Curator to Curator: Carla Lobmier looks at the work of Rejin Leys
Both Rejin Leys and I are in the curious position of being co-Curators for the show Local Color, as well as participating artists. Looking at Leys’ work from this double point of view, I posed some questions to her about her practice. What are her thoughts about paper, the content of her work and artists who shaped her thinking? I knew that her relationship with paper would be complex. While she enjoys the variety and tactile qualities of paper, she is drawn to its “honesty”. Paper surfaces display history (marks and handling) and, to take it even further, Leys’ repurposed paper from books, for example, often prompts her drawing or weighs in with its own history. Images collected from these sources start Leys’ work, but change in meaning when extended through her drawing or join with other materials.
There is a thread of narrative in Leys’ work. She named Juan Sanchez and Clarissa Sligh as artists who influenced her when she became acquainted with each early in her career. Sanchez and Sligh use images to tell stories, but also gather found imagery that changes in their hands. Leys’ narratives are open-ended allowing the viewer to make the connections.
Her history of process and materials loops back when rejected work is made into new paper by Leys. Her art is one that mines history, but also communicates her present.
"Target Area," "Sequence of Symbols" and "Frequency Spectrum"
Rejin Leys is a Haitian-American mixed media artist. Her works-on-paper are inspired by a mixture of social issues, science fiction, dreams and found objects and imagery. A graduate of Parsons School of Design and Brooklyn College, she recieved a NYFA Fellowship in 1995 and has shown her work in museums and galleries internationally.
See more of her work on her tumblr: http://rejinleys.com/
• 5 September 2014 • 7 notes
"In a Time of Change," ink, pencil and collage, 12x24"
• 4 September 2014 • 3 notes
A tour of ‘LOCAL COLOR’ with Rejin Leys & Carla Lobmier
August 1st through September 13th, 2014
The exhibition ‘Local Color' at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) offers an opportunity to get to know the work of 12 local artists with ties to the borough of Queens, by taking a closer look at detail, meaning, metaphor and materials. The William P. Miller Jr. gallery houses the pieces which features paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, sculptures and installations.
With the exhibition ‘Local Color,’ JCAL re-launches the Artist Co-Op Series, which is a visual arts program designed specifically for Queens based artist to curate, produce and present their works in their galleries.
The 12 Queens artists include Ludger K. Balan, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Robert Craddock, Lan Ding Liu, Laura Fayer, Janet O. Henry, Joseph A. Isahack, Rejin Leys, Carla Lobmier, Dominique Sindayiganza, Shenna Vaughn, and Mary Burton Wheeler.
• 27 August 2014 • 5 notes
"Column," pencil and collage, 14x12"
• 25 August 2014 • 6 notes
"Equation," ink, pencil and collage, 14x17"
• 22 August 2014 • 4 notes
The exhibition “Local Color” will continue at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Jamaica, Queens, through September 13, 2014. JCAL’s William P. Miller Jr. Gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 9 to 6, with additional hours (until 9pm) from Tuesday through Thursday.
Want to find out more? Check out our upcoming posts featuring the artists of “Local Color.”
• 20 August 2014 • 2 notes
"Local Color," featuring work by 12 Queens-based artists, continues through Sept. 13th. Don’t miss it!
It was great seeing so many friends at the opening of “Local Color” last night at JCAL @jamaicaarts. Thanks so much to our wonderful artists, and to the staff at JCAL for making the exhibition happen!
• 20 August 2014 • 4 notes
Local Color: Artists Co-Op I
August 1 to Sept 13, 2014
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL)
161-04 Jamaica Ave, Jamaica NY, 11432
Art is all around us, from architectural details to the pattern on the hem of a shirt. The exhibition Local Color takes a close look a detail, meaning, metaphor and materials used by 12 artists with ties to Queens. Artists Co-Op is a JCAL program designed specifically for Queens based artists to curate, produce, and present their work at JCAL gallery.
Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 6pm
Local Color Artists Roundtable: Saturday August 2, 2pm
Ludger K. Balan, Vladimir Cybil Charlier, Robert Craddock, Lan Ding Liu, Laura Fayer, Janet Henry, Joseph A. Isahack, Rejin Leys, Carla Lobmier, Dominique Sindayiganza, Shenna Vaughn, Mary Burton Wheeler
• 30 July 2014 • 2 notes
"Cell Cycle," mixed media, 14x17"
• 24 June 2014 • 7 notes
"Disintegrating Strata," mixed media, 17x14"
• 23 June 2014 • 2 notes
"Motor Driven Wavelength," mixed media, 17x9"
• 23 June 2014 • 1 note
"Three Beams," mixed media, 14x14"
• 14 June 2014 • 4 notes
"Sampled at Specific Points," mixed media, 17x14"
• 14 June 2014 • 3 notes
"Scanning in the Other Direction," mixed media, 12x24"
• 9 June 2014 • 2 notes
"Target Area," mixed media, 12x24"
• 7 June 2014 • 5 notes