in a state of inaction.
Plastic-free lunchtime seduction (he was afraid of strippers).
(right to left Japanese style) / drunk and unruly he humiliates himself (opening), the incident (been building up to this), he is willing to fight for her (near the end).
from Latin perversus.
Bruceploitation is a portmanteau of the name Bruce and “exploitation”.
It looked really very expensive (I wish I could wear it at my wedding).
Obvious superior intellect, strong family values and pragmatism.
minimal preparation by the consumer
Normally rhymes but can be free verse (shut up shut up shut up).
The “calm before the storm” isn’t a new concept by any means.
Wild meat.
Strayed into a powerful but corrupted path that took control over his life.
Installation (hand-written diagram with notation was provided in lieu of titles). Untitled.
Attempts to explain the passage of time — that is, the idea that is present, will be past and was future.
Very proud, practically lustful (hormones are tough to handle).
 
Portfolio Keywords:  collage, narrative, abstract, figurative, gestural, process
 
 
He was suspicious, but once again his massive intellect leaves him in a state of inaction. by Leif Low-beer
He was suspicious, but once again his massive intellect leaves him in a state of inaction.
Mixed media on paper.
2010
39" x  62" 
Plastic-free lunchtime seduction (he was afraid of strippers). by Leif Low-beer
Plastic-free lunchtime seduction (he was afraid of strippers).
Mixed media on paper.
2010
27" x  42" 
(right to left Japanese style) / drunk and unruly he humiliates himself (opening), the incident (been building up to this), he is willing to fight for her (near the end). by Leif Low-beer
(right to left Japanese style) / drunk and unruly he humiliates himself (opening), the incident (been building up to this), he is willing to fight for her (near the end).
Mixed media on paper.
2010
30" x  39" 
from Latin perversus. by Leif Low-beer
from Latin perversus.
Mixed media on paper.
2010
29" x  25" 
Bruceploitation is a portmanteau of the name Bruce and “exploitation”. by Leif Low-beer
Bruceploitation is a portmanteau of the name Bruce and “exploitation”.
Mixed media on paper.
2010
32 " x  42 " 
It looked really very expensive (I wish I could wear it at my wedding). by Leif Low-beer
It looked really very expensive (I wish I could wear it at my wedding).
Mixed media on paper.
2010
15" x  22" 
Obvious superior intellect, strong family values and pragmatism. by Leif Low-beer
Obvious superior intellect, strong family values and pragmatism.
Mixed media on paper.
2009
25" x  35" 
minimal preparation by the consumer by Leif Low-beer
minimal preparation by the consumer
Mixed media on paper.
2009
36" x  29" 
Normally rhymes but can be free verse (shut up shut up shut up). by Leif Low-beer
Normally rhymes but can be free verse (shut up shut up shut up).
Mixed media on paper.
2009
15" x  22" 
The “calm before the storm” isn’t a new concept by any means. by Leif Low-beer
The “calm before the storm” isn’t a new concept by any means.
Mixed media on paper.
2009
44" x  30" 
Wild meat. by Leif Low-beer
Wild meat.
Mixed media on paper.
2009
15" x  22" 
Strayed into a powerful but corrupted path that took control over his life. by Leif Low-beer
Strayed into a powerful but corrupted path that took control over his life.
Mixed media on paper.
2009
38" x  32" 
Installation (hand-written diagram with notation was provided in lieu of titles). Untitled. by Leif Low-beer
Installation (hand-written diagram with notation was provided in lieu of titles). Untitled.
Mixed media on paper / Installation
2009
75" x  44" 
Attempts to explain the passage of time — that is, the idea that is present, will be past and was future. by Leif Low-beer
Attempts to explain the passage of time — that is, the idea that is present, will be past and was future.
Mixed media on paper.
2009
30" x  22" 
Very proud, practically lustful (hormones are tough to handle). by Leif Low-beer
Very proud, practically lustful (hormones are tough to handle).
Mixed media on paper.
2009
15" x  22" 

Artist Statement

In a sculpture park, people look at art, art looks at people and people look at one another. Like a Saul Steinberg dinner party, in which each individual is defined by the nature of the rendering, a sculpture park is a gathering of distinct personalities. I approach my work both literally and metaphorically as a gathering place—a place where a collection of languages and gestures come together, where I can explore the relationships among a variety of objects on the page.

 

The lightness and spontaneity of drawing makes it a good medium for such an exploration. The white of the paper creates breathing space, a place for a crowd of thoughts and marks to hang out. In these spaces, eyes play between light and dark, foreground and background, people and objects. Much remains ambiguous, allowing the viewer to bring his or her own experience to the work, an experience that will hopefully evolve and expand over time. There is something rich about a sculpture park that is suggested–imagined but never realized.

 

In sculpture parks, viewers and art interact in space, creating surprising collaborations that go beyond any single or preconceived vision. In my work, I try to foster such accidental encounters, and my process is in part an attempt to collaborate with myself. By placing different works together and working on multiple pieces over long periods of time, I stay spontaneous. New ideas meet old interests, heavy paint meets light pencil, abstract meets pictorial. Momentary flashes of inspiration come together, creating the exciting possibility of telling a story I did not know I knew.

 

I have come to embrace the liberating effects of “do” rather than “think”–to regard drawing as process and play, a mode of visual contemplation. The immediacy of drawing allows for this exploration in a way that is not possible in other media. By using the decisive mark of the hand to access moments of spontaneity and clarity, my drawings encourage the viewer to transcend idea towards experience.

Artist Bio / CV

Born in Pennsylvania

Grew up in Toronto, Canada

Lives and works in Brooklyn  

Education  

2003   School of Visual Arts / Design and Visual Arts

1999   University of Guelph / Philosophy and Visual Arts  

Selected Exhibitions  

2010   Group show, Cinders Gallery, NYC

2009   Solo show, Wild Project, NYC

2008  Group show, Secret Project Robot, NYC

2008   Two person show, Invisible NYC, NYC  

2007   Group show, OKOK Gallery, Seattle

2007   Group show, Maria Wood Gallery, Atlanta

2007   Four person show, Sputnik, Brooklyn

2007   Group show, Umber Studios, Minneapolis

2007   Group show, BLK/MRKT Gallery, Los Angeles  

2006   Group show, Renowned Gallery, Portland, OR

2005   Piece Included in MOMA’s book collection

2005   Group show, Track 16 Gallery, Los Angeles

2005   Group show, AG Gallery, NYC 2004   Group show, Fluxfactory, NYC

2002   Print installation, Visual Arts Gallery, NYC

2001   Solo exhibition, Zavitz Gallery, Ontario    

Honors  

2007   Art Directors Club, “Young Gun” Award (for emerging talent in visual communication)

2006   Emerging Talent, STEP Inside Design

2000   University of Guelph Artist’s Residency, Jaipur, India

Selected Press and Publications 2004-2009  

The New York Times, The Walrus Magazine, Graphis, Arktip, BlackBook, J&L Publishing, McSweeney’s, The Drama, Broken Wrist Project, Stop Smiling Magazine and others.