Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Special Guest. Live at Leon Music Series

Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson plus a very special guest - Live at Leon Music Series

December 15th, 2018
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Matt Campbell as he tours America to promote his new album "The Man With Everything". Matt was the first person to ever perform at Leon in August 2011, we are honored to continue to collaborate with this remarkable musician. Special guest to be announced soon. We have also invited our remarkable friend, Joe Sampson to perform, plus we have a very special guest we can't announce just yet... :)

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mattcambellatleon.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2230802400465370/

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Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!
Dec
13
8:00 PM20:00

Leon's first annual Kitschmas Party!

Join us on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 8pm, for one hell of a Kitschy Christmas Party. Bring a very special and kitschy work of art for our Kitsch Art White Elephant Gift Exchange. We encourage hand-made and thrift store gems that are bawdy, camp, twee, gimcrack, and lascivious. Plus we will be decorating cookies, and we will have complimentary beverages of beer, wine, and a very special holiday cocktail!

Tickets $25 per person, available HERE

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re: mix  by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

re: mix by Cymon Padilla - Opening Reception

re: mix

Paintings by Cymon Padilla

Opening Reception: December 1st, 2018 7pm-11pm

Exhibition: December 1st, 2018 - January 19th, 2019


Leon is excited to present the first solo exhibition of Cymon Padilla's paintings in Denver, CO. Cymon's work exudes an irreverent and giddy wit, through the sampling of iconic images that span multiple centuries, while also invoking modern day pop culture. Diverse and dissonant elements are distilled into lean, impactful compositions, which themselves reference various artistic movements such as Dada collage, AbEx formalism, Surrealism, or Pop Art illustration, then morphed by the technological tools of computerized manipulation.


Artist Statement

My current body of work aims to fuse disparate elements of our shared visual culture, whether seen through screens connected to vacuum tubes, the pixels on a phone, or the pages of an art history book. Using traditional oil painting techniques to represent collage, digital manipulation, and trompe l’oeil, I combine, collapse, and remix the imitated world onto the flat surface of the picture plane, mashing classical European figurative work with the golden age of Disney, Saturday morning cartoons, pop art, and vintage advertisement. 

Bio

Cymon Padilla was born in Colorado Springs in 1983. He received his Associate of Arts from Pikes Peak Community College in 2012, and has shown his work regionally ever since. When not at his day job or in the studio, Cymon spends much of his time wondering what his dog is thinking.

IG: @cymonpadilla

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Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Deca + Felix Fast4ward + Stay Tuned Live at Leon

Join us as we welcome back Deca and Felix Fast4ward to the stage, with special guest Stay Tuned at Leon. 

Saturday, November 10th.

Doors at 8:00pm

Pre-sale tickets available: https://decafelixfast4ward.brownpapertickets.com/

Link love: 

DECA:
https://deca.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DecaMusic/

Felix Fast4ward:
https://soundcloud.com/felixfast4ward
https://www.facebook.com/Felixfast4ward/

Stay Tuned: 
https://manerok1.bandcamp.com/album/murder-he-wrote-a-love-story
https://www.facebook.com/AfterThisBreak/

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Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Brianna Straut Album Release Party featuring Paul DeHaven + Special Guest

Brianna Straut Album Relase Party

November 2nd, 7- 11pm

Brianna Straut (Bison Bone) is venturing into her own music and songwriting and will debut her first solo album, “La Mano” at Leon! Paul DeHaven will take the stage in support of Brianna, plus Whippoorwill will grace us with their experiential alt-folk stylings.

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://briannastraut.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/265343550831218/

Brianna Straut is an Americana Singer Songwriter from Denver, CO by way of Texas. She tells stories about her songs including times in Texas, losing friends too soon and the good times in Colorado. Critics have swooned saying "If you have even one romantic nerve in your body, you will fall head over heels." Her songs dig deep into those Texas roots and her gypsy soul.


