Leslie Atik


Contact Information

leslie.atik@verizon.net

http://www.leslieatik.com/

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Installation/Fiber Art

Marking Language

Thread :: Language

Studies in grammar

Mixed Media/Fiber Art

Artist's Statement

My work draws on the metaphors shared by language and textiles. Like language, textiles are created by a finite number of essential units that yield infinite creative possibilities. Many of the processes I use in my work are drawn from textile traditions and are based on elements that, through repetition, layering, and transformation, generate a structure. I am engaged by the concept of a universal grammar shared by all people, regardless of their native language. The elegance of this theory has led me to consider the poetic qualities of grammar and has suggested visual possibilities that I explore through the materiality of ink, paint, paper, and thread.

Thread is a central element in my work, giving it both physical and metaphorical structure. In making this work, I also consider the associations provided by commonplace items such as marking tags and map pins. In recent pieces, I have created a “chalkboard” of panel, paper tags or hand-woven cloth to use as the site for my investigations, allowing me a space in which to literally work out my ideas. Handwritten words, threads, tags, and map pins allow me to explore ways of marking aspects of language structure.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo

2008
Social Fabric: An Exhibition to Mark the Constitution of Ticino, commissioned for the international conference, “Why Italian Switzerland?” Logan Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2007
Marking Language, InLiquid at the Bride, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Thread :: Language, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
MFA Thesis Exhibition

Group

2009
Introduction ‘09, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists in cooperation with
The Galleries at Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

2008
NEXUS/Presents Fiber: 8 Artists 8 Viewpoints, Nexus Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2007
4/4: An “In Rare Form Design” Production, Liao Collection, Philadelphia, PA

2006
Gallery in the Garden: Contemporary Works by Emerging and Recognized Artists, Orwigsburg, PA

The Thread Counts Project, Virtual Gallery, Gallery Artists Studio Projects, Brookline, MA
Juried Exhibition

2002
Spring Collection: 2002 Tyler MFA Graduates, Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2001
ARGEROSATIKFINKPOWERSSETABUNDHU, Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Artist's Bibliography

Bibliography

2007
“Leslie Atik at The Painted Bride,” Video Feature, Romanblog

Professional Experience

2008
Guest Speaker, Art Club, The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2004
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Crafts Department, Fibers Area, Tyler School of Art,
Temple University, Elkins Park, PA

2002
Adjunct Faculty, Foundations Department, Tyler School of Art, Temple University,
Elkins Park, PA

Selected Awards and Honors

2009
Fellowship, Career Development Program, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

2002
Tuition Scholarship, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2001
University Fellowship, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Education

2002
Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Elkins Park, PA
MFA, Fibers

1994
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
BFA, Painting, with Distinction
Departmental Honors, Fine Arts 2D Area

1985
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
MA, Spanish Literature and Linguistics, with Distinction

1980
University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
BA, Spanish, summa cum laude