Created and Sold by Lisa Levine

Lisa Levine
Art & Wall Decor by Lisa Levine seen at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco - Lisa J Levine
Art & Wall Decor by Lisa Levine seen at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, San Francisco - Lisa J Levine

Lisa J Levine


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Swim #3: Song of the Sirens and Leaves of Grass are the titles of these beautiful pieces that adorn walls at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Created by Lisa Levine, The Swim series is about the vernacular dance and choreography inherent in the quotidian experience of swimming. In these works, water becomes the medium through which figures suspend and move, connecting with each other in a dance despite the rigid construction of the grid.
““Each person’s body responds to the freedom of weightlessness in the water environment in a unique way. This is what fascinates me when observing ordinary people moving in the world and moving in the water. Later, when composing the pieces, I look for patterns of movement and rhythms that speak about how the subjects, who become my “dancers,” relate to each other in the overall choreography of the scene. I construct specific patterns of movement across the space of the photograph. I’m interested in how each dancer’s movements lead into, compliment, contrast, and punctuate the movements of the other. The overall structure of the work forces a separation between the individuals while at the same time it creates connections through implied lines of movement that speak to the idea of individuals working in consort within the larger structure of “the dance””.
In the Topographies series I have used the grid as a point of departure. Within the confines of the grid’s rigidity I look for organic rhythms to emerge. I am interested in the contradictory nature of these constructions. For me, these images present a discourse of contradictions; micro and macro, time and timelessness, and the containment of things that cannot be contained. The grid lends geometry and so tends to rationalize what would otherwise be mainly pictorial.
Topographies explores an approach to content in which I can construct a space using a series of views that at once focus on complex details and a vast expanse of space; a landscape without perspective.

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Lisa Levine

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I am a fine art photographer and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. I have lived in the Bay Area and worked in my Oakland studio for more than twenty-five years. My work has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and resides in various corporate and public art collections, including those of the Alameda County Art Commission, Berkeley Civic Arts Center, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the David Brower Center, and the Kala Institute. My work is represented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery, Danielle Wohl Fine Art, SLATE Gallery, and the Kala Institute Art Gallery.
I taught photography at California State University (East Bay) for more than a decade and was an adjunct professor in the photography departments at both Ohlone and Solano colleges. I currently teach photography at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in both the graduate and undergraduate divisions.
I am also involved in a collaborative partnership, Counterpoint Studio, in which my partner, Peter Tonningsen and I create large scale commissioned artworks for public spaces. We are very pleased to have recently been awarded commissions by the City of Atlanta, Texas Tech University, Northern Texas University, Stanford University, Highland Hospital, the City of Mountain View, and San Francisco General Hospital.
Lisa Levine (Brooklyn, NY, 1957 - )

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