The Future Histories Project
Photographer Hugo Glendinning said "If you can revive it, it's not dead". Artist Leonie Leivenzon revives items discarded and forgotten within books that have been donated to op shops. Sometimes resuscitated while at other times reincarnated, these items and the books in which they were found serve as the source material for a series of artworks.
The Future Histories Project stems from a compulsive drive to collect and collate while at the same time striving to prolong the life of objects which otherwise had reached the end of their useful existence.
Rather than working with one particular medium, the ideas generated from the different items and books determine the varied forms of the artworks. The works are therefore grouped in the form of volumes and chapters according to the concepts from which they originate.
The work also addresses concepts that dispute the duality between human and non-human, animate and inanimate. While it may be a response to one object or one book, The Future Histories Project as a whole is a record, not just of the books and objects but of the people who donated them, thereby establishing a thread connecting all the different components with myself and the viewer.
About Leonie Leivenzon
Originally trained as a doctor, Leonie worked as General Practitioner for 15 year before becoming a hypnotherapist. She has now changed careers once more to become an artist and is in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Monash University in Melbourne.
3 Days of Chaos, The Owl and Cat, Melbourne 2015
The Adventures Of Angela And Alfonso, Brunswick Street Gallery, 2016
Distant Intimacies, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne 2018
The Mythic Poem, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne 2019
Brunswick Street Gallery Small Scale Art Exhibition, Melbourne, 2015
Wild Horses, Hogan Gallery, Melbourne, 2015
Group One Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, 2015
Figures and Faces, Beth Hulme Gallery and Studio, Melbourne, 2015
Brunswick Street Gallery 40 x 40 Exhibition, Melbourne, 2015
Myths and Memories, Beth Hulme Gallery and Studio, Melbourne, 2016
Milk Crate Show, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, 2018
Wall to Wall MADA Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne, 2018
Milk Crate Show, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, 2019
Broken Telephone, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, 2019