Rachel Leibman – Illuminations

Rachel Leibman – Illuminations

On view from January 26–April 25, 2010

Rachel Leibman, Illumination #21, 2008, collage from ancient manuscript images, 20 x 16 inches

Using images of ancient manuscript pages as her palette, Leibman pieces together and “paints” pictures in bright, vibrant colors in her exhibition, Rachel Leibman – Illuminations. New forms emerge through this process, resulting in both figurative and non-figurative images drawn from a rich variety of sources. The languages visible in the tiny pieces used to create each work range from 

Egyptian hieroglyphics to Hebrew, as well as many others.

The pictures also convey Leibman’s interest in shared history and human connectedness, concepts which transcend the boundaries of geography and language. By combining visual remnants of different cultures, the works reflect on how society has become more global and hybridized while also celebrating the unique contributions of various cultures.

About the artist

Leibman’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft, NJ, Elizabeth McGraw Gallery in Livingston, NJ, and the Synagogue for the Arts in Tribeca, as well as in numerous group shows. She lives and works in New Jersey.

Rachel Leibman, Illumination #18, 2008, collage from ancient manuscript images, 20 x 16 inches

This exhibition is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.