Large Scale Photographs

Leslie Dill

Thursday, September 26-Thursday, October, 29, 2015

Press: New Yorker

315 Gallery is pleased to present large-scale photographs, an exhibition of photography by Lesley Dill.

Drawing on inspiration from poetry and literature, she uses text as a subject to explore the ways in which societies communicate through spoken word and the physical manifestation of their bodies.

These large-scale photographs are deconstructed using a variety of techniques. In some pieces, Dill ever so slowly pulls off the top layer of emulsion, removing the picture image. She then applies a light layer of wax to the surface to reduce the shine. In others, sections of the image are scraped away. Dill then works back into the paper using India ink, paint, and charcoal. Together these works demonstrate the unique way in which Dill wrestles with the medium of photography as a way to present the image as simultaneously powerful and vulnerable.

Dill describes these works as “momentary sculptures”. She creates visual metaphors to express the words we hold inside our bodies, as if they seep through our skin. Her oeuvre is not confined to one medium, but rather encompasses many, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking and performance.

Lesley Dill was born in 1950 in Bronxville, NY. She now lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work is included in the collections of many public museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, McNay Art Museum, and the Library of Congress. Dill has also been the recipient of fellowships and grants from organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts.