Reynolds Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of recent works by Leigh Suggs entitled Double Vision. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artist on Friday, January 8 and continues through February 19, 2016.
Suggs’ exhibition title Double Vision refers to overlapping planes and simultaneous imagery as it impacts one’s vision, a concept which the artist has interpreted and explored for years. Suggs channels her fascination with the mystery and psychology of sight through her drawings, collage works and large-scale installations. She states, “I am interested in an in-between space during the act of seeing. The in- between space lies on the spectrum of the reality in front of us and what our brain tells us. It is within this “pure” space, that an individual can experience an unaltered, unaffected, and unchanged vision. While this purity can only exist for a fleeting moment, that moment defines the highest peak of personal experience. After this moment passes, the sight/vision can never be the same. We are constantly bearing witness to the inexpressible, and this fleeting moment of pure seeing is something we should all revel in.” Consumed by images seen and unseen, the artist obscures normal perception by manipulating spatial relations of geometric and organic shapes, using back-painted paper to cast shadow colors behind her works, and playing with reflective surfaces such as holographic paper and silver mylar.
The artist’s most recent works on paper included in Double Vision demonstrate the artist’s obsessive nature as her gridded and cut paper crosses into infinitesimally small patterns and thousands of minute cut-paper circles amalgamate to form dense constellations of marks and geometric forms. The intangible and inexpressible optical illusions created in each piece lure in the viewer, pulling him or her into an experience of seeing that is at once immediate and elusive. Spots, dots, and zig-zags roam in and out of focus, leaving a visual residue that challenges the reality of the lines, colors and patterns seen in each piece. Although two dimensional in nature, Suggs transforms the works on paper into sculpture-like forms through her manipulation of shadows, applied color, and reflections. The individual is left to decipher the piece’s existence as sculpture or flatwork, illusion or concrete, much as Suggs’ practice continually asks “What am I really seeing?”.
Leigh Suggs was born in 1981 in North Carolina and currently resides in Richmond, VA. She received her BFA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2003 and her MFA from the Virginia Commonwealth University in Craft and Material Studies in 2015. Gaining recognition throughout the area, her work has been shown in multiple group exhibitions across North Carolina and in Richmond, VA. Her recent shows include her MFA thesis exhibition, Trying to Exit Here (2015), Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA;; New Work: Grid References (2011), The Nevica Project, Chicago, IL;; In Visible Light (2015), LIGHT Art + Design, Mapping My Mind (2015), Horace Williams Gallery, all, Chapel Hill, NC. Suggs has been awarded several grants and honors, including a residency at the Quirk Hotel & Gallery, Richmond, VA. Her work is a part of corporate collections, including Markel Corporation and Fidelity Investments, as well as multiple private collections in North Carolina, Illinois, and New York.