Sharon Levy: Canopy

Individual standing under Sharon Levy's motion sculpture.
Sharon Levy: Canopy, (2017), Handmade abaca paper, string, wood, paint, Kee Klamp, hardware, pulley, rope, 120”w x 72”h x120”d.  Photo credit: Jeff McLane. Model: Drew Davis

Canopy

Sharon Levy

November 2, 2019—February 16, 2020

Artist Sharon Levy creates sculptural installations, paintings and drawings that explore both a sense of wonder in the natural world, exploring her fear and sadness about its destruction. With subjects both large and small, she focuses on the interactions between humans and nature to find beauty, darkness, nostalgia, and the desire for escape.

Canopy, is a mobile made of wooden dowels and handmade translucent green paper leaves. Light shifts slowly through the rustling leaves as the sculpture continuously changes size and shape. Canopy celebrates perfection in nature, while embracing the absurdity of attempting to recreate that perfection.The work was generated through the artist’s interest in the tension and humor that develops between the sculpture’s handmade construction and its evocative representation.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Sharon Levy is from Atlanta, GA and graduated from Bard College with a B.A in studio art in 1999. Upon graduating, she was the recipient of the Bard Fellowship in Sculpture and attended the 1999 summer session at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts, Bard College. She completed her M.F.A. in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego in 2007. The artist had a solo museum show of her project The Woodat the Santa Monica Museum of Art in 2007. She has participated in group exhibitions in New York, San Diego, Atlanta, Tijuana and Los Angeles. In 2010, as one of ten West Prize finalists, she received an Acquisition Award for her piece Cookie, which is now a part of the West Collection, housed in Oaks, PA. She is currently a member of Forum II, an artist cohort/residency through the Torrance Art Museum.  Levy lives and works in Los Angeles.