Statement


Focusing on social narrative, my art explores the constructs of identity, communal space and language. I work across media—though primarily with drawing, collage, printmaking and video—to create both figurative and abstract works in series. In each series, I bring together figures, geometric shapes or textual elements to create new rhetoric—examining the individual as a complex social product. Often, these explorations take place in specific spaces (i.e. public housing, hospitals, cemeteries) to examine connections between the individual and the larger social networks they operate within.


Leslie Kerby, 2019



Biography


Leslie Kerby is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York City. She works in a variety of media to thematically interlinked bodies of work. She focuses on issues related to how we lead our lives personally, as individuals. And, to how our personal lives are variably connected to, and changed by, the broader networks and communities within which we live and interact. Her work is in the permanent collections at Columbia University, New York and Arkansas State University, Arkansas. Kerby has received commissions from Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, BRIC Arts | Media and Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and awarded residencies at VCCA, Virginia and Auvillar, France and School of Visual Arts. Her work has also appeared at art fairs, Verge, Spring Break and AQUA Miami and has been reviewed in hyperallergic.com and Two Coats of Paint. In addition to making and exhibiting her work, Kerby also acts as a guest curator with a number of New York art venues and institutions such as Project: ARTspace. She is a member of the Creative Council at BRIC Arts | Media, and a member of the Executive Board at Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts. --2019



Resume


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Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


2019

Networks and Systems, Leslie Kerby and Lianne Arnold Collaborations | ChaShaMa space to present, Brooklyn, NY

2018

BRIC Arts | Media, Commission to screen The World Contained II video animation, Brooklyn, NY Project ARTspace, The Laying on of Hands, New York, NY

2012

St. John’s University, Department of Fine Arts, Border Lines, Queens, NY

2005

Object Image Gallery, Dialogues, Brooklyn, NY

2003

Object Image Gallery, New Work Leslie Kerby and Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Brooklyn, NY



Selected Group Exhibitions


2019

Officina 15, Bologna, Italy ONDATE/WAVES; Part II Centotto, Brooklyn, NY; Part III AREA A, Berlin Germany

Zürcher Gallery, DANCE WITH ME, New York, NY

2018

AQUA Art Miami, OUT OF MANY Julie McKim Projects/SHIM/ArtHelix, Miami, FL

Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, CONTAINMENT, Summit, NJ

Paula Cooper Gallery, Art Connects New York CIVITAS benefit presentation screening of The World Contained II Garvey|Simon, Inward/Outward, New York, NY

The Untitled Space, RESISTANCE, New York NY

Trestle Gallery, Introductions 2018, Brooklyn, NY

2017

Old Stone House, Being Well: Searching for Utopia?, Brooklyn, NY

Van Der Plas Gallery, Dancing with Rhinos, New York, NY

The Painting Center, Fight or Flight, New York, NY

490 Gallery, American Pie, Brooklyn, NY

Actors Fund Theatre, CounterPointe5: a collaboration with 7 choreographers and 7 visual artists produced by Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

2016

Garvey| Simon Art Access, SELECT, New York, NY

Ground Floor Gallery, #newcollectorbk The Print Edition, Brooklyn, NY

NARS Foundation Artistic Developments: Artists and the Language of Real Estate, Brooklyn, NY

BRIC Arts|Media BRIC Open (c)all: Up For Debate, Brooklyn, NY

Drawing Rooms Victory Hall Big Small Show, Jersey City, NJ

2015

1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, between a place and a candy: pattern, repetition & motif, Norte Maar production, New York, NY

Museum Blue and Blackburn 20/20 Gallery, Intaglio Prints St. Louis, MO and Brooklyn, NY

Smack Mellon Gallery, RESPOND, Brooklyn, NY

500x Gallery, Family Ties,Dallas, TX Spring Break Art Fair, Curated by Entering Aquarium, New York, NY

Outlet Fine Art, The Annual Invitational, Brooklyn, NY

Norte Maar @ Schema Projects, JEWEL, Brooklyn, NY

2014

Outlet Fine Art, suggestion, that is the dream: Arshille Gorky and a selection of contemporary drawings, Brooklyn, NY

Kunsthalle Galapagos, The Invitational, Brooklyn, NY

Lesley Heller Workspace, Misrepresentations, New York, NY

Kenise Barnes Fine Art, We Love Art, Larchmont, NY

2013

Schema Projects, Beasts and Bodies, Brooklyn, NY

Matteawan Gallery, UV Prints, Collaboration with 12 artists, Beacon, NY

Temporary Storage at Brooklyn Fireproof, Salon 2.0 Universal, Brooklyn, NY

The Phatory Gallery, Boom and Bloom, New York, NY

2012

Sacred Gallery, Art of Democracy,New York, NY

Kentler International Drawing Space, Uncovered Prints, Brooklyn, NY

33 Contemporary Gallery, Facemask, Sound and text collaboration with Chicago artist Christopher Preissing, Chicago, IL

Norte Maar, Appearance Adrift in the Garden, work by Paul D'Agostino, Leslie Kerby, Kai Vierstra Brooklyn, NY

Arkansas State University Bradbury Gallery, National Delta Print ExhibitionArkansas State, AR 2011

Kuntsthalle Galapagos, Don’t Stop the Revolution, Brooklyn, NY

Storefront Gallery, NEWYear, NEWwork, NEWfaces, Brooklyn, NY

VergeArt Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Arkansas State University Bradbury Gallery, National Delta Print Exhibition Arkansas State, AR 2010

Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Center, Imprint: Contemporary Printmaking, Alexandria, VA National Arts Club, New York Society of Etchers 10th Anniversary Exhibition, New York, NY

2009

Masur Museum of Art, 46th Annual Exhibition, Monroe, LA

Arkansas State University Bradbury Gallery Fowler Center College of Fine Arts, National Delta Print Exhibition, Arkansas State, AR

2008

Crown Center Gallery Loyola University College, Reforming US: Immigration Through Art, Chicago, IL

Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery, Mend, Brooklyn, NY

Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Center, Reclaimed, Alexandria, VA

2007

Arkansas State University Bradbury Gallery, National Delta Print Exhibition Arkansas State, AR 2003

Object Image Gallery, New Work Leslie Kerby & Cecilia Whittaker-Doe, Brooklyn, NY



Public and Private Collections


Arkansas State University Bradbury Gallery | Fowler Center of Arts, State University, AR Columbia University | School of Social Work, New York, NY

Kentler International Drawing Space Flatfiles, Brooklyn, NY

Pierogi 2000 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Numerous Private Collections in the United States, London, England; Amsterdam, Holland



Commissions and Awards


Commissions:

Sculpture for Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts exhibition between a place and candy: pattern, repetition and motif, 2015

Presentation of video animation BRIC ART F/P Garage Door Series, 2017-2018\


Awards:

Pam Myrose and Daniel J. Reeves Purchase Award National Delta Prints Exhibition | Bradbury Gallery Fowler Center College of Fine Arts, Arkansas State University, State University, AR

President's Purchase Award National Delta Prints Exhibition | Bradbury Gallery Fowler Center College of Fine Arts, Arkansas State University, State University, AR

Honorable Mention, National Visual Arts Exhibition, Pen & Brush, Inc., New York, NY



Bibliography

June/July, 2019 Luxe Magazine Southeast Edition https://luxedaily.luxesource.com/modern-brooklyn-accents-classic-southern-style-charlotte/#.XT8Y5-hKguW  

July 11, 2018 Art Spiel http://artspiel.org/nj-visual-arts-center-global-angst/

July 6, 2018 Hyperallergic reviews Containment at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey https:// hyperallergic.com/450336/oh-what-a-world-what-a-world-containment-visual-arts-center-of-new-jersey/

July 9, 2018 The Slyly Activist Art of Leslie Kerby, Vasari 21 blog https://vasari21.com/leslie-kerby/

May 23, 2018 After Vasari, "Manual Realizations" by Paul D'Agostino, Ph.D. https:// aftervasari.wordpress.com/2018/05/23/manual-realizations/

BRIC Radio Interview independent journalist Alexis Madrigal and Leslie Kerby about The World Contained II project,January 8, 2018, https://soundcloud.com/bricradio/leslie-kerby-the-world-contained-ii

Wide Walls covers One Year of Resistance at The Untitled Space,

January 28, 2018 https://www.widewalls.ch/one-year-of-resistance-untitled-space/

Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint, Counterpointe 5 review The World Contained II

April 10, 2016 http://www.twocoatsofpaint.com/2017/04/counterpoint.html

Femmes Folles, Nebraska, SELECT at Garvey | Simon Gallery

August, 2016 http:// femmesfollesnebraska.tumblr.com/post/148740350012/leslie-kerby-artist Brooklyn Rail reviews between a place and candy organized by Norte Maar, curated by Jason Andrew June 3, 2015 http://www.brooklynrail.org/2015/06/artseen/between-a-place-and-candy-new-works-inpattern-repetition-motif

Spring Break exhibition with Aquarium, Art Critical

March 4, 2015 http://www.artcritical.com/2015/03/04/ spring-break-2015/



Publications


A Modicum of Mankind, collaborative limited edition artist project combining art by Leslie Kerby and short stories by John Talbird. Underwritten by Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, Brooklyn, NY and readings presented at Luhring Augustine Bushwick; Shangri-La at The Factory, Long Island City, NY; and BookCourt, Brooklyn, NY



Curatorial Projects


Project: ARTspace, Exit Strategy featuring the work of Maud Bryt, Anna Luppi, Bob Seng

Project: ARTspace, Land Air Place featuring the work of Natasha Maidoff, Debra Ramsay, Elizabeth Riley and Holly Sears

BRIC | Arts | Media, BRIC Biennial Volume I: Downtown Edition, Guest Curator

Project: ARTspace, Sanctuary, featuring the work of Erin Latham, Amy Lincoln, Jae Song

BRIC | Arts | Media, Curated the BRIC Arts Short List, Brooklyn, NY

Project: ARTspace, Traces of Omnipresence featuring the work of Ryan Sarah Murphy, Eleanor Ray, I-Hsuen Chen, New York, NY

Project: ARTspace, Life Inside and Out featuring the work of Michael Kukla, Rebecca Litt, Heechan Kim, New York, NY



Related Professional Activities

VCCA Fellow, Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Amherst, VA

VCCA Fellow, Residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Auvillar, France

Printmaking Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Contemporary Art Advisory Council Member BRIC Arts | Media, Brooklyn, NY

Board Member Norte Maar for Collaborative Projects in the Arts, Brooklyn, NY

Past President of the Board of Directors, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn, NY

Core Collaborator, Proteus Gowanus Interdisciplinary Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Assistant Director, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ


Education

Drawing, Printmaking & Painting Courses: Art Students League, Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY;

B.A. American Studies Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Lynchburg, VA;

M.S.W. courses at Norfolk State College and Old Dominion University, VA