Who Can I Be Now?
“The genesis of this self-portrait series is the David Bowie song, Who Can I Be Now? recorded in 1975 but not available until a later version of the Young Americans CD was released in 1991. With the idea being to extrapolate a personal visual journey with lyrics from the song as signifiers, images formed around the conundrum of gender identity and feminism coupled with the theatrics of personal history and meaning. I explored the phenomenon of memetics that identifies the “meme” as the mental equivalent of the “gene” suggesting that cultural transfers of information are just as influential as DNA on persona. My grandmother’s girdle, my father’s football helmet and even my own daughter are in conversation with the past, present and future in a singular moment; allowing me to explore particularly a self that I both imagine and recognize at once.”
Contemporary American photographer Leslie Lyons (b. 1966) uses a unique sensibility to create dynamic portraits that are inspired by and reflect pop culture imagery and the phenomenon of celebrity. Lyons earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and has photographed for such publications as The New York Times, Vibe, and Life Magazine. Her work was recently featured in the coffee table book, ‘NERVE: The New Nude,’ published by Chronicle Books. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Land of Tomorrow Gallery, Louisville, KY (2011-12); Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, New Orleans, LA (2011); and the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2011). In 2009, Art Directors Club in New York City held a solo show of her photographs.
Leslie Lyons: Before
Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:20 a.m. (EST)