In collaboration with the Central Coast Sculptors Group, San Luis Obispo Museum of Art presents Closure by Leslie Hannon from March 3 – April 2, 2017 in the McMeen Gallery.
Leslie Hannon’s sculpture and assemblages invite closer inspection into drawers, through windows, and around miniature rooms. This sculptural narrative represents Hannon’s journey from businessperson to artist; she created symbolic objects to mentally, physically, and spiritually retire the fabrication machines, office supplies, design materials, and tools that had encompassed her life’s work for 20 years.
As a fabric trim manufacturer, Hannon’s world had consisted of file drawers stuffed with invoices, purchase orders, and sample books from yarn vendors. In one sculpture titled The Child, an armoire is packed with the objects of Hannon’s trade; in the center, her self-portrait rests on a clipboard, gazing at a gold tassel resting in realistically sculpted hands. Machine is another beautifully crafted metal sculpture reminiscent of the antique machines Hannon used to weave textile trims. It is crafted from components appropriated from those manufacturing machines, objects found in Hannon’s studio or her husband’s workshop. Instead of fabric, drawings of machines from the Leslie Hannon Trim studio descend gracefully to the basket below, marking a sense of completion.