Beatrix "Bodlar" Leben
Artist statements are always bullshit. I'm not going to create some hyperbolic abstract nonsense in order to aggrandize my work for you. If you don't get it from my work then I really don't see what a few words will do to alter your perception. Fuck artist statements, and fuck you if you don't get my work without some silly words to go with it. <3
Born May 27th, 1982 to an artist and a writer in American Fork Utah. Her family moved to Arizona, then Connecticut, then back to Utah, and finally landed in what she considers her home town; Las Vegas, Nevada.
1990: At the age of 8 Bodlar painted her first of her abstract paper pieces using a Pilot 15mm marker on construction paper. She was fascinated by the large markers her father had left over from another project and took them unprompted and had a deep need to make paintings with them. Her mother was so impressed with the pieces she had them framed to hang in their home.
1993: Bodlar and her family relocates to Las Vegas, NV.
1994: Interior designer Valerie Ferrari discovers the original paintings hung in Bodlar’s parent’s home. She inquires with her parents about the artist, which turns out to be the 12 year old Bodlar. She comissions 20 pieces for use in a riverboat casino cafe in Tennessee anyway. Bodlar successfully delivers her first commission at the age of 12.
1997: Bodlar turns to computers after having most of her creative spirit crushed by several devastating high school band and art experiences.
1999-2012: After high school Bodlar goes into a successful Information Technology career working her way up from tech support representative to systems administrator. The whole time she continues to draw, write, and play music. She perpetually wrestles with the desire for a more creative career. She misses the way she “burned” for music and art in junior high and high school. She searches for most of this period for something to “burn” for again. In 2010 after returning to Vegas from a year and a half working in Seattle she starts to consider the idea of going into visual art full time.
April of 2012: Bodlar finally has an opportunity to take the plunge. She commits to painting full time, leaving her 13 year IT career behind.
July of 2012: Bodlar moves downtown to the Art’s District in Las Vegas to open her studio/gallery.
May of 2015: Bodlar relocates to New York City to dive fully into the capitol of the art world. She has many adventures and learns a lot of the art world in NYC. She realizes that she wants to change the paradigm there, but requires significant resources to do so.
April 2016: Bodlar moves back home to Las Vegas to figure out how to gather enough resources to eventually create the large works of art that she envisions. Within the financial confines of living in NYC she realized that she had to "switch gears" to generate a high income through other means. She begins her hiatus from painting until she is able to paint the giant works that she envisions in an appropriately large and furnished studio space.
September 2017: Bodlar moves to Sacramento to start her own 3D printing business where she currently resides. While she longs to have more time painting she is happy to work towards her dreams by creating a financially lucrative business. Even though her painting hiatus continues she dreams constantly of the giant pieces in her future once her finances are in order.
Bodlar’s Art Showings:
August of 2012 - Present: She starts showing her work out of her studio/gallery for the monthly Art District opening “First Friday.”
October of 2012: Bodlar has her first solo show “Fuck Art”
February of 2013: Bodlar has her second solo show “This Way”
March of 2013: Bodlar has an extended weekend show at a local gallery/bar, The Lady Silvia in Downtown Las Vegas.
May of 2013: Bodlar has a massive show combining pieces from her first two solo shows to celebrate her first year painting full time. She fills an entire 3000 sq ft warehouse/office space with nearly 200 pieces.
March of 2014: "Blending Contrasts" collaboration show with Lisa Fields Clark at Jana's Red Room Gallery in the Art's Factory in Downtown Las Vegas
May of 2014: "Go... BOLD BOLD BOLD Bodlar!" Featured artist show with Jana's Red Room Gallery in the Art's Factory in Downtown Las Vegas.
June-July of 2015: Selected works from her "This Way" collection showing at the DaDa Art Bar in Denver, CO.
Dec of 2015: First two shows in NYC. Bodlar co-curated works with photographer Daria Huxley for their show Modern Harmony at Hellphone Speakeasy in Bushwick. Also showed selected flat works with Salazar & Birch at their Pop-Up Gallery, in midtown, Empire Art Sale.