W: www.briannastraut.com

IG: @bstraut

FB: @briannastrautmusic

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Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

Patrick Dethlefs + Heavy Diamond Ring Live at Leon

Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Patrick Dethlefs and the new project, Heavy Diamond Ring (Sarah Anderson + Paul DeHaven of Paper Bird) for an intimate evening of music. 

Doors: 7:30pm

Suggested Donation: $10

Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://patrickdethlefs.brownpapertickets.com/

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2114189782233711/

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Multidim Records Launch Party
Oct
12
to Oct 13

Multidim Records Launch Party

Multidim Records Launch Party

October 12th, 2018

8pm - Midnight


Advanced Tickets on Sale: https://mulitidimlaunchparty.brownpapertickets.com/

Join the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/478402579328465/

Multidim Records announces its inaugural vinyl release, ‘Tangra’ by the Denver-based audiovisual electronic act Cities Of Earth. This release marks the first of several planned for the newly unveiled independent record label Multidim Records. Multidim will have an official launch event on Friday, October 12th at Leon Gallery in Denver, featuring live audio and video performances from Cities Of Earth, Glissline, Andre Cactus & Ah, River, and more.

citiesofearth.com
glissline.com

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Memories of Earth Opening Reception by BAGBAYSHA
Oct
6
to Nov 10

Memories of Earth Opening Reception by BAGBAYSHA

Memories of Earth
 

BAGBAYSHA

Opening Reception: October 6th 7pm-11pm

Exhibition: October 6th - November 10th, 2018

A collaborative project by Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, and Thomas Scharfenberg
 

This fall, Leon Gallery will host a multi-sensory experience from Denver artists, BAGBAYSHA (Chris Bagley, Koko Bayer, Thomas Scharfenberg). Leon will be transformed in a site-specific installation, presenting viewers with souvenirs of earth, which remind the viewer of life's many small wonders. This will be the third site-specific installment for the artists, a group known for their nutritious visual flavor of color and patterns, utilizing sound-collage, wheat paste, video, found materials, projections, and murals.

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Howl - A String Quartet of Ginsberg's Poetic Opus by Lee Hyla
Sep
22
7:00 PM19:00

Howl - A String Quartet of Ginsberg's Poetic Opus by Lee Hyla

HOWL – by Lee Hyla for String Quartet and Narrator

Saturday, September 22nd, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

 

Lee Hyla’s Howl is based on beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s masterpiece. Because of its explicitly sexual passages, it was the subject of an obscenity trial in 1957, but was eventually deemed “of redeeming social importance,” and therefore not obscene. Lee Hyla’s angular and violent string quartet amplifies the intensity of the poem.

Lee Hyla’s string quartet was written in coordination with Ginsberg before his death. Originally performed with music played over a recording of Ginsberg reading the text, Playground performs narration live. The impact of the poem’s live narration is amplified by a harsh, haunting, and compelling accompaniment by string quartet.

 

About the Playground Ensemble

The Playground Ensemble, in Residence at Metro State University of Denver, is the Rocky Mountain Region’s premier new music group. We are professional musicians, composers, educators and fans dedicated to presenting chamber music as a living art form. In addition to an annual concert season that features the work of recognized composers, we work to cultivate a thriving local composition community. With exciting outreach programs like our innovative Young Composers Playground we are showing young people that classical music is vibrant, adventurous and relevant to the world they live in.

 

If you want to get involved, please write us at playground@playgroundensemble.org or visit www.PlaygroundEnsemble.org.

 

About our featured Visual Artist

Joshua Ware is a visual artist and writer who was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1977. He is the author of the books Unwanted Invention / Vargtimmen and Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley, both published by Furniture Press Books. In addition to several chapbooks, his writing also has appeared in hundreds of national journals and magazines.

Ware’s paper collages and mixed media visual work have appeared in shows both nationally and internationally. His most recent work focuses on textured minimalism, inspired by the art of Robert Rauschenberg, Jay DeFeo, Donald Judd, and Mark Bradford.

