Leigh Ledare (MFA graduate 2008) was invited to the Neiman Center in 2012 to realize an over-scale installation project in print titled, An Invitation. An edition of 16, the project incorporates the artist's photographic work of documentation combined with installation. The result is a didactic edition of seven photolithography works with an appropriated censored version of a private commission contract. The overall project combines portraiture with text by the artist atop and alongside of the New York Times front cover sheets. The print media used is offset photolithography, silkscreen, collage and handwritten text by the artist.
This project was previewed in the artist's second solo exhibition, An Invitation, at Pilar Corrias Gallery in London from May 24 - June 21, 2012. Following this venue, the installation in its entirety was presented in Ledare’s first solo institutional exhibition at Wiels Centre d’art contemporain in Brussels from September 8, 2012 - December 2, 2012. The work has also been exhibited by Kunsthal Charlottenborg in Copenhagen.
Working with photography, archives, film and text, the focus of Ledare’s practice lies in an investigation of how we are formed as subjects, not merely at the level of identity but at the level of our projected desires, motivations and aspirations. These inter-relational drives often impose irreconcilable demands on the individual. His work explores these ambivalences as they relate to agency, representation, self-presentation, and issues produced by the enactment of his work in the context of the real world. For seven consecutive days from July 22, 2011 to July 28, 2011, Leigh Ledare was commissioned by Mrs_____, a respected writer and the wife of a highly prominent public figure, to stay at the home of her and her husband in order to make a series of erotic photographs that featured Mrs_____ as their subject. The sanctioning by Mrs_____ to allow Ledare the right to incorporate the commissioned photographs within a new body of work was agreed under the proviso that the identity of her and her husband, and their respective families, remains undisclosed. (Quote excerpted from Corrias Gallery press release 2012.)
Leigh Ledare (Born in Seattle, Washington in 1976) beyond the two recent solo exhibitions from 2012 into 2013 this year at WIELS, Brussels and Kunsthal Charlottenborg, past solo exhibitions include: The Box, Los Angeles (2012); The Confectioner's Confectioner, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London (2010); Double Bind, The Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Moscow (2010); Pretend You’re Actually Alive, Les Rencontres de Arles, Arles (2009).