Articles and Reviews

The Village Voice, "Documenting the New Towers of Old Hell's Kitchen", by Katherine Knowles, April 2, 2018

Art Dependence Magazine, "The Monolith: An Interview", by Jennifer Sauer, January 10, 2018

Colossal, "The Monolith: Artist Gwyneth Leech Turns the Destructive Force of a New Building Into a Source of Inspiration", by Christopher Jobson, November 29, 2017

The Norwalk Hour, "Spanning three generations, a family's art on view in separate Norwalk galleries" , by Francis Carr, April 23, 2015

American Craft Magazine,"Drink Up", by Sarah Buttenweiser, April/May 2014

Azure Magazine, "Grind", by David Dick-Agnew, November/December 2013

Telegraph Magazine,"Gwyneth Leech: the Art of Paper Cups", by Sophie de Rosée , September 6, 2013

The Sunday Star Ledger, "Over and Over", by Dan Bischoff, March 10, 2013

Boston Magazine "Cambridge Anthropologie Hosts Live Art Exhibition with Gwyneth Leech", by Olga Khvan, November 22, 2013

New York Times "An Art Exhibit That's Good to the Last Drop", by David Dunlap, February 14, 2012

Pennsylvania Gazette, "Cup O'Doodles", by Molly Petrilla, July/August 2011

Hand Eye Magazine, "Full Brew and View", by Sarah Buttenweiser, August 2010

Additional press page for Gwyneth Leech Cup Exhibitions:
Articles, Reviews and Blogs 2011/2014

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The Spur, "New York Artist Paints Perfect Families and More", by Ben Erickson, January 31, 2007

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The Marshall Independent, "Family Impact", by Cindy Votruba , January 30, 2007

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The journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society, "Don't Talk About Religion or Politics", by Don Newton, January 30, 2006

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Art New England, "Gwyneth Leech: the Way of the Cross", by Lois Goglia, October/November 2005

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New York Times, Dance Review: Suffering and Rebirth", by Jack Anderson, March 17, 2000

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Pennsylvania Gazette, "Visions and Videos of a New Scotland", by Susan Lonkevich, June/July 1998

Selected Website Listings
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Two Coats of Paint, "On Procrastinating: Gwyneth Leech", by Sharon Butler, May 6, 2015

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Time Out London, "A year in coffee cups, an electric ‘concept car’ and an endless flight of stairs: London Design Festival kicks off this weekend", by Katie Forster, September 14, 2013

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Psychology Today "Do What You Love, Money Follows: The Coffee Cup Artist", by Susan Biali, December 9, 2011

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Penn State Altoona News, "Imprints on a Landscape: The Mining Project", by Noel Feely, May 1, 2006

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Episcopal Life, "Contemporary Icons", by Henry James, March 2006

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Faith and Form, "A New Journey: the Stations of the Cross for Our Time”, by Gwyneth Leech, March 2006

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From the Floor, The Church and Contemporary Art, by Todd Gibson, October 20, 2006

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Off Off Off Art, “Passing it Down”, by Jeffery Cyphers Wright, July 2005

New York Artist Paints "Perfect Families" and More

Ben Erickson

Issue date: 1/31/07 Section: Arts & Entertainment
The SPUR
Southwest Minnesota State University
Marshall, Minnesota


The idea of the good ol' "conventional family" (a husband and wife, happily married with approximately 2.5 children) is one that has been purported in our land for the better part of its existence. Middle America was the perfect place for this concept to be planted and allowed to blossom, as special attention was given to the steadiness of life and old fashioned values.

A public boost was given to this highly idealized mythology as the Beavers, Griffiths and many others took advantage of the national spotlight provided in the "Golden Age of Television." Where married couples weren't seen alone together until the (gasp!) interracial Lucy and Ricky stormed onto the scene and it would be years before the Brady Bunch would introduce the many possibilities of non-traditional family structures to the public eye.

Nowadays, we'd like to think that we live in a world that is beyond infatuation with pointless myths such as these, a world where anyone of any race can share in the same opportunities and relationships with anyone else, pursuing happiness regardless of their cultural background. Gwyneth Leech's exhibit, "Perfect Families," celebrates the diversity of the American family in all of its vivid colors and lively expressions.

The concept of this exhibit is about as straight forward as they come. The works are portraits of various families from Leech's New York City neighborhood, compositionally simple and breathing with a wealth of diverse culture.

A white, middle aged couple is pictured holding their adopted Asian children while a white woman and an African-American man smile upon a son whose complexion is somewhere in between each of theirs. A lesbian couple is portrayed actively outdoors with their adopted or alternatively conceived son. While these situations may be out of the ordinary or possibly offensive to some, hopefully most observers can enjoy the collection as a celebration of life outside of caving "mainstream" stereotypes.

Other works by Leech have caused much more of a stir, such as her "Norwalk Stations of the Cross" series, which meshes the traditional scenes of Christ's crucifixion with modern, war torn backgrounds which are heavily suggestive of the current conflict in Iraq.

The Spur, "New York Artist Paints Perfect Families and More", by Ben Erickson, January 31, 2007