Ware currently lives in Denver where he works as an art installer. He earned his doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing from University of Nebraska, his MA from University of Colorado, and his BA from Ohio University. He also holds a BS in Management Information Systems from Miami University (OH).

 

About our Guest Poets - Serena Chopra and Jeffrey Pethybridge

Serena Chopra has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Denver and an MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is the author of two full-length books of poems, This Human (Coconut 2013) and Ic (Horse Less Press 2017), as well as two chapbooks, Penumbra (Flying Guillotine Press 2012) and Livid Season (Free Poetry 2012). She was recently a featured artist in Harper’s Bazaar, India, as well as in Denver Westword’s 100 Colorado Creatives. She was a 2011-2013 resident artist at RedLine Denver, a Kundiman Fellow and a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholar, for which she is composing hybrid writing informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. She is a multidisciplinary artist, working as a professional dancer, theater/performance artist and visual artist. She is a co-founder and actor in the poet’s theater group, GASP and worked with Denver’s Splintered Light Theater on a full-length production of her book, Ic, for which she composed the soundscore. She has an ongoing text/image collaboration, Memory is a Future Tense, with artist Lu Cong. Serena currently teaches in the MFA program at Naropa University’s Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. Find out more at SerenaChopra.com.

Jeffrey Pethybridge is the author of Striven, The Bright Treatise (Noemi Press 2013). His work appears widely in journals such as Chicago Review, Volt, Poor Claudia, The Iowa Review, LIT, New American Writing and others. He teaches in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University where he is the Managing Director of the Summer Writing Program. He is also the North American Editor for Likestarlings, a web-archive of collaborative poetry and poetics.

He lives in Denver with the poet Carolina Ebeid and their son Patrick; together the edit Visible Binary. He's currently at work on a documentary project centered on the recently released torture memos entitled "Force Drift, an Essay in the Epic." He grew up in Virginia.

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Para o Heroi
Aug
25
7:30 PM19:30

Para o Heroi

a one night performance art event with Paula Carneiro + Marcos Steuernagel

Performance: August 25th, 2018 7:30-9:00pm in conjunction with the opening reception of Outliers\


Para o Herói: Experimentos Sem Nenhum Caráter 
 This performance is dedicated to “Macunaíma, The Hero Without a Character”. A Brazilian anti-hero, Macunaíma is a profane trickster created by ethnographer and novelist Mário de Andrade in his seminal 1928 book. Macunaíma is a Brazilian archetype that embodies our cultural contradictions in a joker who takes on an amazing diversity of forms. A black-indigenous Brazilian born in the jungle, Macunaíma becomes white after bathing himself in an enchanted pond, and leaves for the cosmopolitan São Paulo, where he blurs the distinctions between animal, machine, god, and human, with a humorous and original style.
 
In this performance, Paula Carneiro Dias embodies Macunaíma in her skin, printing fragments of the book to her body as she walks through the different becomings of Macunaíma.

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OUTLIERS
Aug
25
to Sep 15

OUTLIERS

Featuring Works By:
Jared David Paul Anderson 
Tya Alisa Anthony
Jackie Barry
Eric Robert Dallimore
Michael Dowling 
David Freeman 
Jaimie Gershen 
Brittany Gould 
Impossible Winterbourne 
Matthew Harris
Travis Hetman
Gary Isaacs 
Jolt 
SDK
Jordan Knecht
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Brian Napier
Eric G. Nord
Barth Quenzer
Diego Rodriguez-Warner
Matt Scobey
Doug Spencer
Eriko Tsogo
Jess Webb
Patrick Wilkins

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Fun Isn't Fun Anymore - Closing Reception + Artist Talk
Jul
28
3:00 PM15:00

Fun Isn't Fun Anymore - Closing Reception + Artist Talk

Join us for a conversation with Patrick Wilkins at 3pm, then stick around from 5-10pm as we celebrate the Closing Reception for this remarkable exhibition.

