Memorandum: Leslie Brack
September 6-October 18, 2017
Leslie Brack’s delicate watercolors of old metal filing cabinets limn every distinguishing surface detail — pulls, labels, rust, dents, locks, shadows, scratches, etc. — of her thrift store subjects. The artist’s faithful renderings emphasis a frontal format, presenting viewers with the mute faces of closed drawers. As portraits of technological obsolescence that conjure, in her words, objects both “empty and accumulating”, what’s inside no longer matters. Cropped to the scale of tombstones, they are relics of an analog age, recalling a bureaucratic world of particle board cubicles, touchtone phones, and inboxes buried in paper. Brock’s light, nuanced hand, however, imbues them with a melancholic longing, an empathy for their exhausted purpose that transcends mere documentation. Her careful portrayals are doleful and solicitous as a result, transforming her subjects’ stolid, banal forms into symbols of loss and transience.
Leslie Brack is a painter living in Ithaca, NY. She holds an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and currently teaches art in the Cornell University Summer College.
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