New York Sculptor Leah Poller Announces Completion of the “101 Bed Collection” of Bronze Sculptures Celebrating the Bed

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Beds – made and unmade – reveal a surprising view of life’s most intimate space as New York sculptor Leah Poller unveils a comprehensive artistic study of the bed, where a third of life is spent.

Canvas Bed - Homage to Jackson Pollock

The bed is the most intimate stage on which our true selves appear – in birth, death, sex, loving and dreaming. Our language is rich in words that contain “bed”… inspiring me to transform these words into visual images.

Twelve years of focus on the bed in all its literary and visual forms has resulted in the completion of the “101 Bed Collection” by celebrated international sculptor Leah Poller. From an accident caused while moving a large sculpture in her Soho studio, Poller spent many bedridden hours reflecting on the nature of the bed – and came up with a detailed examination of the history, meaning and symbolic nature of where 1/3 of life is lived, and where the most intimate of life’s activities are enacted.

“The bed is the most intimate stage on which our true selves appear – in birth, death, sex, loving and dreaming. Our language is rich in words that contain “bed”… inspiring me to transform these words into visual images,” states Poller.

Convinced that the importance of an unmade bed had gone unexplored, in 2010, Poller began “The Unmade Bed Project” in which people from around the world post an image of their unmade bed on a dedicated site (http://www.unmadebedproject.com). “To see this intimate space revealed by the hundreds tells a never-before told story,” states Dr. Lynn Edlen-Nezin, PhD, professor of motivational studies at Hunter College/CUNY, who is collaborating with Poller on an upcoming book on the subject.

Poller’s sculptures of the bed have been likened to large jewels of the mind, executed with an endless vocabulary of personal and collective experience, and punctuated with emotion and truth of the human condition. Renowned surrealist author and humanist Kurt Vonnegut, on seeing the 101 Bed Collection, said “Poller’s beds blow my mind!”

Poller’s rigorous training at the Beaux Arts (Paris) prepared her to use an exceptionally rich selection of materials, processes and techniques that she applies in a seemingly effortless manner. And like a psychoanalyst, Poller digs deep into the layers of the psyche to reveal the universal, draped in aesthetics, color, form, light and play…a visual tour de force.

Poller invites you to romp in “Bedtime – an homage to Dali”, sway in “Cat’s Cradle”, nibble nocturnally in “Bedtime Snack”, and explore the erotic in “Flagrant Delit”… 101 sculptures where humor, sex, politics, history, sleep and dreams meet under Poller’s bronze gaze.

Exhibited in Mexico City, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, in galleries, museums and institutions, the work of Leah Poller is rooted in the universal space of the conscious/subconscious. Poller has taken one of life’s most significant icons – The Bed - and converted it into a 3 dimensional, visual language of love, pathos, humor, society, aesthetics and culture, conjugated in several languages and crossing mental and emotional borders. In 2012 she will be exhibiting the 101 Bed Collection and the Unmade Bed Project in New York (Capital One Bank), Miami (Lelia Mordach Gallery, and Shanghai.

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About Leah Poller: http://www.leahpoller.com
Leah Poller was born in Pennsylvania. She received classical training in sculpture at the prestigious Ecole Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts, in Paris, France. Partaking of a rich, multi-cultural environment, Poller interacted with foremost members of the international arts communities of France, Spain, Italy and Latin America. Returning to the United States in 1992, she established her studio in Soho and began the series of “101 Beds” which has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2009 Poller moved to Sugar Hill, Harlem. She has recently concluded a 12-year project - The 101 Bed Collection and is working on several portrait commissions. She has been featured on CNN, Fox Television and in numerous art publications. She has lectured extensively and held workshops on creativity. She was named Director of “Intercambios de Arte y Cultural Internacionale”, a not-for profit furthering cultural exchanges between the Americas and spearheading the restoration of a major twentieth century mural, recently discovered to be the work of Philip Guston.

About the Unmade Bed Project: http://www.unmadebedproject.com
Conceived as a global project, NY Sculptor Leah Poller has invited people from around the world to post an image of their unmade bed. The result is one of the most intriguing and comprehensive peeks into a highly intimate space that is rarely exposed to the general public. As social anthropology, it reveals a place/mood/expression of enormous variations and impacts our understanding of intimacy in a never-before exploration of contemporary society. Participants can also record a two-minute dream sequence. The Unmade Bed Project” in book form will be published in Spring 2012.

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