Employing a process of accumulation and excision I create drawings that probe my life and surroundings, embracing the subjectivity of my individual perspective. My drawings take multiple forms and encompass a broad range of themes, ranging from the explicitly political to the mundane and domestic. I am an observer, unearthing the beauty in the minutiae of everyday life.
I make drawings that are created from material that I collect over time. Incorporating photographs of family and friends, scraps of paper, found objects, wax, bird feathers, animal fur and ambiguous forms rendered in ink, watercolor and oil, my works on paper can be seen as an extension to my films, not only translating my impressionistic montage technique to another medium, but also repeating many of the same themes and images. Rarely composed in advance, the drawings like the films, are the result of an intuitive response to particular materials and images and their relation to lived experience.
Artist Bio / CV
Dani Leventhal b.1972 American
Dani Leventhal has screened her work at Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Gene Siskel Film Center, CineCycle and Anthology Film Archives. In 2003 she received an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 2009 an MFA in film/video from Bard College. This year she showed seven drawings and a video at PS1 MoMA in the Greater New York 2010 exhibition. In 2011 she will do a residency at The Wexner Center for the Arts. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.