Art In FLUX Harlem launches the next series of POP-UP exhibits
The Harlem debut of two artists with secret confessions and pillow talk!
Sculptures by Leah Poller and Carlos DeMedeiros
New York, NY, August 28, 2012 ---- Art in Flux Harlem, the recently established showcase for emerging artists, opens its new program of events on September 19th with “Bedtime Confessions”: An exhibition of sculpture featuring the work of Leah Poller and Carlos DeMedeiros in a debut marriage of subject and style. The small-scale beds expertly sculpted by Leah Poller are a perfect foil for the intriguing mixed media miniature confessionals by Carlos DeMedeiros. Each artist tells a story. Not just their own story, but one that we all share in the same way: A narrative of myth and mystery. Together, their three dimensional fables of visual drama and imagined conversations blur the boundaries of art and theatre.
Leah's works are visual metaphors for the bed in all its literary and imaginary iterations, ranging from the lyrical to satirical, the ironic to iconic, the lovely to licentious, and the humorous to dark. Her multi-layered, fantastical beds are three-dimensional landscapes of the imagination that allow us to explore our usual perception of aesthetics, politics and social history.
The tales that Carlos tells us are personal in a visceral way. His colorful and complex confessionals made from found objects tap into our religious memories, whatever the persuasion. Then, as if with unseen intervention, the visual strength and sincerity of his work amplifies our response to it.
Born in Brazil in 1963, Carlos DeMedeiros grew up in a small fishing village near Rio de Janeiro. Leaving home in his late teens to enter religious life, he became a monk in rural Bolivia, still one of the poorest places in South America. After 14 years, he left the monastery for a secular life, conflicted by his own idea of religion and the one he was obliged to follow. As a way of coming to terms with this ambivalence, DeMedeiros, self-taught as an artist, constructs miniature confessionals from found objects. Now living in the New York area, he reaches into his religious history and experiences to shine a bright light into an often dark place hidden from most of us.
Leah Poller was born in Pennsylvania. She received classical training in sculpture at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts, in Paris, France where she lived for 20 years. Returning to the United States in 1992, she established her studio in Soho and began the series of “101 Beds”, a rare subject matter in art. Poller’s personification of the bed uses found objects and visual metaphors to create a biography of modern humanity and its intimate relationship to this icon. Her “101 Bed Collection” has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Her interest in the bed has been extended to include images of other people’s beds, visible on her site www.unmadebedproject.com. In 2009 Poller moved to Harlem. She is currently working on several portrait commissions in which the thoughts of the subject are transformed from internal to external, appearing as “headdresses” on her subjects, a new take on the classical portrait.
Bar Bed by Leah Poller
It’s Only Money by Carlos DeMedeiros