Photograph by John Jackson

Heather Lefkowitz

Executive Director of ALIAS Chamber Ensemble

When my husband, Paul Lefkowitz, and I got married and bought a house, we scrounged around Paul’s parents’ basement in Green Hills looking not for furniture, but for art. We wound up with lots of early David Lefkowitz originals. I love these early pieces David did while a student at Hillsboro High School and Carleton College (where he’s now an Associate Professor of Art). But I have to admit that I always wanted a more recent David Lefkowitz painting.

Our family draws names for holiday presents, and David drew my name last year. I was thrilled to be gifted not with a sweater or purse or gift card, but with a recent painting by him, Port Glomwater Village. It is my favorite.

I love David’s art because it reflects so deeply on the relationship between nature and society. As a Southerner, the concept of place has always been significant to me, especially in literature. David thinks about this sense of place in a more global way, thinking about the conversation that has always existed between the natural and the human-made world. In this series, David used “mistinted’ paint abandoned at hardware stores for a series of topographical maps, encouraging us to consider the overlooked features of the landscapes we inhabit. Port Glomwater Village portrays an untethered dock and an abandoned fishing boat, which remind me of hours spent fishing on docks as a child, and the colors of the painting remind me of the ocean that I love. David’s paintings remind me to stop and notice things that I do not see and help me to reconsider my relationship to familiar landscapes. I am grateful that we were gifted with this painting and that I see it every morning.

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David Lefkowitz, Port Glomwater Village, 2011, Oil, acrylic and latex on wood, 20” x 20”


David Lefkowitz grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and was a member of the quasi-legendary pop combo The Young Nashvillians. After receiving a BA from Carleton College and an MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago, he became a Professor of Art at Carleton College. David Lefkowitz’s paintings, installations, and mixed-media art (including repurposed refuse like cardboard, sticks, sheetrock, and Styrofoam) address everyday paradoxes of perception and larger questions that arise from them. Much of the work explores the blurry boundary between the human-built environment and the natural world. Recent solo exhibits include Other Positioning Systems at the Rochester Art Center and Facilities and Grounds at the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago. His art is represented in several collections, including the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Langen Foundation in Neuss, Germany, and the Miami Art Museum in Miami, Florida. He is represented by the Carrie Secrist Gallery in Chicago.

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