Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Leslie Awender

11 Aug

Now Be Here: Leslie Awender #709

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Leslie Awender

Studio Corner, 2007
Archival pigment print from Polaroid original
30 x 30½”

From Leslie Awender:

Leslie Awender (Ah’ vender) is a Los Angeles-based visual artist who firmly believes in the metamorphic potential of debris. In her quest to liberate discarded objects from their familiar forms, she employs a variety of image-making equipment and techniques, ranging from photographs and photograms to tintypes and Polaroids.

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, Awender spent a year in Namibia teaching ESL and photographing the physical and cultural landscape of southern Africa. Upon returning to the US, she began her creative studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She then earned a Professional Certificate in Photography from the Maine Media Workshops and subsequently received the Juror’s Award at the Photo 99 National Juried Exhibition. She received the Elkind Fellowship and earned her Master of Fine Arts from Mills College in Oakland, California. She was awarded an Artist Fellowship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, where she produced the critically acclaimed series Virginia Red Earth. Her work has been published in The Photo Review, and photographs from her Chinese Lantern series have been chosen as an Official Selection at the International Photography Awards.

Past shows include Photo LA XX; Medienkunstmesse (Media Art Fair) and Contemporary Art Ruhr in Essen, Germany; Image/Project, the Arlington Art Center’s National Photo and Video Show; and the all-sculpture show Hanging Gardens, where she exhibited her living sculpture, Two and a half, four and a half, six and a half.

Awender’s book Variations on Mira has been added to the Museum of Modern Art/Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection. Her works are included in numerous private collections throughout the United States.

Leslie Awender

Ring, 2010
C-print, 30 x 37½“

Arlington Arts Center

Washington Post

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

Beacon Arts

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellows






The Whole 9 Gallery

Dreaming Tracks*


Beginning, 2009
16 x 24”

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Leslie Awender- Now Be Here LA artist #709

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