Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew (shown center) attends the “Keeping Time” exhibition’s opening reception at Albany International Airport on April 8, 2011.
ALBANY, NY — Park West Gallery artist Leslie Lew is among seven artists selected to show their works in a prestigious new exhibition.
In Keeping Time, now on view at Albany International Airport, “Artists navigate the collective and individual mythology of nostalgia with an eye for its humorous, deceptive and often bittersweet nature.”
Lew’s signature “sculpted oils” depicting iconic imagery of American culture combined with Pop Art will surely delight the many travelers passing through the busy airport over the next several months.
From the exhibition press release:
“With humor and deep affection for the products and popular iconography of the past, Leslie Lew creates extravagant interpretations of comic book heroes, food packaging and board games. Her father was an advertising executive who developed, among other enduring ad campaigns, Sugar Smacks and its Smackin Brothers duo, who appear larger than life here in Lew’s painting.
In this tribute to her father and memories of childhood, we see the thickly sculpted, painted surface that has become the artist’s signature method. Images that we perhaps associate with mass-production are enlivened by highly textured brushstrokes and expansive scale. They are at once art and artifice – delighting in the seductive visual dynamics of commercialization while also imbued with a personal, interpretive quality that is distinctly anti-cynical.
When faced with the legendary things and characters of our youth, rendered with unrestrained enthusiasm, it’s hard not to smile, to remember the pleasure of eating animal crackers, toting the box on its little white string; to feel a little girl’s aspiration to be Wonder Woman, and to be transported by cartoon lives – so familiar and yet so unlike our own.”
—KATHY GREENWOOD, Curatorial Assistant of the Art & Culture Program at Albany International Airport
“Keeping Time” is on view at Albany International Airport now through September 5, 2011. Download the exhibition invitation [pdf]
About the Albany International Airport Art & Culture Program
Since 1998, Albany International Airport has distinguished itself within the Northeast, and throughout the United States as a beacon for the arts in the Capital Region. The Art & Culture Program has become a cornerstone for showcasing the breadth and quality of the arts throughout the Region and has made the Airport a busy hub not only for travel, but also for celebrating and learning about local culture.
For more information, visit www.albanyairport.com/art_culture.php
Leslie Lew fine art is available at Park West Gallery cruise art auctions and through our gallery in Southfield, Michigan.
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