Featuring Works By:
Jared David Paul Anderson
Tya Alisa Anthony
Eric Robert Dallimore
Lauri Lynnxe Murphy
Eric G. Nord
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 email@example.com 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.
Multidim Records Launch Party
October 12th, 2018
8pm - Midnight
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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.
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.
Suggested Donation: $10
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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
Music:8pm til 11pm (ish)
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
For 120 days LEON is home to a unique and experimental project:
SO WRONG IT'S SO RIGHT
What happens when we stop playing by THE rules and create our own game?
Walk by the windows, or connect via Instagram @sowrongitssoright
Every day you'll find a new way to play a part
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:
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.
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.
Write on your hand
Your task at hand
Roll your dice
Make a decision
Doodle gold smiley face
Teeth in your skull
Smudge of life
Who’s the Boss?
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.
Creating Crumbling Cosmos: A Retrospective Screening of Films by Evan Mann
*One night only
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/
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
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
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.
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/
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
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/
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
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/
Opening Reception of "Observing (A)trophy Life - Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal and Political Addiction" works by David Freeman, curated by Camille Rose Shortridge
Observing (A)trophy Life - Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal and Political Addiction - new and existing works by David Freeman, curated by Camille Rose Shortridge
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 7-11pm
Exhibition: June 18th - July 16th, 2016
David Freeman is an artist from McAllen, Texas who explores immigration, border issues and the war on drugs. He has been featured in The New York Times as a prevalent artist pushing social-political work beyond "border nations".
Observing (A)trophy Life - Celebrating Our Luxury of Social, Personal and Political Addiction is an exploration of the system of complexities found in border-nations and beyond. David Freeman creates a satirically ceremonial celebration of our populations' luxurious addictions, many of which are contradictory. Through his Trophy series, he juxtaposes the existence of drug cartels and our participation in it's survival due to our own personal addictions. His origins have thus profoundly influenced his art as he creates a context and platform for discussion on prevalent national issues. Leon will be exhibiting Freeman's series of drug cartel inspired mixed-media trophies, life sized piñatas in the image of border patrol guards and refugees, and colorful border travel photographs.
David Freeman's origins have profoundly influenced his art, as he observes that there exists a living presence of a blending of cultures and ethnicity in south Texas. His work depicts a truth within our society, which we are either not aware of, or, choose to ignore. That is one of greed, and luxury, within our personal, social and political lives. He does this ironically by creating grandiose trophies, painting them completely in gold and adorning them with such cultural and drug cartel related icons as skulls, weapons and patron saints. The appearance of luxury hides the ugly and dangerous system within which allows for the possessions of luxury to thrive. In Freeman's art, this luxury is the possession of drugs, which allows the drug cartel to continue producing and working, habitually with violent consequences.
Join us on Saturday, June 18th, 2016, 7-11pm at Leon, as we welcome this exciting, internationally exhibited artist to Denver, and celebrate this important, and vibrant series of work, on view through July 16th. We also look forward to marking this as Leon’s Camille Rose Shortridge’s first professional curatorial project.
Vibraciones - A Concert of Voice and Classical Guitar featuring Stephanie Ann Ball and Ted Hummel
Saturday, June 11th, 2016
Purchase Advanced Tickets by clicking HERE
Advanced Purchase: $15 At the Door: $18
Join us on Saturday, June 11th at 7:00 pm for a concert of music featuring the voice and classical guitar. Guest artists Stephanie Ann Ball, soprano, and Ted Hummel, guitar will bring passion and artistry to pieces that are rarely performed but sure to move and inspire. This intimate evening of music in a creative space is something you will not want to miss.
Music by Fernando Sor, Judith Cloud, Franz Schubert, J.S. Bach, and Heitor Villalobos will illuminate the sensual combination of voice and classical guitar. Gorgeous vocal melodies, luscious guitar harmonies, and exquisite poetry combine to make this the perfect way to spend a warm summer evening.
Held at the Leon Gallery in Uptown Denver, this concert will be enhanced by the intimacy of a space rich with its own creative ambiance. Space is limited, so reserve your seats today!
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Join us at Leon for our monthly series: The Leon Affair! This reading series is presented by Derrick Mund and Sommer Browning of Spring Gun Press. Each month these two talented writers and editors bring us a stellar line up of writers to present their works to you.
From our curators of the Leon Affair:
Green & Lewis & Drager & Cabrera & Svalina will be gracing us with their prose and poems and bodies and voices and pheremones this month!
