A Posteriori

A Posteriori

JUNE 20TH – AUGUST 1ST, 2020

Liliana Bloch Gallery is excited to announce the opening of its new location at 4741 Memphis Street, in the Design District, with a group exhibition entitled A Posteriori. This exhibition aims to open an honest conversation about how the current world health crisis has affected, threatened, and challenge every aspect of our present and future life as we know it. The full roster of participating artists is: Nathalie Alfonso in collaboration with Edison Peñafiel, Tim Best, Sean Cairns, Alicia Eggert, Ann Glazer, Ryan Goolsby, Alicia Henry, Letitia Huckaby, Vince Jones, Kathy Lovas, Shawn Mayer, Leigh Merrill, Bogdan Perzyński, Bret Slater, Pedro Vélez, and Sally Warren.

This exhibition will be open to the public by appointment, following a strict protocol of safety measures. Masks will be required to enter the gallery. 

A virtual opening party will be held on Saturday, June 20th. We will announce more regarding our virtual opening soon. During the run of this exhibition, the gallery will also have a corresponding interview program that will feature national and international guests that will serve as a platform to discuss the pandemic as well as other congruent themes that are relevant to our current state. The gallery would like to stress that we are aware and sympathize with the financial instability many of us are dealing with, so participant artists have been given the option to submit work that reflects the difficulty of artmaking during current conditions. Despite this, the work presented aims to be received as a pure sentiment, in solidarity with all those who have been affected by the pandemic.

We are excited to be back, albeit under the most unusual circumstances, and we look forward to adapting to uncertainty while maintaining the same level of quality and service we have always aspired to. We trust that our patrons, collectors, local art organizations join us as we explore different ways of supporting artists and the arts community.

Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

Hear My Words That I Might Teach You

MAY 13TH – MAY 31ST, 2020

A group survey featuring works evoking concepts of time, solitude, & reflection.

“Hear My Words That I Might Teach You,” a reference to Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” is an online exhibition proudly presented by Liliana Bloch Gallery. The exhibition is a survey of the gallery’s diverse roster through a selection of works that evoke concepts of time, solitude, and reflection.

As we collectively navigate through new struggles, “Hear My Words That I Might Teach You” advocates for introspection. During a time where altruism is more important than ever, the works featured in this exhibition aim to exist as imperative reminders of the importance of caring.

Featured Artists: Nathalie Alfonso, Myra Barraza, Tim Best, Alicia Eggert, Ann Glazer, Ryan Goolsby, Lynne Harlow, Alicia Henry, Letitia Huckaby, Vince Jones, Kathy Lovas, Shawn Mayer, Leigh Merrill, Bogdan Perzynski, Bret Slater, Simón Vega, Pedro Vélez, Sally Warren.

Visual Art Source

“Leigh Merrill’s photographs are steeped in postmodernist ambiguity, revealing the anxiety and desire that grips our time. The artist manufactures a sense of uncertainty from a photo-collage technique that results in completely fabricated realities drawn from multiple sources.”

-John Zotos

Read the full article here.

Read more about Leigh Merrill here.

2019-04-27T19:28:21-06:00April 27th, 2019|Leigh Merrill, Press|

Whitewaller

Whitewall made a magazine guide for people visiting Dallas for the 2019 Dallas Art Fair. Including other art to see, hotels to stay, places to shop and eat, and more while visitors are in town enjoying the Dallas Art Fair.

They featured American Martini, Leigh Merrill’s solo exhibition at Liliana Bloch Gallery on view until May 4th, as one of the exhibitions to see while in town for the Dallas Art Fair.

Read the full article here.

Read more about Leigh Merrill here.

Also featured in Whitewaller’s 2019 Dallas edition of the magazine is our very own, Liliana Bloch! Liliana gives her take on what she enjoys about Dallas as an Art Insider.

Read that article here.

2019-04-27T20:44:07-06:00April 27th, 2019|Leigh Merrill, Press|

Patron Magazine

In the April 2019 issue of Patron Magazine, Brandon Kennedy wrote an article about Leigh Merrill’s work under the “Studio” section. The article, entitled, “Chockablock Distortions Left Waiting: Leigh Merrill’s Colorized Grafts of Hauntingly Unfamiliar Spaces.” beautifully describes the intricacies to Merrill’s work. As the article mentions, Leigh Merrill’s solo exhibition, American Martini is now on view at the gallery.

