Leemour Pelli is an artist living and working in New York City. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts (B.F.A., painting, 1994), Hunter College (Master of Arts degree in Art History, 1989), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (B.A. in English Literature). She has also studied at the Bezalel Academy of Art in Jerusalem, the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, in Paris, and at Cornell University. In January of 2008 the artist had a solo exhibition at the Daneyal Mahmood Gallery in New York. In May, 2005, the artist had a solo exhibition at the Annina Nosei Gallery in New York, and in September of 2003 she had a solo exhibition at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The University published a catalogue, and produced a mini-documentary about the artist and her work. Pellis recent exhibitions also include the Paul Rodgers Gallery in New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion, Connecticut, PS1 Institute of Contemporary Art, Long Island City, and Artcore Gallery in Toronto. Her work has been reviewed in Art News, The New York Times, New York Arts Magazine, and The Globe and Mail, among other publications.I work in different media including painting, sculpture, installations, drawings, and prints.
My work explores the nature of reality and contemporary existence. It reflects on social and psychological aspects of interrelationships, within the context of perception, sensorial experiences, and the human condition.
In some of my work, I focus on manifesting not only the visible aspects of reality, but what one cannot always see, or what I call “almost sight.” That is, I explore a basic collapse and failure in our limited nature of perception. This, in turn, leads to other complications and limitations in the domain of human interrelations and experience.
In order to show this, the works are at times x-rays of life, or x-rays of figures or situations, at times palimpsests, in which I try to show how contemporary modern man is somehow limited – in his/her vision(s), relationships, and in their selves. In the work I also explore the nature of the self as an individual, and that of being contextualized in a space that involves others/relations and the power of time. The human figure, or human landscape, is explored in an anatomical and poetic way – as a place of memory and transformation, whether good or bad, real or imaginary.
At times, the world and figures depicted in it appear to be skeletal, they are, to reference a poem by Ted Hughes, “Almost a person.” They are only partially there – to our limited perceptions, perhaps hidden, fragile, broken, failing – longing, loving, parting, basically changing and transforming through the space of time. In some instances, their internal organs fail them – or over power them – sending them out of control – metaphorically speaking, or others (souls and organs) fail or overpower them, etc.
The work also, at times, draws inspiration from literature and poetry, such as the writings of Samuel Beckett, and Ted Hughes. Characters and personas that may resemble those in some of their writings, are re-created and used in a theatrical series of works.
Though the work at times consists of single figures or couples interacting, it may be said that larger issues concerning the break down or malfunctioning of human relations and humanity itself are invoked. A general failure at connection is evident, and the work is about a fundamental collapse: of contemporary social conventions, perceptions, relationships, and one’s internal and exterior worlds.
- New York, NY, United States
Education:M.A., B.A., B.F. A.1992-1994 The School of Visual Arts, New York. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.1991-1992 Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France.Academie Charpentiere, France.1991-1990 Bezalel Academy of Art andDesign, Jerusalem, Israel. 1987-1990 Hunter College, NY. Master of Arts Degree, Art History.1984-1986 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. B.A. English Literature.1984-1983 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.Fine Art and Art History Courses.One Person Exhibitions:2009 Annina Nosei Gallery and Project Space, NY.2008 Daneyal Mahmood Gallery, New York.2005 Annina Nosei Gallery. Recent Paintings, NY. The Icehouse Gallery, "Love," said God,say "Love." Greenport, NY. Flying Space, "Love," said God, say "Love," Sag Harbor, NY. 2004 Anina Nosei Gallery, From the Heart, NY.2003 The Art Gallery of the University of Central Florida, Orlando.2000 ArtCore Gallery, Skins, Toronto, Canada.,
Events & Exhibitions
Future Shows: Selected Group Exhibitions:2011 Love is a River, Estuary Gallery, Beacon, New York. Painting with Pictures, Art Jail, New York, Curated by David Gibson. 2011