new-york

Leigh Behnke

Fischbach Gallery

In the oils and watercolors featured in this show, New York artist Leigh Behnke offers provocative investigations of the relationship of seeing and knowing. Employing multiple formats that recall the structure of Renaissance predella panels, she launches a sophisticated assault on the conventions of seeing underlying the pictorial illusionism. Behnke invites us to consider the notion of three dimensionality, supported by the familiar system of fixed perspective and cast light and shadow, as the veritable cornerstone of the Western representational tradition. Her paintings of interiors, suburban houses, and city buildings plunge the viewer into the perceptual firmament of the world of appearance that complicates the observation of objective reality and, at the same time, removes us from it through the constructive artifice of artmaking.

In Morning Light: 2nd Version, 1989, the upper panel

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