LLANOR ALLEYNE'S "FUGITIVE ECOLOGIES" OPENS AT LEONARD TOURNÉ GALLERY
Thursday, October 29, 2020
October 2020 — New York, NY — Leonard Tourné Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Llanor Alleyne's "Fugitive Ecologies." The exhibition of contemporary collage works is currently viewable online and by appointment and runs through November 15, 2020.
Llanor Alleyne is a Barbados-born New York-raised mixed media artist exploring the transformation and transfiguration of female selfhood through the use of paint and photography. Her work breaks away from the conventional demands of modern collage-making by using originally created abstract paintings on various materials, including mylar and paper, to examine female figurative presentation and the empathetic rapport women are often assumed to have with the natural world.
Alleyne describes the subject matter in her Fugitive Ecologies series as "rebellious botanicals." Started shortly after the artist moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the works reflect a desire to find grounding in a new place amidst surreal circumstances. "They are sprouting up — in their unusual and unique forms — in a city that is heavily marked by parking lots and expressways, in a nearly empty apartment devoid of even one house plant, from seeds planted in the tropics." By "seeds" Alleyne is referring to the paintings, originally created in Barbados, that were used in each collage, creating familiar yet completely imaginary forms that come to life in mixed media.
Alleyne's work has been widely exhibited in the United States and Barbados, including at LeRoy Neiman Art Center, Casa Frela Gallery, Gallery NuEdge, Cube Design Museum, The Embassy of Argentina, and MoCADA Museum. She has been commissioned to design book covers and curate Embassy exhibitions, and she collaborated with visual artist Mark King and fashion designer Bregje Cox on a line for their fashion brand Enclosed Cognition. She is currently represented by Leonard Tourné Gallery.