Learn more about the focus of Wilkins’ work as the expression of stress and anxiety that comes from leading two very different lives: holding down blue collar jobs and being a painter. Wilkins utilizes a formal painting language and cartoon imagery to create and unstable cacophony of patterns, colors, and marks. Adding to the compositions, he collages found objects, drawings, and craft materials into his work. The results have a bright and playful façade that upon further inspection reveals a contradictory critical content. Although the final result may be seen as a compromise, there is both a clashing discordance and a unifying harmony to be found in his deft balancing act.

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Muscle Brain - Marathon Performance
Jul
14
9:00 AM09:00

Muscle Brain - Marathon Performance

Join us on Saturday, July 14th for an epic 13 hour marathon music performance by Muscle Brain, the creative endeavor of Jordan Knecht and James David Fitzpatrick, and a slew of many other Denver area musicians, as they come and go throughout the day. Everyone is welcome to drop in whenever they want, and stay as long as they want.

Muscle Brain has been performing for thirteen years, shifting forms as its evolved. Over Muscle Brain's history, the two members have at times been separated by thousands of miles. The distance has never halted the intense connection of these two musicians. Even when living in different states, the band released an album and toured the East Coast twice. 

Behind closed doors of the rehearsal room, Fitzpatrick and Knecht have spent thousands of hours honing ideas through expansive improvisation. The band's sense of compositional plasticity continues into live performances, allowing songs to morph as they unfold in front of audiences. 

Soon, Muscle Brain will be separated by thousands of miles once again. To celebrate thirteen years as a band, Muscle Brain will perform for thirteen hours straight, inviting a slew of artists to enter and exit throughout the day, sharing in fluid compositions and ecstatic improvisation."

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Tom Waits Tuesdays - A limited edition print release
Jun
5
to Jun 12

Tom Waits Tuesdays - A limited edition print release

The music that spans across the years of Tom Waits’ career creates a labyrinth that I’ve come to be pleasantly lost inside while making art. There is an almost bottomless well of little poetic moments that beg to be illustrated and expanded upon. For the pure joy of it I began posting drawings on the occasional Tuesday on my Instagram. The images were undoubtedly drenched in the stuff of particular Waits tunes, and it quickly became a tradition known as “Tom Waits Tuesday.” In a first-come-first-served style the original drawings were all posted, sold, and shipped to their various destinations. It only felt right to perhaps drop the needle on some vinyl, pack them all together into the proverbial station wagon, and head to Leon! And so now, the entire collection gathered together here, and on view as one big happy family, all of the thirty-five Tom Waits Tuesdays original drawings are now released as limited edition prints. Get them while you can. When these numbered and signed limited edition prints are gone, that’s it, you’re SOL. 

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Esme Patterson + Emily Ritz + Eleanor Perry-Smith Live at Leon!
May
11
7:00 PM19:00

Esme Patterson + Emily Ritz + Eleanor Perry-Smith Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon as Esme, Emily, and Eleanor take over the stage to celebrate their powerful and connected voices through music and poetry. Eric and Eric will also be here to complete the house full of E's. You can come too, even if your name doesn't start with an E.

Friday, May 11th, 7 - 11pm

$12 Suggested Donation

Doors: 7pm

Music:8pm til 11pm (ish)

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DECA w/ special guests: FelixFast4ward & DeeJay Tense
Apr
22
7:00 PM19:00

DECA w/ special guests: FelixFast4ward & DeeJay Tense

Deca is a NY based rapper, producer, and visual artist originally from Denver, CO. He mixes personal writing with urgent global themes revealing fundamental struggles with human existence. Catch Deca on Spotify, BandCamp, and YouTube

FelixFast4ward is a multi-Instrumentalist/vocalist/sound painter. Using various instruments and sample based loops Felix Fast4ward reinvents the "One-Man Band" format and creates uniquely lush and soulful compositions. His musical training is directly attributed to his tenure as a scratch dj in his early 20s, as equally from an eclectic record collection from his parents who immigrated to the United States from Nigeria. Grab a ticket into the musical mind and ears of FelixFast4ward ! Catch FelixFast4ward on SoundCloud and YouTube

Catch DeeJay Tense on Soundcloud

$10 Donation at the door

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Of The Moment
Apr
21
to May 26

Of The Moment

OF THE MOMENT

April 21st - May 26th, 2018

Leon is demonstrating its commitment to promoting performance art through an intensive five weeks series of events featuring some of the best and brightest performance artists of the Denver art community. 

