Employing intricate references to cultural history, science, religion, and other social phenomena, Wells engages in a dialogue with the unknowable by reinterpreting source material culled from the past. These works—which hinge on scaling, cutting, and sculptural placement of disparate elements—emphasize the boundaries of what is knowable and definable, pointing out the mysterious and multi-perspectival nature of truth, reality and fiction.
Wells’ sculptural constructions explore both the textural and philosophical tensions between what we accept as fact and what is deliberately hidden from view. Bisecting planes and objects, vivid globules of painted surfaces, and clusters of shapes that approximate abstract geometries coagulate to form ironic monuments to the act of representation and the desire to make sense of our surroundings.
Leigh Wells holds a BFA from the University of San Francisco, with further study at the San Francisco Art Institute, Crown Point Press, and Parsons/New School in New York. Exhibitions include a recent solo show at Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco and group shows at ZieherSmith Gallery, NY; and Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco.