Zachary Leener

Shekhinah

January 10 - February 16, 2020

Opening Reception : January 10, 2020 6-8 pm

Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (_____ for JM), 2019fired and glazed clay18 x 17.5 x 25.75 inches, 45.72 x 18.42 x 66.68 cm
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (loveseat IV), 2019fired and glazed clay20 x 8.25 x 26.25 inches, 50.80 x 20.96 x 66.68 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (breathturns for ________ with torn morsels), 2019fired and glazed clay20.25 x 7.5 x 26.75 inches, 51.44 x 19.05 x 65.41 cm
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (Merkavah's vessel), 2019fired and glazed clay18.5 x 6.75 x 24.5 inches, 48.90 x 20.32 x 65.41 cm
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (bhav), 2019fired and glazed clay17.5 x 7.75 x 26 inches, 44.45 x 19.69 x 66.04 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (loveseat III), 2019fired and glazed clay19 x 8 x 26.75 inches, 48.26 x 20.32 x 67.95 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (shekhinah), 2019fired and glazed clay18 x 7.25 x 26.25 inches, 45.72 x 18.42 x 66.68 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Shekhinah (stillpoint inducer), 2019fired and glazed clay19.25 x 8 x 25.75 inches, 48.90 x 20.32 x 65.41 cm
Zachary Leener, Figur (I), 2019ink and colored pencil on Ruscombe Margot du Couvent 1ère Cuve 2015 paper13 × 11 inches, 33.02 × 27.94 cm
Zachary Leener, Figur (II), 2019ink and colored pencil on Ruscombe Margot du Couvent 1ère Cuve 2015 paper13 × 11 inches, 33.02 × 27.94 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020
Zachary Leener, Figur (III), 2019ink and colored pencil on Ruscombe Margot du Couvent 1ère Cuve 2015 paper13 × 11 inches, 33.02 × 27.94 cm
Zachary Leener, Figur (IV), 2019ink and colored pencil on Ruscombe Margot du Couvent 1ère Cuve 2015 paper13 × 11 inches, 33.02 × 27.94 cm
Zachary Leener, Figur (V), 2019ink and colored pencil on Ruscombe Margot du Couvent 1ère Cuve 2015 paper13 × 11 inches, 33.02 × 27.94 cm
Zachary Leener installation at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 2020

Press Release

Klaus Gallery is excited to announce an exhibition of new ceramic sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Zachary Leener, opening January 10.

Each of the eight domestically scaled works made for this exhibition feature a duo of sentinel-like ovoid forms bookending mutable configurations between them. The convex exterior structures are glazed in mild tones and precise checkered patterns, and seem to converse with each other while presiding over a set of more raw and tactile constructions within.

Leener’s practice emphasizes a philosophi-spiritual approach to artmaking, a cleansing labor where objects are imbued with answers to the questions the studio asks. The title of this exhibition, which is the title of each of the individual works on view, is “Shekhinah,” a term borrowed from Jewish mystical theology with an elastic array of definitions: a dwelling or setting; a divine presence; a holy fire burning in each home. In the tradition of the Kabbalists, Shekhinah could be a dual-gendered god presence in union with itself, a split aura revealing a single supernal point.

Thus, for our purposes, Leener’s sculptures conjure open-ended cosmological questions through the repetition of these typological motifs. Each work is a single split figure, a pair in intimate negotiation, and a trio of interrelated forms. And each is an attempt to embed the residue of a resolution within its unique form.

In addition to the sculptures on view, Leener will exhibit a suite of new drawings that derive from his 3-dimensional works, and suggest his more expansive codex of forms. In these ink and colored-pencil pieces, we find the gridded figures of the sculptures transformed and transposed into solitary objects of repose, embedded in cloud-like structures and floating along gently through expanses of endless color.

Zachary Leener (b. 1981) lives and works in Los Angeles. He received an MFA from UC Riverside and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Notable solo and two-person exhibitions include those at the Manetti-Shrem Museum of Art (Davis, CA), Cooper-Cole (Toronto), Tif Sigfrids (Los Angeles) and Lisa Cooley (New York). In addition to the show at Klaus, in 2020 Leener will stage a solo exhibition at Parker Gallery (Los Angeles).