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LESLIE

BENDER

My paintings and drawings address the construct of the mind and how it interprets social experience. We are affected by reams of delusion we are only dimly aware exist. The thrall of the past subverts our objectivity, creating a seething, theatrical confluence of imaginings that beleaguer us and transmute our objectivity. By manipulating formal paint qualities, overlapping and interrupting representational imagery with density, layering, intensity, light and darkness, I create a visual tapestry that evokes the effect old emotional content and past illusions have on our current perceptions.

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2014      

Woodstock Artists Association Museum, Woodstock, NY “Passage”

 

2013      

Shahinian Fine Arts, Rhinebeck, NY

 

2012      

Miss Porters School, Farmington, CT

 

2010      

The Doghouse Gallery, Saugerties, NY

 

2008      

James Cox Gallery, Willow, NY

 

2000      

Coffey Gallery, Kingston, NY

 

1998      

R & F Encaustics, Kingston, NY

 

1997      

Ulster County Community College, Stone Ridge, NY

 

1991      

James Cox Gallery, Willow, NY

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

2013      

Ulster County Community College Stoneridge, NY “Cut & Paste”

 

2012      

Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon NY

Albert Shahinian Fine Arts, Rhinebeck, NY 2011

Masters on Main, “Earth Scrolls” Installation, Catskill, NY

 

2010    

Barrett Art Center Galleries, “Printwork ʼ10 Juried by Asher Miller, PhD., Metropolitan Museum of Art, Poughkeepsie,NY

 

2004      

Albert Shahinian Fine Arts, Poughkeepsie, NY

 

2000      

Lobby Galleries, Durst Organization, NY, NY

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Museum of Modern Art, Fairview Art Museum, Dutchess Community College, Fyns Grafiske Vaerksted, Woodstock Historical Society, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and numerous public and private collections.

Sinterkaas' Arrival, 2015, acrylic, pastel on canvas, 50 x 60 inches

Fall of the Empire, 2014, acrylic, charcoal on canvas, 40 x 60 inches