This exhibition brings together recent work by Williams College art professors Aida Laleian (b. Bucharest, Romania, 1955) and Steve Levin.
Combining photography, collage, hand-coloring, and digital printing, Aida Laleian has long challenged viewers’ expectations of traditional media. In these large-scale, hanging banners, Laleian offers the viewers lush arrays of contorted bodies, historical costumes, and baroque backgrounds. Her meticulous pieces draw attention to the contrast between the rapidity of digital photography, and the painstaking process of embroidery.
Steve Levin’s oil paintings make explicit the eccentricity of the everyday. Exploiting familiar imagery within strange scenes, his paintings seductively invite the viewer to project her own memories and associations. Depicting dense mélanges of ephemera, Levin creates microcosms in which objects ranging from paper dolls to rarefied art mix and mingle.