Leslie Tucker

Leslie Tucker

New York, NY, United States

About Leslie Tucker

In veiled and covert ways my photo art explores what we buy, what we buy into, and how we are led by a culture of artful sellers. My projects examine the collision of the American Dream with our humanity—to better understand who we are, who we've been, and who we are becoming.

My photo art technique is a continuation of the tradition that began with collage. Where once artists gathered all their materials from disparate sources and were limited by availability and physicality, 21st century technology and the world wide web have lifted these restraints. I interweave hundreds if not thousands of sourced elements into into my work to assemble worlds from a labyrinth of parts. My practice is like adhesive-free collage making on anabolic steroids.

My artistic goal is to lure my audience with intricate appeal and then upon closer inspection, to assault with disquieting content. My work is an inquiry into how we might come to terms with the frictions of our discomforts and disillusionment as a way to understanding, and perhaps transcending, our hypocrisies and our blindness within the contemporary world.

Illumination is the fundamental motif for a long-term project that I began in 2014. I have completed three bodies of work under that umbrella: Postulates, Manifestos, and Devotionals. Advancing the Illumination theme, I have initiated three new series: Anthropologies, Quandaries, and Vessels. As with all my series, my goal is to evoke thought and viewer discussion.

I’ve been printing on Endura Metallic chromogenic paper, my 21st century nod to gilding. I find its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance catch the eye and give depth to my themes of Illumination and human self-reflection. But gilded is not golden. Gilded has a sense of a patina covering something else. It’s the shiny exterior to the decay underneath.

Education

BFA - Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
Post-Graduate Studies - Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Exhibitions

UPCOMING
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i.d.e.a. MUSEUM
"Robot Art" Group Exhibition
curated by Jeffory Morris
June 12, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Mesa, AZ
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DAVIS GALLERY
Solo Show & Gallery Talk
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
"the future i fear is coming"
Spring 2023 (dates to follow)
Geneva, NY
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MARTIN ART GALLERY
Solo Show
Devotionals
January 15 - March 24, 2019
Public Reception: February 27, 5:00-6:30pm
Artist Talk: March 13, 5:00pm
Baker Center for the Arts
Muhlenberg College
Allentown, PA

ARTEXPO NEW YORK 2019 [SOLO]
April 4 - April 7, 2019
Booth 1003
Pier 90
New York, NY

THE OTHER ART FAIR
May 2 - May 5, 2019
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble Street
Brooklyn, NY

MANNY CANTOR CENTER
Ernest Rubenstein Gallery
On The Consequences Of Hate Speech
Curated by Rachel Kanter
December 5, 2018 - January 18, 2019
197 East Broadway
New York, NY

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NY
September 27 - September 30, 2018
Julio Valdez Project Space
Booth 1.54
The Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY

BUSHWICK OPEN STUDIOS 2018
September 28, 29 & 30
119 Ingraham Street
Studio 208
Brooklyn, NY

ATLANTIC GALLERY
July 17 - August 4, 2018
Who. Are. You?
Group Show
548 West 28th Street
Suite 540
New York, NY

THE PAINTING CENTER
JuxtaPositions
Group Show
June 19 - July 14, 2018
547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY

GROUND FLOOR GALLERY
Three-Person Show
WOMEN AT WORK
Leslie Tucker
Natalie Baxter
Paola Citterio
April 27 - May 13, 2018
Brooklyn, NY

CUMBERLAND GALLERY
Two-Person Show
DISCONTENT
Leslie Tucker
Mike West
March 3 - April 14, 2018
Nashville, TN

AFFORDABLE ART FAIR NY
March 21 - March 25, 2018
Julio Valdez Project Space
Booth 1.48
Metropolitan Pavilion
125 West 18th Street
New York, NY

A.I.R. GALLERY
CURRENTS Biennial 2018
curated by Barbara Zucker
January 4 - February 4, 2018
Brooklyn, NY

CUMBERLAND GALLERY
SMALL PACKAGES INVITATIONAL
November 11 - December 23, 2017
Nashville, TN

LOCAL PROJECT
Botanical
October 19 - November 11, 2017
Long Island City, NY

CREATIVE CLIMATE AWARDS
by HUMAN IMPACTS INSTITUTE
October 16 - November 16, 2017
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO)
1 East 42nd Street
New York, NY

GALLERY MC
RE:ARTISTE INTERNATIONAL ART ORGANIZATION
Transformation 2017
545 West 52nd Street
October 11 - October 26, 2017
New York, NY