Leonard Lehrer curatorial concept

Our aims
The challenge as curators and catalysts of furthering the art experience: we aim to devise an exhibition that enables viewers to engage with Leonard Lehrer’s vast range of influences without overwhelming them with stimuli. In this way there is room for viewers creative interpretation.

Leonard Lehrer and his Influences
Leonard Lehrer`s work is of a deeply personal nature, but his themes are subtly framed in social issues. His tableaux such as Embarkation to Cythera have a panoramic theatricality that condenses past, present and future.

It is the presence of now, that is evident in his form that blasts open that continuum of history. It is only through using that present form-collage and mix media, that the past begins to seep through the cracks of time. Time collapses and influences from Alhambra, Spain; formal and quasi-mathematical composition in the Gardens of Last Year of the Marienbad; Judaism; Borges; and Anna Katrina flower and bloom out to the viewer, only to drink, taste, enjoy and savor to their own vast array of experiences and influences

Techniques in Relation to other Art Movements
Leonard Lehrer has a broad repertoire of work ranging from Neo-classicism in his early works by Jacques-Louis David and Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres where you can see Leonard Lehrer, like Ingres, searching for his purist form in his painting.

Like Ingres later, he uses in his later works elongated figures that are reminiscent of the Mannerist style. Indeed Jacopo Pontoromo, the Florentine Mannerist Artist can be seen in his later HOMAGE work.

Sensory Experience
We aim to achieve this by bringing in a multi-sensory experience through smells, sounds that evoke a sense of place in Leonard Lehrer’s life that will in turn remind readers of their own memories.

Pastiche and Homage
Pastiche is in this context takes both the meanings:
1.“a medley of various ingredients” and to take various portions of either own compositions or of compositions by other artists and to recombine them, changing and adapting freely.
2. Pastiche is usually respectful (as opposed to parody which is not). It is a device wherein the creator of the pays homage to their own, or another artists earlier style and use of form

We aim to use the device of Pastiche for the exhibition as a vehicle to show the form of immediacy and balance of his early discipline combined with the rise of mass reproductive technologies that he has integrated into his later work. We aim to reveal a dialectical representation that renders obsolete all notions of identity based on ethnic, gendered, national or cultural essential isms.

Art Education
The educational strategy for the project aims to synthesize debates of art, art education, child development. This project aims to reveal how the relationship of art education can be a crucial part of art exhibitions in cultural institutions when they are used in conjunction with curriculum needs to reinforce learning. By examining and implementing methods and resources used in art education departments in cultural institutions in relation to child development we will aim to develop a workshop for children and educators during the exhibition to encourage critical thinking through Leonard Lehrer`s art.
In addition we aim to have a workshop in which children like Anna Katrina that have Epilepsy are able to comment on Leonard Lehrer`s art through their own art creations.