To The Waters and The Wild

March 19 - April 24, 2015
Rita Leduc
green-stripe painting by Rita Leduc
09.30.14 Amphitheater (Wells)
2014, acrylic, marker, gaffer tape, amphitheater lawn, etc.
painting with red stripes over landscape by Rita Leduc
09.03.14 Woods Lot (Wells)
2014, fabric, vinyl, gel, acrylic, trees, field, etc.
painting with purple and white over landscape by Rita Leduc
09.23.14 Yellow Brush (Wells)
2014, vinyl, duralar, acrylic, marker, field, brush, etc
painting with pink flags over landscape by Rita Leduc
10.28.14 Flags (Wells)
2014, fabric, acrylic, spray paint, flags, trees, leaves, etc

The work comprising "To The Waters and the Wild" was created during Leduc's frequent visits to the Wells College campus during the fall of 2014, and finalized during a residency on campus made possible in part by funding from the College's Scholar In Residence program. In a process she describes as "integrated painting," Leduc works on-site to create gestural brushstrokes on translucent substrates, producing a visual collaboration between paint, landscape, and vantage point. She then records this encounter through photography and video. The resulting hybrid images cite the tradition of plein air landscape painting, while underscoring the contingent confluence of space and perception in the moment of encountering the natural world. While an audience familiar with the Wells College landscape will inevitably seek to identify familiar sites in this work, Leduc's photographic depiction of painted gestures and slick reflections invites viewers to identify both with her process and her exploration of new environments.

Leduc's work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in venues in New York City and surrounding areas, most recently by Project 59 in Brooklyn, and in a two-person, multi-media exhibition entitled "I Like You Better Now" in Buffalo, NY. Leduc earned her MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Leduc currently serves as Project Manager for No Longer Empty, an organization dedicated to developing community-oriented exhibition programing in Brooklyn.

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