Esther Hernandez
Lin Wen-Ben
Jeff Page
Jordan Knecht
Tobias Fike
Matthew Harris

Leon is proud to announce their upcoming performance art series, Of the Moment, an exploration of the immediacy and visceral nature of performance art, celebrating six artists who are actively engaging our community, challenging our notions of art viewing, and broadening our artistic experiences. The series will begin Saturday, April 21st and culminate in a closing performance on Friday, May 25th, 2018. Each week the gallery will become the stage for each of these unique and innovative artists from within our Denver scene, who are exploring a variety of performance art styles, and expressing authentic, individual statements. The artists presenting include Esther Hernandez, Lin Wen-Ben, Jeff Page, Jordan Knecht, and collaborative artists Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris. 

Saturday, April 21st, 7-10pm Esther Hernandez
Saturday, April 28th, 7-10pm Lin Wen Ben
Saturday, May 5th, 7-10pm Jeff Page
Saturday, May 12th, 7-10pm Jordan Knecht
Saturday, May 26th, 7-10pm Tobias Fike + Matthew Harris

All performances will take place at approximately 8pm each evening. Length of program varies with each artist. 

Of the Moment Exhibition Schedule: 

Saturday, April 21st - Esther Hernandez - "Tooth or Dare" is a series of relational aesthetic performances. Participants are set up on blind dates by the artist and instructed to play a special card game, allowing players to make choices that whimsically involve performance, intimacy and vulnerability, all the while challenging social norms and conventional dating routines and rituals. 

Saturday, April 28th - Lin Wen-Ben - "Please Punch" is a process investigation of experimental painting employing a suspended punching bag and floor mounted canvas, challenging visitors to step beyond the passivity of mere viewing, and instead becoming active participants in the energetic experiencing of gestural mark making. 

Saturday, May 5th - Jeff Page – The Blushing Bow - is a performative installation playing upon the effects of shame, exploring ways in which the heavy, negative emotion can be transformed and utilized in various ways as a transcendent poetic tool. 

Saturday, May 12th - Jordan Knecht - "Signal Noise" is an immersive, pluralistic exploration of signal-to-noise ratios amplified by the world of social media. “Please turn cellphones on before the beginning of the performance.” 

CLOSING Saturday, May 26th - Tobias Fike & Matthew Harris - "Pop" is an absurdist performative dueling match involving needle-tipped swords and inflated body parts. 

Every performance will be documented through video and still photography. Following each performance, the video and still images will be displayed on monitors, and the detritus of the performances will remain in the gallery, available for visitors to view during normal business hours.

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Impossible Winterbourne AlphaBots Book Release + Pop-up Exhibition
Apr
14
10:00 PM22:00

Impossible Winterbourne AlphaBots Book Release + Pop-up Exhibition

Leon is proud to announce the release of The Impossible Winterbourne's new book - The AlphaBots!

Exhibition: April 9th - April 16th, 2018

Reception & Book Reading: April 14th, 2018   |   7-10pm

We are celebrating the Denver Premiere of The AlphaBots with a one week pop-up exhibition from April 9th - April 16th with a Gallery Reception and Book Reading on April 14th from 7-10pm featuring the Impossible Winterbourne, himself! Come down and get your own autographed copy of The AlphaBots!

