Daniel Ballesteros

Gold Leaf Forest
October 6 November 12

Press Release

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Gold Leaf Forest, a solo exhibition of eight gilded photographs by Daniel Ballesteros.

Inspired by the resiliency of his Filipino ancestors, Ballesteros is drawn to the adaptability of one of the largest and oldest species on the planet, the redwood. The trees become metaphors for lineage, ancestry, and survival. Covering up the sky and ground, Ballesteros  follows a tradition used in religious art by applying gold leaf to his composite photographs as a way to honor these awe-inspiring trees.  The matte surface of the exposed photograph provides contrast with the reflective quality of the gilding. The artist’s heritage of Animism also influences this work.

Daniel Ballesteros has been an artist-in-residence at the Woodstock Center for Photography, the Camera Club of New York, Bose Pacia, The Luminary, and Kala Institute. He has been awarded grants from the Magenta Foundation, En Foco, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Ballesteros currently resides in Oakland, California.

We currently require proof of COVID-19 vaccination to view this exhibition in person, and gallery visitors must wear masks in compliance with the Governor’s mandate.  Images, a virtual walk-through, and catalog for this exhibition will be presented on ARTSY.net and levygallery.com. High-resolution images are available on request. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube: @levygallery @ballesterosprojects #goldleafforest #danielballesteros #richardlevygallery

Dates: October 6–November 12, 2021
Reception: October 16, 6–8 pm
Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888, info@levygallery.com, www.levygallery.com @levygallery

Artwork and Information
Daniel Ballesteros