An exhibit by Leslie Lew of Chappaqua, "The Way We Were," will be shown at the Esther Raushenbush Library Gallery at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers November 3-30. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
"The Way We Were" will mark Lew's thirteenth solo show of sculpted oils during a painting career that has spanned nearly twenty years. The exhibit will include approximately thirty pieces reflecting cherished memories of growing up in America and images of American culture. Through her imagery—ranging from Dick, Jane and Sally early reader scenes, children's portraits and comic imagery—Lew has captured the innocence of the past, along with conveying optimism for the future.
Lew says of the exhibit: "Whether depicting everyday life, or heroic icons, all reflect the diverse range of images that color modern day America. I consider them a bit of history—a memory of past experiences. The work has taken on more of a relevance during these troubled times. It reminds us of what America has been in the past, in the present and, hopefully, what it can be in the future."
With her "sculpted oil" technique, Lew painstakingly transfers pop icons from their familiar and prosaic two-dimensional habitat in early reader and comic books and television into a fresh new three-dimensional world. Some of the pieces in the show are 2 to 3 inches thick, a characteristic that creates the effect of her work coming, literally and figuratively, off the wall.
A forerunner of the 1980's East Village New York neo-pop scene, Leslie Lew is a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her Bachelor degree and Masters of Fine Arts in 1978 and 1982, respectively. Since then, her artwork has been exhibited across the United States, including recent appearances in the Kravets/Wehby Gallery, Marguiles/Taplin Gallery, OK Harris Gallery in New York, and Hamilton Gallery in Los Angeles.
Exhibit hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, please call (914) 395-2470