Leslie Hewitt: Index Array

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1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato City, 106-0032, Tokyo, Japan
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Leslie Hewitt: Index Array

to Sat 20 Aug 2022

Artist: Leslie Hewitt

1F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato City, 106-0032 Leslie Hewitt: Index Array

Tue-Sat 11am-7pm


Perrotin Tokyo presents Index Array, a new exhibition by American artist, Leslie Hewitt. The exhibition presents a new body of work by the New York City and Houston, Texas-based artist titled Daylight/Daylong along with a single low-profile sculpture.

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In 2021, at the invitation of curator Ingrid Schaffner, Hewitt participated in a residency at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. Founded by artist Donald Judd, Chinati is situated on 340 acres of land in West Texas, devoted to the presentation and preservation of permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. Housed on the property, Dan Flavin’s fluorescent light sculptures occupy six barracks on the former grounds of a historic fort. During the residency, Hewitt encountered the installations and considered Dan Flavin’s relationship to architecture, place, and light as structured by the landscape and a longitudinal logic.

In Daylight/Daylong Hewitt presents her research at Chinati in the form of a series of photographs composed as diptychs. On the left side of each composition, Hewitt captures the sunrise streaking across the West Texas horizon, in response to the right side where she frames through abstraction her sensory experience of Flavin’s light installation, untitled (Marfa Project), 1996. Composed inside of an artist-designed wooden box, Hewitt’s frames are set at a parallax with varying depths, giving each work a unique angle. The three-dimensional quality at once invites viewers to engage the works from different sides, and angles, while also questioning the use of optics in the works. Installed in a line, undulating in depth, the works in concert form a syncopation between light and color; past and present. Through the prism of a retina, the lens of a camera, or the angled glass of each frame, light, color, and image are refracted and reimagined in the viewer’s perspective.

Inspired by where time and concepts of space meet and expand, Hewitt’s practice has long meditated on geometries and collage, juxtaposing disparate images or objects to generate a unified form. Whether in the form of a still life, or in her more recent series of monoprints, Hewitt’s assemblage witnesses riffs in time and gulfs in information––particularly histories of erasure. We see this further reflected in Hewitt’s low profile sculpture Untitled, 2017 composed in copper and oak wood. Eleven copper dowels rest atop five wooden boards, each grooved with twelve openings to support the dowels. Installed at an angle, the sculpture generates a grid, proposing a new, soft geometry occurring within the space. Eschewed, each material generates a guiding line, way finding through the architecture of the gallery.

Hewitt concurrently presents a solo exhibition at the Dia Art Foundation’s satellite location, Dia:Bridgehampton, the home of the Dan Flavin Art Institute. The works in Daylight/Daylong were conceived while Hewitt was preparing for her solo exhibition at Dia, a prelude to her presentation alongside the twentieth century light sculptor.

Leslie Hewitt’s work is currently on view in Currency: Photography Beyond Capture as part of the 8th Edition of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg, curated by Koyo Kouoh, Rasha Salti, Gabriella Beckhurst Feijoo, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo, with Cale Garrido at the Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany. Her work is also exhibited in A Movement in Every Direction: Legacies of the Great Migration, curated by Jessica Bell Brown and Ryan N. Dennis at the Mississippi Art Museum, Jackson, MI and the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD; Lux et Veritas, curated by Bonnie Clearwater at the NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale, FL; and Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art, curated by Monique Long, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA and the Telfair Museum, Savannah, GA.

Views of the exhibition "Index Array" at Perrotin Tokyo. Photo by Keizo Kioku. Courtesy of the artist and Perrotin


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