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Lesley Dill: Faith & the Devil    Apr 20 - Jun 2, 2012

Faith & the Devil
Lesley Dill
Faith & the Devil, 2011-2012
 
Faith & the Devil
Lesley Dill
Faith & the Devil, 2011-2012
 
Faith & the Devil
Lesley Dill
Faith & the Devil, 2011-2012
 
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From April 20th through June 2nd the George Adams Gallery will present an exhibition of new work by Lesley Dill. The exhibition, titled “Faith and the Devil”, consists of a single large-scale installation of twodimensional wall panels with texts and images filling the entire gallery, along with an 8-foot tall female figure in a 26-foot diameter dress. Working with multiple themes such as forgiveness, cruelty, lust, transcendence, the installation addresses as Dill’s states, “Faith is in itself is a conflict. Inside it is a tension between equanimity and fear of horrors, whether from the outside world or the interior mental world”.

Each wall presents a theme as part of a cycle of narratives with text taken from a wide range of authors such as Franz Kafka, Pablo Neruda, John Donne, and Vladimir Nabokov whose works explore, as Lesley Dill writes, the “philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith.” Walls such as “Small Queen of Cruelty and Dismemberment” provide collaged-phrases of war and corruption that are contrasted with other wall texts such as, “Forgiveness” and “Drunk with the Great Starry Void”. The figure placed in the center of the gallery serves as an embodiment of this conundrum by incorporating all the language both good and evil.

“Faith & the Devil” finds its origins in several of Dill’s previous works, notably her opera, (“Divide Light,” 2008), performed at the Montalvo Art Center in California, as well as her installation devoted to the New Orleans preacher, artist, and poet Sister Gertrude presented at the Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans 2010.

“Faith & the Devil” will remain on view through June 2nd. For images of the installation and wall panels as well as the artist’s statement, please visit the gallery’s website at www.georgeadamsgallery.com

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