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Leslie Vigeant: Habit & Home

August 1, 2020 - August 16, 2020

An installation view of a sparsely decorated room with wood veneer walls and red neon lights lighting the walls and corners. One wall has a tapestry hanging, with a black and white diamond pattern and the words "I WILL TRY" in white lettering.

Habit & Home reflects on automatic and practiced numbness and the cyclical, unceremonious rhythms of coping. With dulled senses and heightened emotion, the state of intoxication becomes a space for rapture, mislead or misread sexuality, comfort, and depression. Employing the visual nomenclature of dive bars and visual indicators of the domestic, this installation is a charged and dreamy environment that is intriguing, sad, seductive, and honest. It is a fluid space, a concoction of ritual, facades, attempts, and realities. Accompanying the installation, there will be a series of video clips that will be released during and after the run of the show.

My studio practice pokes at the hierarchies of social expectations. More specifically, I’m most interested in the ideas of expectations versus reality. The romantic notions of what “I” or “something” should be and what it actually is. In the most fundamental way, this is what my work is about.


Leslie Vigeant knows how to sweat. Based in Portland, OR, her practice is filled with artificial sky-scapes, big-box store cakes, colored lights, and spreadsheets galore. She is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), Manager of the GLEAN Residency, and plays with the hierarchies of social expectations in her studio.

Leslie received her MFA in Applied Craft + Design from Oregon College of Art and Craft / Pacific Northwest College of Art, and has a BFA in 2D Studies and Painting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Leslie has exhibited at Winnipeg Underground Film Festival, Canada; Woodbury Art Museum, UT; AIA, San Francis- co, CA; Cambridge College, MA; University of Missouri, MO; Marchutz School, Aix en Provence, France; Stephanie Chefas Projects and HAP Gallery, Portland, OR. She has received grants from Portland’s Regional Art and Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, and UMass Arts Council. Residencies with Recology, Artspace, Penland School of Crafts. Leslie is a member of Carnation Contemporary and Board Member for Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Art Council (CAC).

100% of the profit from this exhibition will be donated to the Black Lives Matter Movement.


August 1, 2020
August 16, 2020
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Women-owned, Women artist(s)
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Gallery, Visual Art


Carnation Contemporary
8371 N Interstate Ave
Portland, OR 97217 United States
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