Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Edward M. Gomez, January 4, 2010

4 January 2010
Painter-Poet Stephanie Brody Lederman’s Raw Materials: Snippets of Overheard Conversations, Daubs of Restless Color and the Emotional Energy in the Air

NEW YORK – The American artist Stephanie Brody Lederman makes paintings on canvas and paper, and mixed-media objects that are potent cocktails of probing psychological, free-floating emotional and ambiguously poetic ingredients. Based in New York, in recent years she regularly has spent time residing and working in Paris, where she has become an enthusiasticflâneuse, meandering through that ancient city’s narrow streets, soaking up the atmosphere of neighborhoods in which dreamy surrealists once cavorted, and existentialism’s muses danced on the tables of smoke-filled, jazz-pumpingboîtes de nuit.

Or something like that. The point is that, as a researcher on the lookout for inspiration of her own, over the years Brody Lederman has shown herself to be an alert, sensitive and tireless hunter-gatherer of the kinds of stuff in the atmosphere – words and phrases from overheard conversations; the silhouette of a lantern at dusk; the decorative pattern printed on a candy wrapper; the shape and sound of a walking cane – that other faces in the crowd might overlook. Along with an enthusiastic embrace of the emotionally expressive power of color, she has made such elements the raw material of her art.

Through January 9, 2010, the artist is presenting a selection of new works on canvas and on paper at O.K. Harris Works of Artin New York’s SoHo district (at 383 West Broadway).

Posted by E.M.G.

Top, right, and immediately above: New works by the American artist Stephanie Brody Lederman. Top, right: Red Light (2009), mixed media on canvas. Above, left to right: Innocent (2009), inks on paper; Lake View (2009) a mixed-media-on-canvas diptych; and Too Big (2009), another painting made with inks on paper. Photos courtesy of the artist.

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Durst Organization Presents “Ordinary Life”

July 14 – August 27, 2010
Reception: Thursday, August 12th

Stephanie Brody-Lederman
“Ordinary Life”

Durst Organization Show Walls
1133 Avenue of the Americas
New York City 10036

Curated by LL Powers and Kathleen Cullen

In her paintings, Stephanie Brody-Lederman reveals the poetry inherent in ordinary life. She is obsessed by memory and the  potent emotions that remain long after an experience has occurred. Her images are disarmingly simple, almost child-like.  Don’t let this fool you.  Her subject matter is rife with psychological depth and intensity.

Her work pays homage to simple passages of life; standing in a forest of trees after a snowstorm, seeing the blooming of a cherry tree along the banks of the Seine, overhearing a conversation that is full of humor and irony. These paintings memorialize, with simplicity and honor, the complexity of the lives we are living. Brody-Lederman employs words in the same way as a poet or writer, with attention to cadence and multiple meaning.  In effect the works of Stephanie Brody-Lederman are distillations of the close-to-the-bone stories that we each tell ourselves (when we dare to listen.)

Saturday, August 28th, 2010


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