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Eriko Tsogo "Wrong Women; Myths From Sky"
Feb
17
to Mar 31

Eriko Tsogo "Wrong Women; Myths From Sky"

Wrong Women; Myths from Sky

E R I K O   T S O G O

Exhibition: 2.17.18 - 3.31.18

Opening Reception: 2.17.2018 7-11pm

Artist Talk + Book Signing: 3.10.18

Artist Workshop 3.24.18 10am - 4pm

Closing Reception:  3.31.2018 7pm - 11pm

 

My artistic process derives from a balance of intuitive and concept driven method of experimental creation. In my drawings, I seek to create visual tension through automatic and intended mark making. I like to fuse binary concepts and techniques of representation, from contrasting languages of wet and dry textures, precision and chaos, into stimulatory layers as to create conceptual proximity between forces of opposition and displacement.

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Bluebook + Porlolo + Whippoorwill
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Bluebook + Porlolo + Whippoorwill

Join us for our first concert of 2018, featuring Bluebook, Porlolo, and Whippoorwill! Leon will be celebrating it's musical heritage with a return to our dreamy, vibed out roots. Join us this Saturday as we present the powerful, moddy, and mesmerizing sounds of Bluebook.  Special guest Porlolo will bring their melancholic melodies, folk pop hits, and creep rock to keep you all dreaming on a winter's night. At once, sad and joyful, yearning and fulfilled, Whippoorwill will take the stage with their cathartic, experiential alt-folk sounds. 

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Apr
22
12:30 PM12:30

Subject to Non-Renewal

  Weekend Warrior  - Forrest J. Morrison

Weekend Warrior - Forrest J. Morrison

SUBJECT TO NON-RENEWAL - Opening May 6th at Leon

Please join us for the opening reception of Forrest J. Morrison's solo exhibition, featuring new paintings and sculptural assemblages. 

“Subject To Non-renewal" is a contemporary western narrative in still-life. Morrison, through this body of work, addresses the commodification of Nature, and explores how luxury influences our interaction with the natural world.

Here's what others have to say about Forrest J. Morrison:

https://www.dwell.com/article/mixing-more-than-mediums-bbd5bd11

http://theknow.denverpost.com/2017/03/08/the-curtis-hotel-downtown-denver-murals/138545/

http://www.5280.com/2016/11/meet-the-artist-behind-the-curtis-hotels-murals/

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Mar
11
7:00 PM19:00

SKINs - Tya Alisa Anthony

Join us for the opening reception of SKINs, a new exhibition of photography by one of Denver's most exciting emerging artists, Tya Alisa Anthony. 

SKINs, is an photographic exploration of the complexities of American Culture in the 21st Century. The idealization of the body is examined physically and metaphorically through play, lighting and process. Inspired by organic colors and textures that environmental weathering create during the aging process, gender, career, culture, ethnicity, age and class all disappear revealing the one constant, autonomy.

Tya Alisa Anthony_ SKINS_ Leon Gallery 2017 (1 of 1) copy.jpg
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Opening Reception of "The Teeth in Your Skull" New Works by Jared David Paul Anderson
Oct
8
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Reception of "The Teeth in Your Skull" New Works by Jared David Paul Anderson

The Teeth in Your Skull

New Works by Jared David Paul Anderson

Opening Reception: October 8th, 2016 7-11pm

Exhibition: October 8th-November 12th, 2016

Join us as we welcome back Jared David Paul Anderson to Leon for his 3rd solo exhibition. Denver's own Anderson returns with a new body of work that continues the evolution of his signature shamanistic gestural style, combining the volatility of primal forces with a clever and irreverent sense of humor. 


Artist Statement:

Write on your hand
Your task at hand
Roll your dice
Make a decision
Doodle gold smiley face
Spilled ink
Teeth in your skull
Smudge of life
Dribbling ball
Who’s the Boss?

Bio:

Jared David Paul Anderson grew up in Colorado with three evil sisters, a master quilter and a great hunter. He has studied art in Australia, Czech Republic, China and Cuba. His work has been shown in Los Angeles, and across Colorado, including the McNichols Building, Buell Theater, two previous Solo Exhibitions at Leon Gallery, and Cherry Creek Arts Festival. Jared thrives on seeking out exotic art practices and curious ideas as inspiration for his art. He is half way to climbing all the Fourteeners in Colorado. The Great American Wilderness informs a great majority of Jared's work.

