Linda Leviton

Photo credit: Caroline Kraus
Photo credit: Caroline Kraus

Sum of the Parts

Wood and paint

7.5’ x 12’




Linda Leviton has exhibited nationally and internationally. She has developed hundreds of commissions for public art projects, installations and wall sculptures that range from the intimate to large pieces up to 70 ft. Her background as a designer helps her to work with all types of clients developing commissions for hospitals, universities, religious institutions, business and government facilities.

She loves to work with copper, wood and wire. Her work falls into four distinct bodies of work: large modular wall sculptures that called “quilts” including the series “Patterns of Nature,” fold-formed wall hung constructions, laser cut forms and wire woven sculptures.

Linda attended the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Architecture and Art and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She began her art career as a graphic designer in Chicago for corporations and design firms.

Linda currently works in a 2400 sq. ft. studio near her home in Delaware County, Ohio. Her work can be seen locally at Ross Heart hospital, the Blackwell Center at OSU, Congregation Beth Tikvah, The Rhodes Tower, 5th3rd Bank building/Core Properties, Embassy Suites-airport, the Hilton Hotel-short north, The Columbus Metropolitan Library, and Nationwide Insurance Co.
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Working with existing materials and scraps is second nature to me. Long ago I began making work from materials gleaned from forays to junkyards, thrift shops and garage sales. As my work has developed over the years, I have used the idea of a quilt as a conceptual framework for my art: making a whole piece out of scraps and found parts, composing repeating modules, and assembling the individual sections into a whole.
The piece “Sum of the Parts” is made from the negative spaces or drop outs from a project that was laser cut out of MDF. I made six abstract compositions for a law office commission, and when picking up the cut designs from the laser cutter, I also took the discarded pieces for samples. For this CAW show I started playing with the discarded pieces and created four totems.

Much of my work is very formal and prescribed by clients. I wanted to work outside these constraints and make a playful piece for myself without a client in mind. By using a bright palette and striping each section I combined ingredients, mixing color combinations and creating a rhythm. By formalizing the layout as totems, the ability to compare and contrast each column made the colors and shapes easier to read.
Several years ago I visited Julian Stanczak in his studio in Cleveland. He is one of the originators of the Op Art movement, and he taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art. I was fascinated by his ability to paint optical effects using highly precise stripes, dots, and color. He had rigged a machine from old movie projector reels that cut rolls of tape into any width he desired, from very thin to thick bands. He has the use of only one arm and so he created this device to aid his work. We had a long conversation about how he made his paintings and I remembered this conversation when making this piece. I resorted to my exacto knife and cutting board to achieve the same range of tape thicknesses for masking.

I thank Julian for the inspiration, my laser cutter for handing me the discards, and CAW for giving me a place to experiment.