What: Leslie Ditto "Humanity Lost" XUE Wang "Time off For Good Behaviour"
Opening Reception, Saturday, February 23, 8:00 - 11:30 p.m.
Dates: Exhibit runs; February 23 - March 16, 2013
Contact: Gary Pressman, Director Copro Gallery
Copro Gallery presents artist, Leslie Ditto's second solo show with Copro titled "Humanity Lost". This body of work focuses on mankinds' attempt to control nature with Leslie's stylized, anthropomorphic depictions of animals in captivity.
Leslie Ditto was born in Memphis, TN where she attended Overton High School for the performing and visual arts. Leslie was accepted to Otis Parsons Art schol in 1988, but only breifly attended due to a terminal illness in her family. She would go on to teach herself how to paint inspired by the tradition of the "Old Masters" such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Rubens, Raphael, and Rembrandt. These strong influences, as well as a love for modern fantasy and surreal art, all contributed to her current style of painting.
XUE Wang's "Time off For Good Behaviour" is her second solo show with Copro and concerns Crimes both heinous and petty & Criminals legendary and laughable; here is a shadow world filled with the extremities of the human zoo. The offenders seem powerless to break the cycle of their transgressive behaviour- drawn like moths to the consuming flame. Are their victims though wholly innocent? Have they perhaps conspired with their tormentors in some way? The cunning fox steps unwittingly into a trap laid by an equally savvy and unfeeling missy. The aging harridan is served a tea that is to put paid to her incessant nagging. My treatment of this thorny subject is intended to both amuse and question our reactions to crime. On the face of it these actions are morally repugnant and merit our censure. But we are all guilty, at unguarded moments, of feelings of superiority, vanity, lust and cold calculation: the impetuses of crime.
XUE was born in northern China in 1980, the year of the mischievous monkey. After a BA degree in Fashion in China at Lu Xun Academy of Fine Art in Shenyang she relocated to London at age 22 to finish her MA at University of Westminster. Painting and drawing, playing around with ideas, juxtaposing images and allowing her imagination free reign have all helped guide her development however her career has not followed a linear path. The self-reflective intimacy of art, which has always been latent in her, forced Xue’s transition from fashion to painting.