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Exhibition of new work by Lesley Vance opens at David Kordansky Gallery
Lesley Vance, Untitled, 2013. Oil on linen, 10 x 12 inches (25.4 x 30.5 cm). Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Fredrik Nilsen.

LOS ANGELES, CA.- David Kordansky Gallery announces an exhibition of new work by Lesley Vance. The show opened on November 1, 2013 and runs through January 4, 2014.

Over the last few years, Lesley Vance has created an increasingly distinct vocabulary of forms, drawing from lineages of both abstract and representational painting. Though the works are, in the end, abstractions, they also make clear their relationship to the physical world. This is partially due to a process that allows Vance to structure her observations in the studio and simultaneously develop a wide array of formal responses to them. She treats the paintings and watercolors as discrete objects in and of themselves, independent of source material. Pigment and medium are utilized in a way that allows them to reveal their own materiality, as well as the ways in which they generate illusionistic effects to produce a peculiar and specific atmosphere.

Vance's newest paintings are filled with particularly indelible imagery, made up of strong lines and high contrast passages. In addition, her palette has grown more diverse, with each painting asserting its own specific moods, suggesting expansive spaces and dramatic shifts between forms. Accordingly, the work has begun to evoke the luminosity of exterior landscapes––particularly those of the West––and therefore intersect with the multi-valent history of abstraction in American modernism, in which non-objective and figurative tendencies coalesce.

Related advances can also be seen in the latest watercolors. In some of these, as in the new paintings, prismatic arrays of interlocking shapes provide alternate ways of tracing the movement of Vance's hand. They exemplify her ability to construct and dismantle a given form with a single gesture, or to render intimate spaces that function like open ones (and vice versa). Regardless of its physical dimensions, the work communicates a sense of scope that goes beyond notions of size. What is at stake, rather, is the possibility for painting to inscribe itself in––and amplify––the lyrical and poetic qualities of visual experience.

Lesley Vance has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Bowdoin, ME; the FLAG Art Foundation, New York; and, with Ricky Swallow, at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA. Recent group exhibitions include Painter Painter, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; A House of Leaves. Second Movement, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Difference, Dallas Museum of Art; Art on Paper 2012: The 42nd Exhibition, The Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Three Evidentiary Claims, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; Tableaux, MAGASIN - Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble, France; and 2010 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. A monographic catalogue devoted to her work was published by David Kordansky Gallery in 2013.

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