thread paintings and studio experiments

Inquiry

Added on by Heidi Leitzke.

I recently found this long-lost installation shot of my paintings, as part of Inquiry: Five Painting Practices. Curated by Mark Brosseau at Gross McCleaf Gallery in 2008. The show was written about in the Philadelphia City Paper,

"Heidi Leitzke's lush paintings present recognizable organic forms that are transformed into fantastic visions of colorful sensuality."

The exhibition also featured the work of Rachel Wren, Jenny Hager, Chris Burnside and Susan Ziegler.

Second Nature - Closing Reception

Added on by Heidi Leitzke.

Second Nature is an exhibition of paintings, drawings, embroidery paintings, prints, mini sculptures are more, over 70 pieces in total, featuring the work of Dorothy Frey and Heidi Leitzke. On display at Wilson Galleries at Anderson University, this show exemplifies the full range of experiments and ideas these artists have explored over the past several years.

Frey and Leitzke both approach their work with an inventive spirit, while remaining rooted in observation of nature. Frey has dedicated much of her creative energy to discovering the history hidden in the landscape of her family farm, located in Willow Street, PA. She has a particular affinity for trees, and the energy they extend into the surrounding space. Leitzke has spent the last several years creating intricate embroideries based on her paintings, often working within the structural format of a vignette. Color and line as mark-making are important  components of her work, as she explores real and invented places composed of near and deep spaces.

Both artists will be present for the closing reception and artist talk, Monday October 13, 2014 from 6 - 8 p.m., Wilson Galleries at Anderson University, 1100 East 5th Street, Anderson, IN, 46012.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it.

Added on by Heidi Leitzke.

Renowned critic Saltz judges ‘colorful’ 57th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition. Read about the exhibition and my piece in the show in this article which appeared in the Chautauquan Daily, on June 20, 2014.

Gate also earned an Honorable Mention from Jerry Saltz and at the opening reception, when asked to comment on my piece he said, "I love it, I love it, I gave it a mention." Made my day.

Whitney Biennial 2014

Added on by Heidi Leitzke.

I was happily surprised that as I walked through the 4th floor of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, my friend and I commented to each other that we could not believe it, but we were interested in everything. I appreciated the curatorial perspective of Michelle Grabner. I found a strong personal connection to her focus on the artists' hand, handmade objects, tactile materials and rich color. It was really significant to see so many women and artists from the Midwest represented.

 clockwise from top left, Amy Sillman, Sterling Ruby, Dona Nelson, Shelia Hicks   If you click on the image below you will see a little video of Peter Schuyff's carved pencils.

clockwise from top left, Amy Sillman, Sterling Ruby, Dona Nelson, Shelia Hicks

If you click on the image below you will see a little video of Peter Schuyff's carved pencils.