leslie tucker

New York based artist Leslie Tucker earned her BFA from Manhattanville College and completed post graduate work at Parsons School of Design. Her photographic constructions have been awarded the 2016 and 2017 first prize in the Fine Art Professional category of the international juried competition organized by Creative Quarterly: Journal of Art & Design. Tucker is a member artist of the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, a membership she acquired through her first place in the LACDA international juried competition of 2008. In veiled and covert ways her photo art explores our buying habits and how we are led by a culture of artful sellers. Her stories are about our conflicts and dualities illuminated by the objects we nimbly consume.

 

STATEMENT

My photo-composite process 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 C. technology has lifted these restraints. By sourcing, scanning and photographing images I’m able to find or produce just the right elements to place next to each other, as juxtaposition forms the foundation of my process. By using software tools I color shift, erase backgrounds and compose as my vision is far too detailed for traditional collage methods. My artistic goal is to lure my audience with intricate appeal and then upon closer inspection, to assault with disquieting content. I often explore and critique the conditions, circumstances, and relations in which the various issues of environmental protection, social and economic justice, race, gender, and human rights manifest. My artistic practice examines how we might learn to navigate our discomforts and disillusionment as a way to understanding and perhaps transcending our hypocrisies and our blindness. I invite my audience to meander through my decorative tableaus to rediscover the underbelly of our humanity--to better understand who we are, who we've been, and who we are becoming.
Using LightJet imaging technology harnesses my themes of illumination within a printing process. Three digitally controlled lasers simultaneously expose the photo-sensitive emulsion onto silver halide photo paper with red, green and blue laser lights. The way LightJet prints images is the way we see the world, in RGB and not CMYK. The exposed paper is then processed in traditional photographic chemistry which creates such a strong durable surface that framing without glass is feasible. I’ve been printing on Endura Metallic paper, my 21st C. nod to Medieval gilding and the grace of heavenly wisdom. I find its iridescent finish and rich metallic appearance catches the eye and gives depth to my themes of illumination and human self-reflection.

RESUME

Education

BFA: Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY
POST-GRADUATE STUDIES: Parsons School of Design, New York, NY

Selected Exhibitions
CUMBERLAND GALLERY, Two-Person Show: MANIFESTOS series, March 3 - April 14, 2018, Nashville, TN
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR. NY, March 21 - March 25, 2018, Julio Valdez Project Space, Booth 1.47, 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
CREATIVE CLIMATE AWARDS EXHIBIT, by HUMAN IMPACTS INSTITUTE, October 16 - November 16, 2017, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), New York, NY
K&P GALLERY, Group Show, June 22 - June 28, 2017, 547 West 27th Street #518, New York, NY
BROOKLYN CENTRAL, #RESIST Show & Fundraiser, March 17 - March 25, 2017, Brooklyn, NY
LOCAL PROJECT, Animalia, March 2 - March 17, 2017, Long Island City, NY
#SAVEARTSPACE, The World Today, September 9 - 16, 2016, Gallery Petite, Brooklyn, NY
GALLERIA CA' D'ORO, (Re) Envisioning Art's Aura in the Age of Turbo-Capitalism, December 17-19, 2015, 529 West 20th Street, New York, NY

Awards
Winner: Julio Valdez Project Space Exhibition Award 2018, New York, NY
Winner: Fine Art Professional, Creative Quarterly 43 - Summer 2016 and Creative Quarterly 100 Best Annual - April 2017, The Journal of Art & Design, New York, NY
Third Prize: Fabrik Magazine 2010 International Art Competition, Beverly Hills, CA,
Finalist: 2010 Aesthetica Creative Works Competition, Aesthetica Magazine, York, UK
Shortlist Winner: 2010 London International Creative Competition (LiCC), London, UK
1st Place: Enhanced Photography Award, Art Buzz 2010 Visual Arts Showcase, Dunedin, FL
Purchase Award: LaGrange National XXVI Biennial 2010, LaGrange Art Museum, LaGrange, GA
2nd Place Monetary Prize: 2010 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, New York, NY
1st Place Solo Show: LACDA 2008 International Juried Competition, Los Angeles, CA

Features
PROFESSIONAL WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS -- October 2017
ALL THE SINS -- July 2017 -- Issue 4
WOTISART? -- June 2017
CREATIVE QUARTERLY 100 BEST ANNUAL 2016 -- April 2017
AVERAGE ART MAGAZINE -- Average Art 8 -- March 2017
CREATIVE QUARTERLY -- ISSUE 42-43 -- Summer 2016
THE ARTIST CATALOGUE -- Spring 2016
AESTHETICA CREATIVE WORKS ANNUAL 2011