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Leslie Hewitt

The Artist's Eye | Reading Room

Acknowledging the crucial role artists play in influencing and shaping other artistic practices, ‘The Artist’s Eye’ series asks those exhibiting in Gallery 1 to invite an artist of influence to present work in Gallery 2. In this instalment, Eric N. Mack has invited artist Leslie Hewitt.

They first met at The Studio Museum in Harlem’s open studios in 2008. Mack eventually worked with Hewitt in 2009 at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, where she taught for one semester as a visiting artist. Mack has referred to their encounters as “fated” and her art practice as contributing to his approach to artmaking. They both held artist in residence positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Hewitt in 2007-2008 and Mack in 2014-2015, indicating its centralising role for artists. 

Within her own art practice, Hewitt is known for her work that traverses between photography and sculpture. Engaging both through the mechanisms behind the construction of meaning and memory, she works serially, exploring relational systems, language patterns; and practices of archiving, collective knowing and unknowing, through various forms of ephemera and collage which are developed and transformed into the artist’s own visual positioning. For her first exhibition in Ireland, Reading Room, Hewitt will present two modes of working in her practice: Rough Cuts (2022) and Reading Room: Forty-two (2019). 

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The Artist’s Eye
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