Leisel Whitlock is a multi-media artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Raised in New Orleans, much of her recent work comes from a perpetual search for consciousness and understanding. Whitlock's work spans a media that includes video, audio, still photography, installation, sculpture, and text. She studied at the Welch School of Art & Design, in Atlanta, GA, and has an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
American Pitch began taking shape during an earlier project photographing rural communities in Louisiana’s lower Mississippi River Delta. Among the narratives which inspired the ongoing series are those of generations of women in my family, from my great-great-grandmother to me, and our experiences confronting white supremacy. Often these narratives are unspoken, hidden, or embedded in objects or places. Materials used in this work can include various elements, such as, ordinary furniture, plaster, rubber, metal, clay and acrylic.
Krowswork Residency July 11-Aug 13 2016
RESIDENCY: THE ELEMENTS: EARTH
The structure of this residency is an acknowledgment of the value of "a higher-level, more complex thing [that] incorporates contradictions" -- in other words, a space that is both appropriate to this incredibly complex moment in historico-spiritual time and one that I feel is already intuitively understood and held by women.
key words: MATERIAL LABOR, NEW GEOGRAPHIES,INSTINCTUAL KNOWING, REMEMBERING, FUTURE GROUNDING
The 2016 Krowswork Residency program presents four month-long cycles of three artists in the space at a time, plus a video by a fourth artist shown in the gallery as well as streamed online
Sacrifice zones are places harmed by environmental damage or economic and social disinvestment. This series explores what it means to create a distance—between artist and subject, between image and viewer—through radically altering the digital photographs with fiercely shifting colors and strained legibility. Eyeball-assaulting vibrancy captures the viewer's attention, yet these images have an internal contradiction. Though they demand to be noticed, images of recognizable subjects dissolve into a nearly impenetrable wall of abstraction. Seeing does not always mean understanding.
2017 Arternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York NY
2016 FU In the Most Loving Way, Arc Gallery, San Francisco CA
Whitlock, Leisel. “Giving a F*ck: Art That Makes Women’s Invisible Condition Visible.” Interview by Peter Lawrence Kane. SF Weekly, Dec. 2016, Print.
Tanya Augsburg, Liz Leger, Judy Shintani and Leisel Whitlock. "WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY." Interview by Esme Agilar. Broadcast. WOMEN HOLD UP HALF THE SKY. KALX, 17 Dec. 2016. Radio.
Curator, ArtTag- Inspire, Village Theatre Art Gallery, Danville CA
2015 A Change is Gonna Come, Augusta Savage Gallery UMASS Amherst , Amherst MA
12, Warehouse 416, Oakland CA
2014 Framework, Faultlines Art Space, Oakland, CA
2013 Let’s Talk About Love Baby, Printed Matter, New York NY
2007 A Natural Order:Artists Exploring Artifice and the Organic, Claypool-Young Gallery Moorehead State University, KY
2003 The Others, Gallery 1926, Chicago IL
Transit, Ogilvie Transportation Center, Chicago IL