Defying easy categorization, the works—which utilize tropes of landscape and figurative painting while denying representation—are depictions of abstract notions of spirituality, mythology, and the elemental (and often invisible) fabric of life manifested in physical forms.
Inspired by a range of esoteric sources that include Egyptian objects of worship, the films of Alexander Jodorowsky, the color theories of Rudolf Steiner, music from the 1960s, and the practice of worldly Asceticism, Leibowitz’s compositions are lush, spectral, and otherworldly. Rather than being reflections of objects as seen by the eye, the works are conduits that allow viewers to open themselves to higher powers—earth, wind, fire, water, and the deities that weave the web that connects everything, including our souls, to the natural world.
Adela Leibowitz is a New York-based artist whose work has been exhibited in shows at hpgrp Gallery, Tokyo, Japan; Bo-Lee Gallery, Bath, United Kingdom; Holster Projects, London, United Kingdom; Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Canada; The Observatory in Brooklyn, New York; and Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama, to name a few. Past solo shows include Jack the Pelican Presents (2004) Brooklyn, NY and 33 Bond (2009) New York, NY.
Leibowitz, who holds an MFA from The New York Academy of Art, has currently been awarded a studio residency at Chashama. Previous residencies include the Millay Colony in Austerlitz, New York and P.S. 122 in New York, NY. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NY Arts Magazine, Whitehot Magazine, The Village Voice, New American Paintings, Time Out New York, Art of England, and American Art Collector.
Currently, an exhibition she curated, The Unseen, is running at The Torrance Museum of Art.