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ABOUT 

As an installation artist with a technology background, my interest in how internet influenced information impacts our lives has been a primary theme at the heart of an iterative studio practice since 2004. The relevancy of this focus has become more acute as we watch and experience the literal dismantling of meaning, truth and fact as the internet has become a ubiquitous source of global information. As the impact of this phenomenon becomes more consequential, my work has taken on a new sense of urgency pushing me to address the challenge in ways that capture this moment in time and its existential influence on our individualism, culture, and socio-political norms. This is achieved through the daily exploration of internet data (text & images) describing global events and bearing witness to the decomposition of fact, truth and meaning as each topic loses its original context at the deepest meta levels. As demonstrated by my work samples, the formal re-materialization of this data as large invasive installations/assemblages using traditional medium, my studio practice can be considered a conduit for a metaphorical and sign-posting endeavor interpreting and documenting the individual subjectivity an internet user might experience searching for information that fits their personal or preferred narrative/comfort zone illustrating the vulnerability of fact-based information and the very definition of truth.

Leslie lives and works in the footills of the south western Berkshire Mountains just over the border of Columbia County in the Hudson Valley region of New York.

Contact

leslie.alfin@gmail.com

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EDUCATION

2006 MFA Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

1976 BFA Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2019-2020       Artist Mentor, The Koestler Trust; 

                         London UK;Art mentorship for

                         incarcerated and recently released   

                         artists

2011-2012        SUNY @ Columbia Greene Campus,

                         Hudson NY

2006-2010        Parsons School of Design, NYC, NY    2005-2006        Montclair State University, Montclair,                             NJ

ARTISTS RESIDENCIES

2022-2023       Global Artists Residency, School of                               Visual  Arts, New York, NY

2004                Summer Residency, School of Visual                            Arts, New York, NY

EXHIBITS

March 2024 META, SUNY CGCC, Foundation Gallery, Hudson, NY

2023 Group Exhibition, HOLIDAY, LABspace, Hillsdale, NY

2023 Group Exhibition, Guild of Berkshire Artists, Pittsfield, MA

2023 Group Exhibition, Sandisfield Art Center, Sandisfield, MA

2023 Yonder Crush; Group Exhibition; Satchel Projects;

Chelsea NYC, NY

2022 Finding A Memory; Group Exhibition, Piano Craft Gallery; Boston, MA

2022 MOSAIC; Two-person exhibit; Guild of Berkshire Artists; Pittsfield, MA

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 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

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