Paintings and Collages by Steven Silverleaf

Tues. 3/12/2013 - Sun. 4/21/2013
Opening Reception / Slide Lecture by Steven Silverleaf
Tues. 3/12/2013 @ 7 pm


Steven Silverleaf maintains a Gallery/Studio Space in Carrboro named Art With A View. He was born in 1954 and grew up between New York City, Athens, Greece and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He studied Drawing and Painting at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee during the 1970s where he was also active in poetry and experimental theatre. He returned to North Carolina in 1980 and began his life as a professional painter. His works are in numerous public and private collections across the state including Duke University Medical Center, UNC Hospital, GlaxoSmithKline, Duke University, Sun Trust Bank, and IBM.

Steven will be creating an installation, comprised of collaged elements which will be site-specific to our Louisburg College Lumpkin Community Gallery Space. In a micro-macro manner, each individual composition will be an event in the context of a larger network of possibilities.

"I have always felt closely aligned to poetry and dance when I am creating my work. The first being about ideas, thoughts and feelings that can express the physical, and the second, dance, itself a poetry of motion. I have always tried to adhere to the best of both in terms of line, form and color. I think of color as a gestural and poetic force. My vision is comprised of colors that splash and splatter, are torn and then rearranged."

"I work both in abstract and figurative styles and in any medium that will make a mark upon a surface. People often ask me, 'What am I thinking about when I make work like you are seeing here?' Often I start my answer by quoting a lyric of Leonard Cohen that goes:

We are so small between the stars,
We are so large against the sky.
From the song "Stories of the Street", 1970
This lyric poetically captures my visual references in realizing the creation of artwork. When I am composing a collage, my colors and form address both the universe we feel we own and the universe we are actually in."

Steven Silverleaf