Leeza Meksin: Painting, Gender, Architecture

Two fabric tents, one pink and gold the other red and gold on grass surrounded by trees and a house in background.

Turret Tops (2019-2020), neoprene, spandex, ribbon, thread, concrete and galvanized steel, 240" x 246" each. DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Leeza Meksin is a New York–based interdisciplinary artist working in painting, installation, textiles, public art, and multiples. Her work investigates (the often false) binaries of hard/soft, male/female, public/private, and highlights parallels between conventions of painting, architecture and our bodies. Meksin has created site-specific installations for Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn (2018-19); National Academy of Design, New York City (2018); Lenfest Center for the Arts, NYC (2017); Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in Salt Lake City (2016); The Kitchen, New York City (2015); BRIC Media Arts, Brooklyn (2015); Brandeis University (2014); and in a National Endowment for the Arts funded project in New Haven, Connecticut, for Artspace (2012). She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist grant (2015), and in 2013 cofounded Ortega y Gasset Projects, an artist-run gallery and curatorial collective in Brooklyn, that she continues to codirect with a handful of artist-collaborators. Meksin's work has been featured in BombThe New York TimesChicago TribuneThe Village Voice, and many other publications.  She has been awarded artist residencies at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas (2019), and The Banff Centre for Art and Creativity in Canada (2017), among others. Meksin has been teaching at Columbia University School of the Arts since 2015. Currently, her large scale installation Turret Tops is on view through August 2020 at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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