Read the full article from the Issuu online Patron Magazine publication here

Read more about Leigh Merrill here.
Patron Magazine April 2019 Leigh Merrill Article
Patron Magazine April 2019 Leigh Merrill Article “Chockablock Distortions Left Waiting: Leigh Merrill’s Colorized Grafts of Hauntingly Unfamiliar Spaces.”
2019-04-27T18:43:57-06:00April 1st, 2019|Leigh Merrill, Press|

American Martini

American Martini

MARCH 30th – MAY 4th, 2019

Additional works on view at the 2019 Dallas Art Fair/Booth C3 April 11 – April 14

American Martiniby Leigh Merrill reveals a world that once verdant now appears in a state of dormancy or suspension. Through subjects including urban landscapes, still lives, and dense fields of foliage, Leigh Merrill echoes contemporary anxiety and desire embedded in objects and places.

Working primarily with photography, Leigh Merrill creates digitally collaged photographic and video works that explore the impact of desire, simulation, and perception on our contemporary landscapes. Familiar elements such as the lawn, manicured and manipulated plants, new buildings that mimic other eras and locations, reveal a culture of perpetual longing. The urban landscape is often a post-modern offering of architecture, simulating or referencing other eras or locations. This simulation reveals the desire for what is being referenced; and the mass of our landscapes – built for the car and continuous growth – embody an aspiration for forward momentum within it’s very infrastructure. Merrill’s photographs and videos seek out this longing and desire while echoing the cultural, historical and perceptual forces that impact our experience of place.

Most of Merrill’s digital collages are seamless enough so that on first glance the photographs and videos appear real and slowly through observation reveal their constructed, composited nature. There is a delicate balance for Merrill when creating her work – the images can only be so fake, so real, opening up a space between to consider ideas about beauty or an emotional response of longing, melancholy, humor. Her images are not documents of reality, but they could be thought of as documents of our contemporary, post-truth, post-modern reality.

READ MORE ABOUT LEIGH MERRILL HERE.

2020-09-10T15:30:21-06:00March 7th, 2019|Exhibitions, Leigh Merrill, Past Exhibition|

PaperCity Dallas

Liliana Bloch Gallery celebrates a successful run at the 10th annual Dallas Art Fair. The risks that gallerist, Bloch took in renting a booth at the annual fair paid off with the Dallas Museum of Art’s acquisition of a piece by represented artist, Alicia Henry as well as priceless exposure for her other represented artists such as, Leigh Merrill, Ryan Goolsby, Bret Slater, and Bogdan Perzyński. 

Read the full article here.

Liliana with Untitled by Alicia Henry
Liliana shows off by an Alicia Henry piece she exhibited at the 2018 Dallas Art Fair in April
photo courtesy of PaperCity

The Dallas Morning News

‘The term “photography” encompasses a broad spectrum of practices and applications.

From journalists on the front lines to weekend hobbyists, from old-school wet process junkies to new-school digital wunderkinds, the umbrella of photographic practice is continually expanding. The very definition is an ongoing subject of conversation within photographic circles (particularly photography as a fine art practice).

For many, a photograph is simply an image that captures an event/place/person as it occurred or looked in front of the lens. Even today, with an endless array of image-altering programs literally at our fingertips, there remains a degree of veracity associated with the photographic.’

Read the full article here.

Read more about Leigh Merrill here.
Parking
Leigh Merrill, Parking, 2016, pigment print, 24″ w x 21″ h (framed)
2019-04-05T21:08:40-06:00February 2nd, 2017|Leigh Merrill, Press|

THIS PLACE

May 14 – June 18, 2016

The Liliana Bloch Gallery is pleased to announce a new exhibition by Leigh Merrill: THIS PLACE, an exhibition of composite images that examines the construction of desire, fiction, and beauty in our urban landscape.

Merrill’s process involves making thousands of individual photographs, videos, and audio recordings while exploring a city or neighborhood, then digitally assembling these sources to create photographs and videos of imaginary spaces. Certain composite images have some veracity, but more often, they suggest visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail.

The subjects in Merrill’s photographs are often ubiquitous objects and architecture, contributing to spaces that feel familiar but not recognizable. They tap into some of the conscious and subconscious visual cues, barriers and borders we create in our environment. THIS PLACE includes photographs of the urban landscape juxtaposed against still life photographs, which act as both conceptual and formal mirrors for one another, and reveal yearnings of desire and fabrication.

pictured above: Leigh Merrill, Blue, 2015, archival pigment print, 28″w x 23″h, edition of 5

Read more about Leigh Merrill here.
2019-04-04T18:37:36-06:00May 14th, 2016|Exhibitions, Leigh Merrill, Past Exhibition|