Leah Yerpe

“I use the human figure in my work because we cannot help but project on and relate to it. The bodies in my work are multiplied in different poses, twisting, floating and falling on a ground purged of contextualizing marks. I never pose my models; they have free reign to move in an immediate, improvised dance”.

This looseness contrasts with a fastidious drawing technique, where Leah Yerpe captures the bodies of her models as if formal elements in a collage. She sees them transformed from free individuals into symbolic figures. This is akin to the transformation of human experience in mythology and religion. The influence of mythology on her artwork is often hinted at in the titles, though Yerpe’s work is not a direct illustration of the stories. What the artist is after is that kernel at the heart of the story, the core that will always resonate human experience.

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LEAH YERPE

Born 1985, Cattaraugus County, New York
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

Education
2009 MFA Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2007 BFA State University of New York, Albany, New York

Solo Exhibitions

2018 Soliloquies, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Levitation, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2014 Stellify, Dillon Gallery, New York City
2013 Stellify, (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York City
2012 Infinitum, Dacia Gallery, New York City
2011 Illuminations, Dacia Gallery, New York City
2010 Lost in Space, Weeks Gallery, Olean, New York
2009 Leah Yerpe: Thesis Exhibition, Pratt Studios Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2004 Images in Black and White, Jamestown Community College, Olean, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 FLUID, Steuben Gallery Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York
2017 Summer Cool, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2017 Upbeat, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 Observations: A Digital Life, Norwood Club, New York City
2016 Summer Hours, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2016 A Fine Line – Masterwork Drawings, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg, California
2016 Winter Tales, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2015 Summer on Chelsea-Élysées, Anna Zorina Gallery, New York City
2014 Summer, Sex, and Spirits, Hudson Terrace, New York City
2013 New York (traveling exhibition), European House of Art, Mazières-de-Touraine, France; Erfut, Germany; Sibiu, Romania
2013 Highlights, (Le) Poisson Rouge, New York City
2012 Holiday Show, Dacia Gallery, New York City
2012 Anonymous: The Contemporary Portrait, Chautauqua Institute,
Chautauqua, New York
2012 WagMag Benefit Art Auction, The Boiler, Brooklyn, New York
2012 Reflections, Dacia Gallery, New York City
2012 Hyperboreans, Dacia Gallery, New York City
2011 Governor’s Island Art Fair, Governor’s Island, New York
2011 Unlucky Art Social, 269 Meserole Loft, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Japan Society Benefit Exhibition, Smile Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2011 Wide Open, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Winter Salon, Elga Wimmer PCC, New York City
2010 Small Works Invitational, The Painting Center, New York City
2010 Governor’s Island Art Fair, Governor’s Island, New York
2010 Remedy, The Loom, Brooklyn, New York
2010 Wide Open, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, New York
2009 Pratt MFA Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York City
2009 Exchange, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey
2008 Small Works, Lucky Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2008 BYOA Exhibition, Steuben South Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2008 Refinement, Aswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2007 First Year Works, Steuben East Gallery, Brooklyn, New York
2007 Erie Art Museum Annual Spring Show, Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania
2007 Senior Exhibition, Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, New York
2007 Great Lakes Emerging Artist Competition, Adams Art Gallery, Dunkirk, New York
2007 Faculty Select, Rockefeller Arts Center, Fredonia, New York
2007 Monotype and Intaglio, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, New York
2006 Fredonia Five, 150 Central Gallery, Fredonia, New York
2006 Figures, Emmitt Christian Gallery, Fredonia, New York
2005 UB-Fredonia Exchange Show, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
2005 Art Forum Annual Exhibition, Williams Center Gallery, Fredonia, New York
2005 SUNY Student Art Exhibit, State University Plaza Gallery, Albany, New York
2005 Emerging Painters, Palace Gallery, Jamestown, New York
2005 30th Annual Jamestown Community College Young Artists Exhibit,
Jamestown, New York