Recently I was interviewed by Art Spiel for part of its series, “Artists on Coping.” Along with some images of recent works, the piece gives a snapshot of what I’ve been thinking and feeling since COVID-19 transformed the world and all of our lives.
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My drawing Eagle Street 2 (ink on vellum, 10.5 x 9 inches) will be part of the benefit for the Institute for Public Architecture, on Thursday, May 23, 2019, 6:30–10PM.
Address: Jack Studios, 601 West 26th St., 12th floor, in Manhattan.
Come to a great space with amazing views, for a great cause!
Tickets are $50 per person; $25 for young professionals and students. Free-flowing libations and light fare included.
Tickets can be purchased here.
My studio is full of recent works and some works in process and will be open to visitors Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, 12–6 pm, during Greenpoint Open Studios.
Address: 253 Greenpoint Avenue, #4A, Brooklyn, NY 11222
If the GOS weekend is not convenient, please feel free to contact me to visit at another time.
I was honored to once again participate in the “Among Friends” project, with this 9×7-inch work on paper, Egg Moon, made with watercolor, gouache, and tinto (an ink I made by soaking some wood I collected in Mexico, 3 years ago). It is available for $250, with 10% of all sales donated to the Lower East Side Girls Club.
During the summer of 2018 and continuing into 2019, my drawing Hover is part of the “Infinite Potentials” SciArt Center exhibition at ArtCell (Cambridge, U.K.) and New York Hall of Science (New York City), in collaboration with the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. The Cambridge edition of the show was on view June 14–July 14, 2018.
The exhibition at the New York Hall of Science is on view from September 8, 2018, through January 22, 2019.
Mid-show reception: Saturday, October 20, 2018, 2–4 pm
Address: 47-01 111th Street, Corona, New York 11368
Visitor info: https://nysci.org/visit/
The opening reception for the exhibition “Found Object” is Friday, January 4, 2019, 6–8 pm.
There will be an artist talk on Sunday, January 27, at 4 pm.
I was the artist-in-residence at ODETTA from December 20 through January 1, creating site-specific drawing installations in various locations in the gallery and in its flat files, all responding to particular features of the space.
Please let me know if you would like to meet at the gallery for a personal tour of my works, which will be demolished following the exhibition.
ODETTA, 231 Cook Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening reception: January 4, 2019, 6–8 pm
On view: January 4–27, 2019
Gallery hours: Friday–Sunday 1–6 pm and by appointment
Thirteen recent paintings will be featured in “Adaptations to Extremes,” an exhibition inspired by the research of Dr. Joan Bernhard, from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and her colleagues, in their study of foraminifera that thrive without oxygen in the Pacific Ocean near Santa Barbara, California.
Courthouse Gallery, Lake George Arts Project, 1 Amherst Street, Lake George, NY 12845
Opening reception: January 19, 2019, 4–6 pm
On view: January 19–February 22, 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Friday 12–5 pm, Saturday 12–4 pm, and by appointment
Panel discussion: Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3 pm
Bolton Historical Museum, Bolton Landing, NY 12814
I will join other participating artists, curator Laura Von Rosk, and scientists Joan Bernhard and Sam Bowser, with writer Michael Coffey serving as moderator, to discuss the importance of Bernhard’s research, as well as the challenges and insights resulting from this year-long art/science dialogue, and our endeavors in artistic creations and interdisciplinary connections.
This work, featuring an approximately 9×9-foot painting on paper and painted elements on the window, is inspired by aspects of the window and its location on Main Street—such as the Manhattan skyline seen from DUMBO, the remnants of streetcar tracks in the road, and the window’s dimensions and features—with references to the vibrancy and resonance of the city and the water.
The image above is a small detail of the upper-right corner of the piece. More images and updates can be found on my Instagram feed: @deannaclee.
On-site painting and installation will take place during the week of August 27.
The work will be on view 24/7, for about two months.
Opening reception: Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 6–8 pm
Address: 1 Main Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
For three weeks in June 2018, I had a temporary studio in a vacant storefront in New Rochelle, New York. There, as one of fifteen artists selected for the city’s “Stacked!” public-art project, I painted my custom multicolor design of undulating waves that wrap around a roughly 7-foot-tall fiberglass form of the city’s logo: the vertically stacked letters NRNY. (The image above is a detail of the work in the studio.)
My artwork is inspired by the traces and rhythms of perpetual change and transformation that we can observe and feel in the nature that surrounds us—for example, the cycles of life that we can see in plants, like trees and flowers, and the nonliving but always shifting patterns of winds, rains, and tides. Even in densely settled urban places, we can sense and notice these natural systems, and I think they deeply resonate with and enrich the dynamic life of the city.
More images of the work, both in-process and detail views, can be seen on my Instagram feed, @deannaclee. There, I will also post information about the placement of the work in the city, which is planned for September 2018.
In June 2018, one of my Candy Memorial works was included in the “Monument in Miniature” exhibition, organized by ABC No Rio. This wonderful gathering of artists offered a great opportunity for me to show one of my few experiments in sculpture.
The Candy Memorial series of works transforms casts of the spaces that once held candies into sober talismans, with forms that resemble ceremonial architecture, such as burial mounds and tombs of ancient civilizations. Each work measures about 1.5 x 4 x 4 inches.
In December 2016, thanks to Off-Site Art, an enormous banner version of my painting AWGP:4 (the last image seen in the series AWGP) was installed in the Piazza Duomo of L’Aquila, Italy, as part of the reconstruction process following a devastating earthquake in 2009. The banner was deinstalled in the summer of 2018.
In 2017, I was a participant in the Ligo Project’s “Art of Science” program. Some of my works, made in collaboration with the lab of Jayne Raper, will be on view during the program’s multimedia gallery night, along with the works of five other artist-and-scientist partners.
My photographs and digitally altered drawings were inspired by two forms of imaging that I learned about through the lab: the western blot, a technique used to detect proteins in a sample, and the 3D models and animations of the motility and morphometry of swimming parasites called trypanosomes.
February 7, 2018, doors at 7 pm
Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY
$5 suggested donation
Exhibition on view through February 17, 2018.
180 Grand Street, Jersey City NJ 07302
Gallery hours: Friday 4–7pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–6pm
319 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211