Lesley Dill "Paper and Bronze"

George Adams Gallery

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During February and March the GEORGE ADAMS GALLERY presents an exhibition of new work by LESLEY DILL. The exhibition, Paper & Bronze, consists of large and small-scale figurative sculptures in cast bronze, sculpted paper, as well drawings in charcoal and collage. Included in the exhibition are two large unique bronze figures, eight small unique bronze sculptures, four small paper sculptures, one large-scale and two small-scale drawings. The work incorporates language taken from Charles Dickens, Emily Dickinson, Salvador Espriu, and Franz Kafka. Accompanying these works is the film version of Dill’s opera, “Divide Light,” which combines the language of Emily Dickinson with music, costume and video projection.

The two largest sculptures, both unique casts, are “Rapture” and “Faith” from 2010. “Rapture” is a nearly six foot high perforated bronze figure of a woman in a billowing dress, a bird perched on her head and the words “raptures“ and “germination,” spelled out in bronze letters extending up from each arm. “Faith” is a darkly-patinaed male figure that is mounted on the wall and posed as if about to leap into the air. On his chest appears, in contrasting, polished letters a phrase taken from Kafka, “Was he an animal that music had such an effect on him?”

The large works are complemented by a series of smaller – 13 to 18 inches high – unique cast bronze figures made in 2009 and 2010. Among them “Ecstasy,” and “Every Utterance” mount directly on the wall, while others rest on pedestals or, like “Spit Bite,” hang from the ceiling. In various ways music is the source of inspiration behind many of the works in the exhibition, especially the seated figures, posed as if in full voice, which were inspired by the chorus that performed in “Divide Light.”



from February 18, 2010 to March 27, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-02-25 from 17:30 to 19:30


Lesley Dill

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