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Leslie Blackmon

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Doily Baa-rton

Doily Baa-rton

Crochet Sculpture

20"H x 24"W x 16"D

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Photo by Miriam Rosenthal

Li-baa-race

Li-baa-race

21"H x 24"W x 16"D

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Photo by Miriam Rosenthal

Jackson Baa-ollock

Jackson Baa-ollock

20"H x 24"W x 16"D

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Photo by Miriam Rosenthal

Robert Baa-uschenberg

Robert Baa-uschenberg

Crochet Sculpture

25"H x 24"W x 16"D

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Photo by Miriam Rosenthal

Baa-Andy Warhol

Baa-Andy Warhol

Crochet Sculpture

27"H x 24"W x 16"D

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Photo by Miriam Rosenthal

Artist Statement

I split my studio practice evenly across my three favorite media: painting (oil and acrylic), mixed media, and collage. My work ranges from figurative to non-representational abstraction, as my content and process dictate.

Much of my work is narrative in nature. I frequently find my content in literature, as well as in old photographs of people and places significant to me. At times I work entirely from memory, using whatever visual reference I can find to help me tap into memories of places, people or events. Once I latch onto a story or concept, I develop it through series of small works on paper, and later I use these as a springboard to develop larger paintings. Mark-making and symbols, as well as expressive brushwork, are my most important visual storytelling tools. When a particularly important image emerges during the course of my work, it may become the sole subject of the next series; with this kind of exploration, I enjoy coming up with as many variations on an image as I can, and the resulting array of related but disparate pictures is very satisfying to me. Currently, I am working on one such project -- a series of small oil paintings of mules, which currently number about 35. I expect to make dozens more, and to cap this series off with some larger paintings of my favorite beasts of burden.

Resume

Leslie Blackmon

3905 Jocelyn St., NW

Washington, DC

leslieblackmon@mac.com

www.leslieblackmon.com

Selected Exhibitions

2019

National Juried Exhibition (May 4-June 16, 2019), Delaplaine Arts Center, 40 Carroll St., Frederick, MD. Juror, Sandy Guttman

Folksy: Cultural Traditions & Outside Visions (April 26-Sept 22, 2019), Annemarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, Dowell, MD (National Juried Show) Juror: Elaine Eff

2013-2018

2013-2018: Annual Student Shows at Washington Studio School

2018: Certificate Students' Show, Washington Studio School (Jan 9-February 9, 2018)

2012:

Bedtime Stories/Storytelling Through Art (May 2-27, 2012), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Judith A. Greenberg.

All-Media Exhibition (June 6-July 2, 2012), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Mark Cameron Boyd.

2011:

BAA-MERICA! Solo Exhibition (May 5-June 6, 2011), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Jurors: Jacqueline Ionita, Anne Marchand, Shauna Lee Lange (crochet/mixed media sculpture).

Emancipation and Freedom/All-Media Exhibition (June 7-July 3, 2011), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Norman Parish.

Coming Home/Lighting Out (May 11-June 3, 2011), Capitol Hill Art League Gallery. Juror: Jack Rasmussen.

Women Interpreting the Female Form (March 2-8, 2011), Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA. Juror: Raphael Fitzgerald.

2010:

Curves/All-Media Juried Exhibition (May 6 - June 6, 2010), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: E. Warren Perry.

Herstory/All-Media Exhibition (March 11-April 5, 2010), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Barbara Rachko.

All-Media Juried Exhibition (January 6 – 31, 2010), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Steven Munoz.

2009:

Becoming Animal: All-Media Exhibition (November 5 – December 5, 2009), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Jesse Cohen

All-Media Exhibition (April-May 2009), The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA. Juror: Daniel Shay. Honorable Mention.

Art Education:

2018:

Completed Requirements for Master Certificate of Drawing and Painting/Washington Studio School, Washington, DC/Graduate Show Scheduled for Fall 2019

Other Education

1984: JD, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

1980: BA, Auburn University, Auburn, AL (English)

Events

November 1 - 30, 2019

Leslie Blackmon/Solo Graduation Show

Washington Studio School, 2129 S St., NW, Wash., DC

exact show/reception dates TBA

April 26 - September 22, 2019

Folksy: Cultural Traditions & Outside Visions

Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center/Dowell, MD

National Juried Show (4 fiber sheep sculptures); Juror's Prize

May 4 - June 16, 2019

Delaplaine Arts Center/National Juried Exhibition 2019

40 S. Carroll St., Frederick, MD

Opening Reception: May 4, 2019/3-5pm

April 3 - 30, 2019

Touchstone Gallery Members' Show

901 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

August 17 - September 21, 2018

Washington Studio School: Annual Juried Student Show

Washington, DC

January 9 - February 9, 2018

Certificate Students' Show, Washington Studio School

Washington, DC

November 3 - December 14, 2014

My Cat Max: 30 Ways in 30 Days

Modern Times Coffeehouse, Washington DC at Politics and Prose Books

Modern Times Coffeehouse is located inside the Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave.

June 6 - July 2, 2012

All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Juror: Mark Cameron Boyd

May 2 - 27, 2012

Bedtime Stories -- Storytelling Through Art/juried exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

June 7 - July 3, 2011

Emancipation and Freedom/All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

May 11 - June 3, 2011

Coming Home/Lighting Out Juried Exhibition

Capitol Hill Art League Gallery, 545 7th St., SE, Wash, DC

May 1 - 31, 2011

Baa-AMERICA!

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Solo Exhibition of My Crocheted Sheep Sculptures

March 2 - 28, 2011

Women Interpreting the Female Form Juried Exhibition

Workhouse Arts Center, Lorton, VA

November 3 - December 6, 2010

Large Works All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

May 6 - June 6, 2010

Curves/All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

March 11 - April 5, 2010

Herstory/All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

January 6 - 31, 2010

All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

November 5 - December 5, 2009

Becoming Animal, All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

May 30 - July 11, 2009

Creative Crafts Council 27th Biennial Juried Exhibition

Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD

November 17, 2008 - June 19, 2009

Bi-Annual Art in City Hall Juried Exhibition

Alexandria, VA

April 9 - May 3, 2009

All-Media Juried Exhibition

The Art League Gallery, Alexandria, VA

Honorable Mention

March 4 - April 9, 2009

Annual Tribute to Fiber Art, Juried Exhibition

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

August 5 - September 7, 2008

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery

Alexandria, VA

Jurors' Recognition

March 26 - April 22, 2008

Annual Tribute to Fiber Art, Juried Exhibition

Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD

Honorable Mention

March 18 - April 20, 2008

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery

Alexandria, VA

Jurors' Recognition

October 9, 2007 - March 14, 2008

Bi-Annual Art in City Hall Juried Exhibition

Alexandria, VA

Second Prize

May 26 - July 6, 2007

Creative Crafts Council 26th Biennial Juried Exhibition

Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD

January 9 - February 4, 2007

Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery

Jurors' Recognition

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