Greg Leshé was born in Natchitoches, Louisiana and grew up in northern New Jersey. His autobiographical works explore the intricate links between memory, the body, and self-performance. While many of his artworks can be characterized as interdisciplinary, he consistently draws on the conventions of video and photography for their production. An ongoing series of photographs and video installations reveal his private, residual self, through performed reenactments of experiences with family, aviation, manual labor, masculinity, alcoholism, violence, and obsession.
His solo exhibitions include, “Personal Gravity” at the Jersey City Museum, NJ and “Personal Radar” at Exhibit A Gallery, NY. He received his BFA from Alfred University, and his MA from New York University and the International Center of Photography. His honors include “Distinguished Artist” and “Highest Merit” awards from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for Photography in 1992-93, and an Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Interdisciplinary Performance in 2001. Greg was an artist in residence at the Newark Museum’s Arts Workshop Program in 2004. He was featured in a group exhibition entitled, “20 Years In”, at the International Center of Photography in fall 2006, which celebrated the 20 year photography program between New York University and the International Center of Photography. He is currently showing large portrait works on bus kiosks in Jamaica, New York, serving as documents of “life” interacting with “Jamaica Beach Truck,” a collaborative project with installation artist, Ryan Roa, which was part of Jamaica Flux 2010, a biannual exhibition curated by Heng-Gil Han. New Interdisciplinary work in performance, video, photography, installations and writings will be featured in an upcoming solo exhibition titled, “Ground over Sky”, which opens October, 2010 at Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ.
Greg is equally drawn to the commercial world and is an award winning assignment photographer specializing in people, lifestyle, and portraiture for a diverse range of media. Select clients include: Marsteller Advertising, Aljira Design, Chubb Insurance, Met Life, PSE&G, Seton Hall Law School, William Paterson University, and Vicinity Media. He originated and advocated for a statewide exhibition addressing the subject of Sprawl and overdevelopment in New Jersey, which opened at the Jersey City Museum in June 2008. A series of photographs of New York City views were recently commissioned by the film production, Sex & the City II, and appear on the set of Carrie’s apartment played by Sarah Jessica Parker. The film opened in May, 2010. Greg lives and works in South Orange, NJ.