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.
2015 3 Days of Chaos, the Owl and Cat, Melbourne, Australia
2016 The Adventures of Angela and Alfonso, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Distant Intimacy, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 The Mythic Poem, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Small Scale Art Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Group One Finalist, Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, Brisbane, Australia
2015 Wild Horses, Hogan Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 Figures and Faces, Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2015 40x40 Art Exhibition, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Myths and Memories, Beth Hulme Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Milk Crate Show, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Wall to Wall MADA Exhibition, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Atlas of the Unseen and Unspoken, A Constructed World, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2019 Milk Crate Show, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Broken Telephone, Intermission Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Collection: an imagining by emerging curators, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
2019 Physical Absence: A Human Portrait, Missing Persons Space, Melbourne, Australia