In this gallery talk, Lux et Veritas exhibition featured artist and advisory committee member, Leslie Hewitt will speak to the work of her peers also on view in the exhibition: Mamiko Ostubo, Wardell Milan, Torkwase Dyson, Mike Cloud and William Cordova in concert with her own.
Leslie Hewitt’s approach to photography and sculpture reimagines the art historical still life genre from a post-minimalist perspective. Her geometric compositions, which she frames and crystallizes through the disciplines of photography and film theory, respectively, are spare assemblages of ordinary effects and materials, suggesting the porosity between intimate and sociopolitical histories.
Interested in the mechanisms behind the construction of meaning and memory, she decisively challenges both by unfolding manifestly formal, rather than didactic, connections. Her distinct play on syncopation and juxtaposition makes her work discursive and densely layered. Hewitt furthers such inquiries with site-specific installation, autonomous sculptures, drawings, and the moving image as modalities to contend equally with shifting notions of space and time. Hewitt has held residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Project Row Houses, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, Konstepidemin in Göteborg, Sweden and the American Academy in Berlin, Germany amongst others.
This program is presented as part of the Community Voices Series, NSU Art Museum’s initiative supported by the Community Foundation of Broward, that focuses on exploring social and racial inequalities and challenging social structures, including representation in museums.