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Exhibition: Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin

  • Grab Bag Studio 2626 East 10th Street Long Beach, CA, 90804 United States (map)
  • Opening Reception - Thursday, March 16, 5-8PM (no RSVP)
  • Exhibition Period: March 16 - April 15, open by appointment.

Grab Bag Studio is thrilled to present 'Paintings by Matt Wolf x Leeza Meksin' featuring Baltimore-based Matt Wolf who bundles personal narratives into creative explosion paintings and NY-based Leeza Meksin who dresses up paintings and buildings in spandex outfits, using humor and drag to examine our potential queered experience of public space and art history.

Matt's mixed media paintings are ‘creative explosions’ through personal narrative and materiality. Born in Long Island, from a young age he learned to paint from his grandfather who introduced him to the world of Matisse and Picasso. Matt currently studies painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art. 

Working between painting and large-scale fabric installations, Leeza explores the public and private body as it relates to clothing and skin. Fabric, like many materials, has an implied gender based on social conventions. Spandex, in particular, has a dynamic gender-life. Through its use in athletics, theater, and fashion, it simultaneously elicits the feminine and masculine, the queer and burlesque, the glamorous and gaudy. Leeza's work explores queerness through juxtaposing materials such as spandex and neoprene with the more conventional painterly materials like linen and oil paint. In addition, she uses dyes and transparencies to highlight a narrow pictorial space, seeking to re-interpret the rectilinear conventions of painting and architecture and introduce a more body-affirming vocabulary.

Leeza works in painting, installation, public art and multiples. Born in the former Soviet Union, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1989. Her work has been featured in BOMB magazine, TimeOut Chicago, Chicago Tribune and many other publications. She is the recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist grant (2015) and the co-founder and director of Ortega y Gasset Projects, a gallery and artist collective in Brooklyn, NY since 2013.

Photos by Kelly Hamilton, Tim Hsiung, Natalie Mik