Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Department of Art, Culture and Tourism invite visitors to the Gallery at City Hall to view their latest installation: Faces and Characters by Vera Leon (a journey towards the freedom of immediacy). The exhibition features two-dimensional portraiture composed by painter and illustrator Vera Leon using a variety of media.
Leon calls her recent work, “imaginary creatures asking to be born.” Displayed in a manner that traces the development of her studio practice, the faces of her characters become more expressive as Leon’s process becomes more intuitive.
“In the dialectical struggle between undefined form and empty space, I find images using a method of scribbling which allows me to discover order and meaning in chaos. I see something that intrigues me, I connect to it emotionally and intellectually, and then I give myself the freedom to go either in the direction of figuration or abstraction. This approach leads to the intentional ambiguity in my work, which offers many different interpretations,” Leon stated.
Vera Leon is a Providence-based artist, born in Yugoslavia. Her work will be on display in the Gallery at City Hall through March 12, 2018. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 15 from 4:30 to 6:30 on the second floor of Providence City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street. The gallery is free and open to the public Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.