Lesley Dill: Falk Visiting Artist, Faith & The Devil

  • Sep 13, 2014 – Dec 7, 2014
  • The Louise D. and Herbert S. Falk, Sr. Gallery
Lesley Dill, "Faith & The Devil", 2011-2012 (installation view), acrylic
paint, oil pastel, silver leaf, gold leaf, mixed media on cotton panel.
Courtesy of the artist and George Adams Gallery, New York.

Did you know?

From 2000-2001, Lesley Dill created a year-long community project in Winston-Salem called Tongues on Fire: Visions and Ecstacy

Working in sculpture, drawing, photography, and performance, Lesley Dill uses a variety of media to explore themes of language, the body, and transformational experience. Her large-scale installation, Faith & The Devil, investigates the philosophical and existential conundrums of evil and underlying faith in the world. 

The source and lynchpin for this investigation is Big Gal Faith, an eight-foot tall female figure whose wild hair of words and lavish twenty-six foot wide dress of drawn images and texts express themes of cruelty, violence, lust, forgiveness, reflection, and transcendence. Big Gal Faith is accompanied by an androgynous figure representing Lucifer, who has words of hate on his front and words of joy on his back. The project is a walk through a person’s mind – encompassing a world in which unfathomable actions co-exist with times of reflection and illumination.

Lesley Dill received her BA from Trinity College in 1972 and MFA from the Maryland Institute of Art in 1980. Her work has been widely exhibited and can be found in the collections of the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others.

As the Fall 2014 Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon and the Art Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Dill will present a lecture and gallery talk on her work and participate in MFA graduate student critiques.

Lesley Dill: Faith & the Devil is organized by the Fine Arts Center Gallery at the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Related programs

Artist Gallery Talk • Wed Sep 17 @ 4pm (Open to UNCG students, faculty and staff)

Artist Talk & Conversation with Reverend John Mendez • Thu Sep 18 @ 5:30pm (Open to the public)

POV with Tom Patterson, Author, Independent Curator + Critic • Thu Oct 16 @ 6:30pm

This exhibition is a partner program included in the 2014 17 DAYS Greensboro Festival sponsored by ArtsGreensboro. 17 DAYS 2014 happens from September 19 through October 5, 2014. Expect the best of the best performances and exhibitions including music, dance, theatre, art and more. For festival updates, visit the official website http://17daysgreensboro.org

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