Join us for an inspirational evening to launch the exhibit featuring emerging local Minnesota artist Leslie Barlow as she kicks off her “A Familiar Portrait of Labor and Love” exhibit at THE Gallery at Le Meridien Chambers.
"This new series of paintings feels like I’m working at the edge of myself––painting into the
future what knowledge I wish I had in the past, barely able to keep up with the
churning of my mind and the layers of stories I increasingly hold. I hope to find home in
visual explorations that challenge superficially-simple narratives and change our
perceptions of family normalcy; I find that our visual culture born in white supremacy
leaves little room for complex representations that are neither/both, non-binary. And so
I am in the pursuit of creating a new language, one that is both improvised and rooted
in history. The juxtaposition and collision of different story-telling mediums (photography,
quilting, painting…) become a merging of narratives, experiences, culture, and
identities. What results is not the desire to simply have dialogue, but to manifest the
power of images. Created are a visual palette of experiences that are familiar to me
and so many others, experiences that have not been traditionally apart of the lexicon
of painting––which gives both viewers and I space for growth, empowerment,
understanding and love." - Leslie Barlow
Experience the movement 7PM - 10PM with vibes from DJ Kirkabee and complimentary wine.
See you there!