Image: "Witch Man Mute" - 34" x 18" acrylic and charcoal on canvas. 

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Creating Crumbling Cosmos: A Retrospective Screening of Films by Evan Mann
Sep
2
7:00 PM19:00

Creating Crumbling Cosmos: A Retrospective Screening of Films by Evan Mann

Creating Crumbling Cosmos: A Retrospective Screening of Films by Evan Mann

*One night only

Doors: 7pm
Films to begin promptly at 7:45
Screening Time: approximately 1 hour
Q+A directly following the screening with Evan Mann
This is a free event.

Join us at Leon as we celebrate an exclusive one-night only screening of the remarkable short films of video artist Evan Mann. Evan's films explore imaginative worlds that breathe in white-tone monochromatic hues, presenting furry creatures traveling through portals and across nature. Evan's films have been shown all over the world and have won several awards including the Jury Award for Best Experimental Short for "Real Ethereal" at the Slamdance Film Festival and Grand Prize winner of the Samsung 4k Challenge for "This Mountain". 

Learn more at: http://evanmann.com/

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Patrick Dethlefs + Natalie Tate Live at Leon!
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Patrick Dethlefs + Natalie Tate Live at Leon!

For the first time ever, Patrick Dethlefs will be playing with a full band at Leon featuring Jeff Rady (pedal steel), Blake Stephan (bass) and David Barnes (drums) to kick off his summer Colorado tour! Gracing the stage alongside Patrick for this special listening night is the marvelous and charming Natalie Tate, who will just be returning from her midwest tour! Join us as we celebrate music, community, and art. 

Doors at 7pm, music to begin shortly after.
$15 suggested donation at the door
 
Pre-Order Discount Tickets for $12 at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2583331

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"Baroque Selfies" Busts and Paintings by Matthew Harris
Jul
30
7:00 PM19:00

"Baroque Selfies" Busts and Paintings by Matthew Harris

Baroque Selfies 

Busts and Paintings by Matthew Harris

Opening Reception: July 30th, 2016 7-10 pm

Exhibition: July 30th, 2016 - August 27th, 2016

"Though the term “selfies” is new to our lexicon, the idea of presenting the best image of ourselves originated with the Greeks in the High Classical Period, where depictions of men became formulaic in their perfection.

"But those statues did not represent reality, just as much as photoshopping can hide reality from today’s portraits.  As time wore on certain sculptors and artists, like Giovanni Bernini and Francis Bacon dared to portray a more genuine subject which expressed emotion and movement and—heaven forbid!—even flaws.

"Ultimately these sculptures allow us the opportunity to question what we value—if the idealization of ourselves is the best course to take, or if accepting and accentuating flaws can be beautiful and, more importantly, useful. Harris remarks that his journey to creating this body of work came from the question, “where do I find the most value in life?” and the answer—deep relationships with other humans—led him to question the authenticity of human expression. He noticed that social crowds have certain indicators of status, “common denominators being power and wealth and looks, and those always seem to trump  humility or wisdom or generosity,” indicators that blur or cover–up flaws by substituting a genuine emotion with something empty, like money. 

"These grotesque selfie sculptures grant us a moment to reflect on the very act of human portraiture. Not only is Harris paying homage to his influences—Bernini and Bacon—he is diving into the philosophical realm by exploring the reason we want to represent ourselves, pointing out that  “as humans we seek attention, and I think that is part of our weakness.”" -Cori Anderson 303 Magazine

Artist Statement:
My recent series of “Baroque Selfies” questions the ways in which an individual gains social status. Wealth, physical appearance, and charming personality too often trump wisdom, compassion, and humility. Failure to gain the attention and approval we crave feeds our insecurities and drives us to try even harder. With the elaboration of social media, we are bombarded with even more opportunities to curate our public lives.  These works serve both as generalized portraits of human vulnerability and as self portraits that question my own susceptibility to self-centered perspectives.  

Bio:

Matthew Harris received his MFA at the University of Colorado Boulder (2011) and is currently the Head of 3D Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver, CO. In 2013 he received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant and was a resident artist at Demiurge Design. He recently exhibited a sculpture at the Denver International Airport and in previous years, has been shot at with a musket in Mexico, pushed off a cobblestone wall by a horse in Spain’s Sierra Nevada, and survived an earthquake in Peru. 

Learn more about Matthew Harris: http://www.matthewharris.net/

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Astronomy on Tap!
Jul
22
8:00 PM20:00

Astronomy on Tap!

Science is even better with beer! Join us for the next Astronomy on Tap, here in Denver, CO! Had fun last time? Invite your friends, this is a free event! For the next installment of Astronomy on Tap we are bringing together an exciting team to bring you the science & suds, astronomy & alcohol, asteroids & booze, galaxies & glow sticks...this means free astronomy lectures AND free pours of some amazing, Colorado-sourced beer from Wynkoop!

Friday July 22nd, 2016

Doors at 8pm

This is a free event!

Presenters include: Baylee Bordwell, Thomas Rogers, and Becky Nevin

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Prairie Empire + Mike Clark at Leon
Jul
15
8:00 PM20:00

Prairie Empire + Mike Clark at Leon

Prairie Empire + Mike Clark

Doors at 8pm

In honor of their brand new album, The Salt,  released on Commodore Trotter Records on July 1, Prairie Empire will be gracing Leon on Friday, July 15th with a magical show

About Prairie Empire:

Prairie Empire is a Brooklyn-based band fronted by Brittain Ashford with Nim Ben-Reuven on drums. The band will be touring this summer with the support of Jacki Paolella on bass, keyboard and vocals.

.Link Love: http://www.prairieempire.org/

https://soundcloud.com/brittain-ashford/sets/the-salt/s-UmP6e

https://www.facebook.com/prairieempire/

 

About Mike Clark:

A prolific songwriter and performer whose past projects run the gamut from country-punk (The Jack Trades) to bluegrass (Crow Flies) to gypsy folk (The Ghost of Michael Clark). Clark’s alter ego as one-fifth of the popular Pueblo Americana outfit The Haunted Windchimes has seen him sharing stages with everyone from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to Garrison Keillor, playing before a listening audience of 4 million on A Prairie Home Companion last year.

Link Love: https://www.reverbnation.com/mikeclarksongs

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Film Premiere of "Adam Green's Alladin" + Q&A with Adam Green
Jun
24
8:00 PM20:00

Film Premiere of "Adam Green's Alladin" + Q&A with Adam Green

Adam Green's Alladin Film Premiere

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Doors at 8pm

Movie to begin promptly at 9pm

Q&A with Adam Green directly following the film

$10 Suggested Donation at the door

Join us at Leon as we take the first look at "Adam Green’s Aladdin", the second feature film from musician, artist and filmmaker Adam Green.  Adam Green will be joining us via Skype after the movie premier for a Q&A session. 

"Adam Green's Aladdin" is a tale set in the modern day world, Adam’s hyper-sensory, poetic and humorously subversive take on the classic Arabian Nights tale stars Adam as Aladdin living with his dysfunctional family in a “regular” American town ruled by a corrupt Sultan with a decadent socialite daughter. The entire film was shot using Paper Mache based on Adam's artwork and vision! 

The fantasy film stars an ensemble cast featuring some of New York’s biggest arts, music and film talent, including Natasha Lyonne, Macaulay Culkin, Alia Shawkat, Francesco Clemente, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Bip Ling, Jack Dishel, Zoe Kravitz and more!

The movie features a brand new Full Album Soundtrack composed and recorded by Adam, who will be kicking off a worldwide Aladdin Tour concurrent with the film and album's release in Spring 2016.

Click HERE to see the trailer for this wild and exciting new film from Adam Green! 

Learn more about Adam Green at: http://adamgreen.info/

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