Gods, Heroes & Fools Transplanted in Time

“Gods, Heroes & Fools” installation view

Gods, Heroes & Fools
Drawings & Sculptures by Lesa Cook
May 10–June 4, 2017

Venus by Lesa Cook

Bacchus stranded in a dry county. Oedipus working on Wall Street. Achilles wielding a rifle.

These are the mythological figures you’ll meet in this month’s solo exhibit, Lesa Cook’s “Gods, Heroes and Fools.”

Wall Street Oedipus by Lesa Cook

Cook’s exhibit of drawings and sculptures reimagine these characters as 21st-century personalities, asking what these stories have to tell us in the present day. Each piece is accompanied by an statement explaining the original myths behind the art.

You can come experience these stories at The Art League through Sunday, June 4.

Elpis Is Alive! by Lesa Cook

About the artist

Lesa Cook grew up in South Carolina and received a degree in studio art from the University of South Carolina in 1987. In 1990, she pursued graduate work in computer graphics at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. She continued her fine art studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD; the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC; The Art League in Alexandria, VA; and The Shuler School of Art in Baltimore, MD.

She continues to pursue her studies and thinks of herself as a perpetual student. Currently, she resides in Burkittsville, MD, where she paints and sculpts. She teaches at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD, and The Yellow Barn Studio in Glen Echo, MD. She is a registered copyist at The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. She considers herself a classical realist, drawing inspiration from the great masters and trying to capture not only the natural form but the emotional reality as well.

Artemis’ Bear As Circus Performer by Lesa Cook

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