2019 / Ilana Halperin / Minerals of New York / The Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University

Ilana Halperin

29 Mar - 9 May 2019

Preview and in conversation with Lisa Le Feuvre:

Thu 28 Mar, 5-7pm

Closing performance lecture:

Thu 9 May

Originally from New York, Ilana Halperin studied for her MFA at Glasgow School of Art, and now works between Glasgow and the Isle of Bute. Her research-practice is internationally oriented, with a deep time focus, and explores the relationship between geology and everyday life. For example, Halperin shares her birthday with the Eldfell volcano in Iceland, and returns once a decade to spend time with the volcano on significant occasions.

For Leeds Arts University, Halperin’s latest body of work ‘Minerals of New York’, takes the form of a mineral biography of the city.

In Halperin’s own words: “The project began with an encounter with the Subway Garnet, a huge historic blood red mineral found on 35th Street and Broadway. It led me deep into the stores of the American Museum of Natural History, to a personal mineral museum in the basement of a small bungalow in Queens, and back again, to a piece of Garnetifous Gneiss found 150 feet below the street where I grew up in New York City.”

Minerals of New York will include a closing performance lecture by Halperin, before touring to The Hunterian, University of Glasgow, in summer 2019.

For more info see here: www.leeds-art.ac.uk/about-us/facilities/gallery-blenheim-walk/