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25 Oct 2017

Judith Leemann: Arvensis

Proof Gallery, The Distillery

Reviewed by Heather Kapplow

The tactility and subtle smell of charred wood are cues that this work plans to give up its secrets slowly, through scrutiny. The way it fills Proof Gallery's space also requires a room's-length perspective. It's open and uncluttered, but look up, look down - something is starting or ending everywhere.

Judith Leeman's work forces reflection on surfaces, so the mind begins to categorize materials: wood, burnt wood, split wood, fabric, paper, photo-paper, rubbery Caucasaian-skin-colored clay. Then focus shifts to pressure: marks left behind by ink or char, blackened hands pressing and pulling against one another, glitchery spread thin against the grain of cloth, a tree trunk bent nearly double by something unseen, text so lightly printed that it's almost invisible.

Stacks of postcards make it clear that there is more to glean than what meets the eyes. At the very least, the collective work is a wrestling with the "how" of political struggle, but it hints further at a tale of a killing.

Exhibition Judith Leemann: Arvensis
Start date 23 Sep 2017
End date 04 Nov 2017
Presenter Proof Gallery link
Venue The Distillery, 516 E. 2nd Street, Boston, MA, USA map
Image Installation view, Judith Leeman: Arvensis, courtesy of the artist

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