Exhibition Dates: 06/20/12 - 07/15/12
Opening Reception: 06/20/12, 6-8pm
Leon Alesi is a portrait photographer interested in exploring connection, vulnerability and intimacy with his subjects. "Personal Space" is a series in which Alesi interacts with people in their private environments. Shooting his subjects in their homes, Alesi becomes witness to the subtle ways one inhabits a space. The portraits are rich in information and narrative, each with a unique honesty. Inner details are revealed, enhanced by the intimate nature of the individual’s home and the clues within. The images act as quiet escapes, voyeuristic avenues leading to a myriad of personalities, environments, space and time. Alesi manages to unveil what is not readily available to the outside world; sometimes exposing things that even the subjects themselves are unaware of. What results is a process of discovery, shared by photographer, subject, and finally viewer.
The final work is presented as large-scale color photographs. The size and intimacy of the pieces allow the viewer to gaze freely and construct their own fictional account of the scene, creating one where self-discovery, perception, individuality, and connection supply the context.
Born in New Jersey, Alesi received his B.A. from Rowan University but is a self-taught photographer. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Texas and throughout the country. He recently received Best in Show in the New Directions 2011 show curated by David Bram and was featured in the March 2011 issue of Fraction Magazine. He currently resides in Austin, TX, where he has lived for the past 19 years. To view more of his work, please visit his website: www.leonalesi.com