As Above, So Below: Lezley Saar's "Monad" at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

October 1, 2014 6:58 PM

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As Above, So Below: Lezley Saar's "Monad" at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Lezley Saar's latest exhibition "Monad" features mixed-media paintings of melancholic Victorian ladies floating through space on cellular vehicles. Gottfried Leibniz defines a Monad as "an unextended, indivisible and indestructible entity that is the basic or ultimate constituent of the universe, and a microcosm of it."

The detailed, phantasmagorical paintings suggest an equilibrium upheaval. Influenced by mysticism and metaphysics, specifically Madame Blavatsky's "Secret Doctrine" published in 1888, which espouses the belief that the microcosm and macrocosm are connected, Saar's surrealistic work imagines fictitio...

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