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LEOR GRADY, Objects of Affection


Y Gallery
165 Orchard Street, 917-721-4539
East Village / Lower East Side
January 7 - February 5, 2012
Reception: Saturday, January 7, 6 - 9 PM
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Y Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition in New York of Israeli artist Leor Grady curated by Cecilia Jurado. The artist recreates our experiences of the common and everyday moments through remaking and repositioning familiar objects within the gallery space. Navigating between the intimate and the public, imbuing them with poetic meaning.

Leor Grady turns to pillows, handkerchief, paper boat and other objects for this show. Using gestures as piling, threading, casting and folding he redefines the relationships between them and charges them with conceptual and emotional significance. These gestures set up a journey for the viewer into intimate moments of longing and belonging, which talk about Grady’s own questioning of his identity at the heart of his creative practice.

In his own words: “When I lay down in bed, my body’s weight presses against the mattress, my head rests on the pillow and I feel the weight of the covers on my body – I am home. The bed is a place of dream, a territory of desires, a place of vulnerability and rest. Where we die and where we are born every day. Where we live and leave.”

Leor Grady is an Israeli born New York-based artist. His work has been shown in the US and abroad among them at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC; Exit Art, apexart, Dumbo Arts Center, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, and Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel.
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