Public-art project for New Rochelle


For three weeks in June 2018, I had a temporary studio in a vacant storefront in New Rochelle, New York. There, as one of fifteen artists selected for the city’s “Stacked!” public-art project, I painted my custom multicolor design of undulating waves that wrap around a roughly 7-foot-tall fiberglass form of the city’s logo: the vertically stacked letters NRNY. (The image above is a detail of the work in the studio.)
 
My artwork is inspired by the traces and rhythms of perpetual change and transformation that we can observe and feel in the nature that surrounds us—for example, the cycles of life that we can see in plants, like trees and flowers, and the nonliving but always shifting patterns of winds, rains, and tides. Even in densely settled urban places, we can sense and notice these natural systems, and I think they deeply resonate with and enrich the dynamic life of the city. 

More images of the work, both in-process and detail views, can be seen on my Instagram feed, @deannaclee. There, I will also post information about the placement of the work in the city, which is planned for September 2018.

Exhibiting one of my rare sculptures


In June 2018, one of my Candy Memorial works was included in the “Monument in Miniature” exhibition, organized by ABC No Rio. This wonderful gathering of artists offered a great opportunity for me to show one of my few experiments in sculpture.

The Candy Memorial series of works transforms casts of the spaces that once held candies into sober talismans, with forms that resemble ceremonial architecture, such as burial mounds and tombs of ancient civilizations. Each work measures about 1.5 x 4 x 4 inches.

Ligo Project


In 2017, I was a participant in the Ligo Project’s “Art of Science” program. Some of my works, made in collaboration with the lab of Jayne Raper, will be on view during the program’s multimedia gallery night, along with the works of five other artist-and-scientist partners.

My photographs and digitally altered drawings were inspired by two forms of imaging that I learned about through the lab: the western blot, a technique used to detect proteins in a sample, and the 3D models and animations of the motility and morphometry of swimming parasites called trypanosomes.

February 7, 2018, doors at 7 pm 
Littlefield, 635 Sackett St., Brooklyn, NY
$5 suggested donation
https://www.ligoproject.org/

Recent appearance on Canadian television

Along with three other August artists-in-residence at Kingsbrae International Residence for the Arts (KIRA), I was a guest on the Rob Patry Live show, and the episode is now available on YouTube! I appear in the second and third segments of the program, talking about a range of topics: the residency, the nature of the place and its relationship to my work, being an artist, living and biking in Brooklyn, Chicago, and St. Andrews (sections 20:25–25:00; 34:18–37:58).

Bushwick Open Studios 2017

I will be showing some recent drawings in a group exhibition and works-in-progress in my studio, which will be open to the public September 23–24. On view will be works I made earlier in 2017 and during a month spent in New Brunswick, Canada.

Exhibition: “Mapping Bushwick”
on view September 22–28
In-Case Art Projects, lower level of Brooklyn Fire Proof, 119 Ingraham St., Brooklyn, NY 11237
Viewing hours during BOS weekend, September 22–24: 11AM–6PM
Opening reception: Friday, September 22, 6–9PM; closing reception: Thursday, September 28, 6–9PM

Open studio: 117 Grattan St., #420, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Visiting hours: Saturday–Sunday, September 23–24, 12–6 PM

Exhibition at CRS

On view at CRS from May 3 through July 12, 2017: ten paintings from two bodies of work—AWGP and hair/cloud/wave—separated by several years, which demonstrate my perpetual exploration of patterns derived from and inspired by natural forms and systems.

Viewing hours: Sunday–Friday, 10 am–10 pm; Saturday, 10 am–6 pm
CRS is located near Union Square in Manhattan: 123 Fourth Avenue (between 12th & 13th Streets), 2nd floor (above Think Coffee), New York, NY 10003.

Deanna’s work in Kentler benefit

I’m very happy my work After Eagle: Surge is part of the “100 Works on Paper” benefit, to support the excellent nonprofit institution, Kentler International Drawing Space. Each work is priced at $300 (early-bird purchase by April 30: $400 for 2 works). 

I will be present at the opening reception: Friday, April 28, 6–8 pm
Exhibition dates: April 28–May 14, 2017  
Open to the public: Thursday–Sunday, 12–5 pm
Located in Red Hook: 353 Van Brunt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231

benefit info: http://www.kentlergallery.org/Detail/events/315
preview of the works: http://www.kentlergallery.org/Detail/events/313

“Visual Inquiries: Artists Inspired by Science”

Several of my paintings and drawings will be in the exhibition Visual Inquiries: Artists Inspired by Science, curated by Daniel Hill.
On view October 11–November 8, 2016
Exhibition reception: October 18, 5–7 pm 
Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University, 
9 Spruce Street, New York, NY 10038. 


Located in Lower Manhattan just south of the Brooklyn Bridge
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 For information, please contact finearts@pace.edu / 212-346-1397, ext. 11397.
Viewing hours: Mondays 12:30–4:30 pm, Tuesdays 12–5 pm, Thursdays 12:30–5 pm, and by appointment (dhill@pace.edu).
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“Falling In” at Trestle Projects

In an exhibition about the Gowanus canal, I made two site-specific drawing installations, which span several irregularly shaped walls and the ceiling.

**UPDATE: The exhibition has been extended through Friday 10/28 for visits by appointment: trestleprojects@gmail.com; 917-923-8096.

Falling In, curated by Melissa Staiger
Opening Saturday, October 1, 7–9 pm; on view October 1–22, 2016.
The gallery will be open during Gowanus Open Studios: Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 12–6 pm.
Trestle Projects, 400 Third Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Gallery hours: Saturdays 1–4 pm and by appointment

BOS 2016: open studios and related events

The myriad events of Bushwick Open Studios (BOS) will take place from September 30 through October 2, 2016.

My studio will be open to visitors October 1 and 2, 12–6 pm.
117 Grattan Street, #420, Brooklyn, NY 11237

I am also participating in three BOS-related exhibitions:

1. Seeking Space: Making the Future, organized by Michael David and Julie Torres 
Opening September 30, 6–10 pm; on view through October 16
David & Schweitzer Contemporary, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Gallery hours: Thursday–Sunday, 1–6 pm, and by appointment
WGS5
My painting WGS5 (seen above) was selected for a pre-sale auction on Paddle8 to benefit Arts in Bushwick, the organizing entity behind BOS. Bidding closes on Friday, September 30, at 5 pm EDT.

2. NOMENCoLorATURE II, organized by Paul D’Agostino
On view October 1, 2–6 pm. (Also Saturday, October 22, 7–9 pm for “Exchange Rates II: The Bushwick International Expo”)
Centotto, 250 Moore Street, #108, Brooklyn, NY 11206

3. Made in Ridgewood, organized by the Ridgewood Artists Coalition
Opening reception: October 1, 6–9 pm. On view October 1–15; gallery hours 12–6 pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
Outpost Artists Resources Inc., 1665 Norman Street, Ridgewood, NY 11385