Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery celebrates 10 years at 78th Street Studios with Cinema 04 and Judith Brandon’s Turbulent Territory
September 20th, 2013 – November 9th, 2013
A house is borne away by a tornado, a knight plays chess with Death, a B-52 bomber pilot rides a nuclear bomb like a bucking bronco; these captured moments have a distinctive means of imprinting themselves upon our memories, catching in our filters and germinating. An artist’s mind often acts as a lens, refocusing and projecting these elements into new creations, or new translations embedded with the power of their cinematic progenitors.
Last year we continued our ongoing series of exhibitions designed around cinema as a translated medium. The exhibition, Cinema 03, surpassed our expectations in terms of quality and diversity of the submissions. It was exciting to see how various artists incorporated cinema into their work, whether referencing specific films, genres or the cinematic process itself. After the final selections were made, the exhibition consisted of work by 18 artists from 12 cities in 4 countries* and was very well received by the thousands who viewed the work in the gallery and online.
*Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA; Greenport, NY; Baltimore, MD; Black Mountain, NC; Grand Rapids, MI; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; London, UK; Melbourne, Australia; Bauru, Brazil
November 15, 2013 – January 11, 2014
Judith Brandon’s mastery of drawing is evident in every piece she creates, but it is the way in which she uses that mastery to forge a link between herself and the viewer that makes her work so exceptional. Her work has a sense of mystery and a powerful gravity, a subtle but irresistible pull that draws the viewer in and gives one a sense of being a privileged witness to epic moments in flux.
Ms. Brandon has tapped into something both primal and mystical, as though she has submerged herself in the collective subconscious of our dreams. Her compositions not only draw the viewer in, but also make the viewer feel transported to a higher plane of emotional and sensory experience, giving earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and tornados a feeling of transcendence.
What is most impressive about Ms. Brandon’s work is not that she has created a single piece that evokes so much for the viewer, or even that she occasionally does so, it is that she consistently creates powerful works of art that engage the viewer and elevate that engagement to a sense of communion with the artist–and in that communion, she seems to show us forgotten scenes from our most powerful and secret dreams.
Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery
1305 West 80th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44102