' Joanne Leah
Joanne Leah
Verve / Color Value: Joanne Leah
May 21 - July 31, 2015

Press Release

Kim Foster Gallery is pleased to present color value an exhibition that delves into the usage, meaning, intensity and value of color in the making of art. Without light, there is no color. Without contrast, there is no difference. Without either light or contrast, there is no value. These artists were selected for this exhibition because they address a wide range of points along the spectrum of color and value. The title “color value” was chosen because it is open enough to tackle many artistic concerns from literal interpretations to multi-layered deductions of what color and value mean.

Joanne Leah’s photographs portray parts of the body arranged as design elements that are juxtaposed with ordinary yet highly stylized props. Using color values within a particular spectrum, such as blue, green, red or violet, she constructs a narrative that takes us on a mysterious trip through her surreal, fairy tale crime scenes. Her imagery draws from her own childhood memories, exploring themes of isolation, detachment and identity.

Past Exhibitions


Solo Exhibition
2017 – ACID MASS, Not For Them Gallery, Long Island City, Queens

Museum Exhibition
2017-2018 – NSFW: Female Gaze
Curated by Marina Garcia-Vasquez, Editor-in-Chief, Creators at VICE Media and Lissa Rivera, Associate Curator, Museum of Sex, NYC

Art Fairs
2018 – Scope Art Show, Solo Booth, Curated by Lori Zimmer and Melissa McCaig-Welles, NYC
2017 – Governors Island Art Fair, NYC

Public Art Exhibition
2016 – Save Art Space, Public Art Billboard Exhibition, Hell’s Kitchen, NYC

2018 – sourMILK, Curated by Ben Quesnel and Christine Stiver, vacant house in Greenwich, CT
2018 – Art in Odd Places Festival: BODY, Westbeth Gallery & Public Exhibition, Curated by Katya Grokhovsky, West Village & Meatpacking, NYC

Group Exhibitions
2019 – Femme, Juxtapoz Projects, Curated by Dasha Matsuura, Jersey City, NJ
2019 – Verve, Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2019 – Goldmine, Lucas Lucas, Curated by Stacie Lucas, Brooklyn
2018 – Transfiguration, Undercurrent Projects, Curated by Fatima Bocoum, NYC
2018 – On Adornment, Pen + Brush, Curated by Jenn Hampton, Chelsea, NYC
2018 – SHEDDING SKINS, Curated by Quinn Ceren Turan, Online Exhibition
2018 – In Bloom, The Quin, Curated by Lori Zimmer, Midtown, NYC
2018 – The Garden of Earthly Delights, Deanna Evans Projects, Curated by Karen Gilbert, Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn
2018 – The Human Puppet, Curated by David Henry Nobody, Jr., International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (DE), Spring Performance Festival, Amsterdam (NL), Dortmunder U (DE), East China Normal University (CN), MU, Eindhoven (NL), Museum Hilversum (NL), Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam (NL), De School, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 – Then She Did, The Plaxall Gallery, Curated by Lori Zimmer and Melissa McCaig-Welles, Long Island City, Queens
2018 – F.P.O.V., Mott NYC, Curated by Carlos E. Kempff Seleme, Lower East Side, NYC
2018 – 18+, Recspec Gallery, Austin, TX
2017 – FCKVRYTHNG, Curated by Lori Zimmer, Online Exhibition
2017 – The Expanding Matrix, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery SUNY, Old Westbury, NY
2017 – Quantum Overdrive!, Hudson County Community College, Jersey City, NJ
2017 – Hotter Than July: Hands Off My Cuntry, Undercurrent Projects, East Village, NYC
2017 – Winter Group Show, Not For Them Gallery, Long Island City, Queens
2016 – The Persistent Nature of Urgency, Mayson Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2016 – Natural Selection, Mayson Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC
2015 – Nature Made, Gallery Petite, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2015 – Out Lines, Gallery Petite, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2015 – The Collect Effect, Gallery Petite, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2015 – Color Value, Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2015 – Seeking Space, Arts in Bushwick, Brooklyn
2014 – Sequential Abstraction, Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2014 – L’Avventura, Kim Foster Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2014 – Understanding Media: The Extensions of Human Being, Bushwick, Brooklyn
2014 – Hotter Than July, Lower East Side, NYC
2014 – Being and Time, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn
2013 – Art From the Heart, Gowanus Loft, Brooklyn

Public Collection
Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

2017 – Ello 2017 Creative Excellence Awards Grant Recipient

2017 – Guest Curator for Save Art Space, Your Community Public Art Exhibition
2017 – Guest Curator for Not For Print Magazine, Issue 02: Resist
2016 – Phreeek Magnet, Co-Curated with Savannah Spirit, Undercurrent Projects, East Village, NYC

Artist Talks and Panel Discussions
2018 – The Censorship of Art on Social Media: A Panel Discussion, Moderated by Brian Boucher, FIT, NYC
2018 – Then She Did, Moderated by Sarah Potter, The Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, Queens
2018 – NSFW: Female Gaze Long Table Event, Museum of Sex, NYC
2017 – Sexual Self: Censorship and Social Media, Moderated by Alexandra Marzella, VICE, Brooklyn

2019 – ODDA Magazine, Issue 16
2018 – Blink Magazine, Issue 52
2018 – Les Inrocks, Summer SEX Issue
2018 – Le Petit Voyeur 6
2017 – Libertine Magazin, Issue 6: Digital
2017 – Munich Opera Festival: MAX JOSEPH Magazine, Issue 4
2017 – Mad Gleam Press, POSTporn
2017 – Not For Print Magazine, Issue 01: Censorship
2016 – The Opéra
2016 – Pacific Dissent
2016 – Pornceptual Magazine
2016 – Math Magazine
2013 – Gypsé Eyes

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