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We live in a time when the always transforming, always mutating web-based information networks offer more cultural abundance and poverty than ever. Leslie Alfin explores literal data pathways harvesting visual news bytes to be used as the fabric for patchworks of paradoxical narratives, both comforting and disturbing, reflecting the nature of their source. Her work can be viewed as a struggle for a manageable co-existence and an iterative negotiation for the reconciliation of chaos and comfort.
Here is what Elizabeth Ferrer, curator and now VP of Contemporary Art at BRIC Arts Brooklyn, had to say about "of forests and forensics" an installation that appeared at BRIC Rotunda Gallery in the group show "IN/formation".
"Leslie Alfin produces sculptures, installation and two-dimensional works based on print-outs of words and images yielded from Google searches. The forms she creates act as a literal web of her findings, as well as the visceral materialization of the seemingly infinite bits of data that exist in global communication networks. In googling her questions Alfin leaves the results unfiltered in her work; the incongruous juxtapositions visible in her installations parallel the inaccurate results to be derived from Googled pathways, leading to new permutation of "information". The artist wraps her printed results with transparent material, producing eccentric environmental sculptures that sometimes resemble large pods with spindly extensions that seem capable of chaotic, unhampered growth."
2021 FREE; Group Exhibition, Outlander Gallery; Jersey City, NJ
2021 Group Show; Mize Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida
2020 Artists Supporting Artists, 2020 NYFA Benefit Invitational (New York Foundation for the Arts) NYC, NY
2012-2020 Founding Executive Director for a London based social enterprise mentoring young ex-offenders in the application of creative process to the development of small business opportunity
2012 Queens Art X, What If Artists Remade US Economy, Queens, NY
2011 Faculty Exhibition, SUNY Columbia Greene Campus, Hudson, New York
2010 InFUSION Project Space, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Brooklyn, NY, “of nutshells and nuance”, site specific installation
2010 Koussevitsky Gallery; Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA “of saint and syn” site specific installation and artist talk
2010 Splice; Group Exhibition, Distillery Projects; Jersey City, NJ
2009 Brooklyn Art:Work, Group Exhibition, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 In/formation, Group Exhibition, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2008 Trellis; Group Exhibition, Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark, NJ
2008 A Passion for Pixels; Group Exhibition, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY
2008 Hand Drawn, Group Exhibition, Storefront Artists Project, Pittsfield, MA
2007 Information Anxiety, site specific installation, The Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Great Barrington, MA
2007 Ephemera, Group Exhibition, Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA
2006 Triskadekamaniacal, Group Exhibition, Axis Gallery, Chelsea, New York
2006 Gender, Group Exhibition, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2005 Obsession, Group Exhibition, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
2004 Metro Show, Group Exhibition, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ
2004 National Fall Open, Group Exhibition, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT
2006 MFA Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ
1976 BFA Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT