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 Garnetiferous 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.
This exhibition is open 10am-4pm Monday to Friday at our Blenheim Walk Gallery.
Opening night and in conversation with Lisa Le Feuvre: Thursday 28 March 5-7pm
Lisa Le Feuvre is a curator, writer, editor and public speaker, who will be doing a guest in-conversation with Ilana Halperin, which will then be transcribed for a book project. In conversation will start at 5.30pm.
Free entry. Refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome. Booking not required.
Closing performance lecture: Thursday 9 May 5-6pm
Free entry. Booking not required.
Image: Courtesy of Ilana Halperin and Patricia Fleming Projects. Photo credit: Gayle Portnow Halperin.
- 29 March - 09 May 2019
- Blenheim Walk Gallery, Leeds Arts University, Leeds, LS2 9AQ