Leslie Hewitt’s photographs rest in sturdy wooden frames that lean against the wall and invite viewers to experience a unique space between photography and sculpture. Her work combines still life compositions comprised of political, social, and personal materials, which result in multiple histories seen embedded in sculptural, architectural, and "abstract forms". 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). Exploring this as an artist and "not" as a historiographer, Hewitt draws parallels between the formal appearance of things and their significance to collective history and political consciousness in contemporary art.
Leslie Hewitt is an artist living in New York City. Hewitt graduated from The Cooper Union's School of Art in 2000 and went on to earn an MFA from Yale University in 2004. From 2001-2003, she studied Africana Studies and Cultural Studies at New York University. She has displayed her work in exhibitions in a number of American and international galleries. Her work is in the public collection at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY, among others. Hewitt was represented in MoMA's New Photography 2009, a thematic presentation of significant recent work in photography that examines and expands the conventional definitions of the medium. She was the Spring 2012: Guna S. Mundheim Fellow in the visual arts at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany.
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