Leslie Hewitt: Still Life

framed work leaning against a wall

Leslie Hewitt, Sudden Glare of the Sun (2012), installation view of a selection from the Blue Skies, Warm Sunlight Series. photo / David Johnson

New York City–based Leslie Hewitt often works in the space between photography and sculpture. She combines still-life compositions made up of political, social, and personal materials and often presents them in sturdy wooden frames to add structure to the presentation. From that point, Hewitt says, "Mundane objects and structures open into complex systems of knowledge." This perceptual slippage is what attracts Hewitt to both "the illusions of film (still and moving photography) and the undeniable presence of physical objects (sculpture)."

Hewitt studied at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, the Yale University School of Art, and at New York University, where she was a Clark Fellow in the Africana and Visual Culture Studies programs. She was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial and the recipient of the 2008 Art Matters research grant to the Netherlands. A selection of recent and forthcoming exhibitions include MoMA; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Artists Space in Manhattan; Project Row Houses in Houston; and LA><ART in Los Angeles. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University; and the American Academy in Berlin amongst others. Hewitt is the 2014 Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fellow awarded by United States Artists.

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