LEIDY CHURCHMAN ‘THE MEAL OF THE LION’
May 21st, 2015

Leidy Churchman’s art comprises a range of mediums: painting, video, sculpture and installation. But painting and its infinite mutability are his main interest in this expansive solo show, his second at a New York gallery. Here, 19 canvasesexplore some of the subjects, styles, moods and meanings encompassed by representation, abstraction included. Materials and process receive acute attention. Most images evolved in some way from existing art, advertising or cartography, but personal imagination registers everywhere.

Especially prominent is “Rousseau,” a reprise of Henri Rousseau’s “The Repast of the Lion,” which shows a lion savaging its prey in an otherwise peaceable jungle kingdom. Mr. Churchman changes Rousseau’s big blue flowers to impassioned hot pink, emphasizing the rambunctious nature of youthful ambition in the china shop of civilization…

ROBERTA SMITH in NYT Arts Beat

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