News Release — Department of Buildings & General Services
January 15th, 2014
Thaddeus Gibson, Curatorial Assistant
The Vermont Supreme Court has opened 2014 with Hardwick artist Ken Leslie’s Golden Dome Cycle and Other Works – Arctic and Vermont, an exhibit at 111 State Street in Montpelier, open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through March 28th. An artist’s reception, to which the public is invited, will take place Thursday, February 20th from 5 to 7 p.m.
Leslie’s work makes broad use of diverse media. He paints on a wide variety of surfaces, including round canvases and shaped panels. The show also features a number of Leslie’s “cycles”, 360 degree panoramas painted on large folded wheels of paper, typically depicting changing seasons or the span of a day. Leslie describes his cycles as follows: “I’ve used this fanning structure to measure time—hours, days, weeks or years. Part painting, part book, part performance art—Time and Location is at the heart of each painting.” The centerpiece of this show is his Golden Dome Cycle, which shows the view from the top of the Vermont State House over the course of one year. Leslie climbed to the top of the dome every other week for over a year to capture the view en plein air.
Leslie draws much of his inspiration from the arctic, and frequently produces his art in that region. His work has brought him to the northern fringes of the globe: Canada, Alaska, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Greenland. His most extreme destination so far has been Svalbard, an island just 800 miles south of the North Pole. Many of the pieces on display in the Supreme Court focus on the immense contrast between arctic summer and winter.
Ken Leslie is a Professor of Fine Arts at the Visual Arts Center at Johnson State College, where he has taught since 1984. He lives with his wife Ruby in Hardwick. He has earned numerous distinctions for his work including visual artist fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Foundation. More information about him can be found on his website at http://www.kenleslie.net.