October 18 –
December 15, 2018
Léonie Guyer: form in the realm of

Opening reception: Thursday, October 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Our time on earth is fragile, temporary, and brief. Many work to fit as much into it as possible, sometimes with remarkable and even miraculous results, and other times with terrifying and catastrophic ones. And in a moment when attention and visibility is determined not by what you say but by how loudly you say it, it might also be possible to simply listen.

Léonie Guyer's paintings and drawings consist mostly of abstract shapes, usually modest in scale. They are applied to wooden boards, marble fragments, aged paper, or directly onto the wall. In her mind, an artwork is a place where countless decisions are condensed and compacted together, and she intensifies that concentration by keeping her paintings reduced down to their bare essentials: color, surface, and shape.

Guyer is drawn to the moment that precedes language, and her work locates a space that we can’t yet recognize, name, or describe. She uses a repertoire of invented shapes - she calls them "reincarnations" - that are altered, bent, and endlessly re-adjusted. A simple dot or a line will not do. "It wouldn’t be idiosyncratic enough," she says.

If painting lies at the center of this work, different paths lead up to it and emerge out from it. The artist has included a selection of other objects, poems, and videos, bringing this subtle maze of references into the exhibition itself.

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Léonie Guyer (b. 1955, New York City) lives and works in San Francisco.

Léonie Guyer: form in the realm of is curated by Anthony Huberman and organized by Leila Grothe. The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous support from Nancy and Joachim Bechtle, Sarah Meigs, Anthony Meier, as well as the Wattis Institute’s Leadership Circle and Curator’s Forum. Special thanks to Jerry Grant and the Shaker Museum-Mount Lebanon, Toby and Ben Rose, Wayne Smith, and Lezlie Vincent.

Press:
Square Cylinder, by Mark Van Proyen
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, "Untitled, FR-49", 2016; pencil on antique 19th c. French paper. 5.5 x 4.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Phillip Maisel
Léonie Guyer, "Untitled, FR-49", 2016; pencil on antique 19th c. French paper. 5.5 x 4.5 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Phillip Maisel
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, "Untitled, FR-48", 2016; pencil on antique 18th c. French paper. 4.75 x 4.25 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Phillip Maisel
Léonie Guyer, "Untitled, FR-48", 2016; pencil on antique 18th c. French paper. 4.75 x 4.25 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Phillip Maisel
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold
Léonie Guyer, form in the realm of, 2018; installation view, Wattis Institute; Photo: Johnna Arnold