Also, a rare Friday night Leon Affair (our spouse is back from a Nihilist Arby's Convention Saturday night. And even though they said, "I don't know, probably later, like half till dawn past dusk. The world is a bleak and meaningless endless pumping of Arby's cheddar sauce over the mound of nickle thin sliced proccessd beef we harbor as a relationship." It just seems safer to Affair on Friday.)
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Join us at Leon as we get into the beautiful sounds and lounge-y vibes from Bluebook. This show is a special performance in honor of Jaimie Gershen and Douglas Spencer's exhibition "The Shadow Knows".
Doors at 8pm
Bluebook is Julie Davis’ haunting analog-electro project, offering new songs and old, from each of her former projects—Bela Karoli, Fairchildren, and The Seven Hats. NPR has described Davis’ music as offering, “beautifully structured dynamics and captivating sonic twists," and The Denver Post Reverb says Davis “gives haunting, holy voice to some of the darkest spots of imagination.” With a stage set-up designed to fit snugly in the back of a station wagon, Bluebook aspires to cross-country trips connected by shows in second-rate motel lounges.
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Join us at Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center in Parker, Colorado as we celebrate "Dust" by Nathan Abels.
May 19th, 2016 6-8pm
Parker Arts Culture and Events Center
20000 Pikes Peak Avenue, Parker, CO 80138
"Dust" was inspired by Wonderbound's newest production about the Dust Bowl. Nathan has created an entirely new body of work centralized around the theme of Dust. Leon Gallery is proud to collaborate with Wonderbound and Rule Gallery to present this spectacular new show at Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center.
Check out this VIDEO created by Samuel Pike and Wonderbound to learn more about Nathan's process and his inspiration for this exhibition.
Artist Statement: My work explores the landscape and its inhabitants. The current series is based on the subject of dust. Some of the pieces in this series reference the historic Dust Bowl directly while others are more obscure. Obscurity itself is also one of the central themes of the recent works. Many of my images depict a paused narrative, such as headlights in the distance or standing at an overlook. What I am capturing in these paused moments is a sense of, as Keats wrote, “straining at particles of light in the midst of great darkness.”
Bio: Nathan Abels is an artist living and working in Evergreen, Colorado. His works typically take the form of paintings and drawings with an emphasis on landscape, atmosphere, and reduction. Nathan is represented by Rule Gallery in Denver, Colorado and Marfa, TX.
Get Yeti: Denver Film Premiere
$10 suggested donation, all proceeds go toward production costs
Join us for a night of celebration and the world premiere of "Get Yeti" a film by The Camel Toast Collective.
7pm - doors / music
8pm - 'The Making of Get Yeti'
8:30 - Premiere
8:45 - Awards
9pm - Dance Party
Since the dawn of time every culture has been fascinated by a mysterious apelike creature that goes by many names: Yeti, Big Foot, Sasquatch, the Abominable Snowman. The creature has been spotted countless times all across the world. The lure of the Yeti is no joking matter, people have dedicated their entire lives to try and prove its existence. Believing in the Yeti is the only thing that keeps the legend alive.
The Camel Toast Collective is a group of believers. For over three years they have been working hard to create a dance inspired by and dedicated to the Yeti. The result? GET YETI - a new dance craze that is bound to sweep the nation. And take it’s place among great dances of our times: The Macarena, The Harlem Shake, Walk Like an Egyptian, the Dougie
The Shadow Knows
Jaimie Gershen and Douglas Spencer
Exhibition: May 7th-June 4th, 2016
Opening Reception: May 7th, 2016 7pm - 11pm
You can hide down in the alley
With your hat pulled over your eye
You can wear a wig or moustache
Or any old disguise
Well, you can change your name and your address
Even change your style of clothes
But the Shadow knows
The Shadow knows
- The Coasters "The Shadow Knows" (1958)
Not all ghosts are meant to haunt and shadows never rest. We've built a home for the lightness and the darkness to get some R&R; an un-haunted house for the un-seen to rest in peace.
Leon Gallery will be transformed into a phantasmal installation by Douglas and Jaimie, creating an eidolic atmosphere where viewers are invited to witness the spectre of an old party, a bedroom full of mystery, or a mantle-piece from times gone past. 2 dimensional works full of mystery and intrigue by both artists will adorn the gallery walls.
Jaimie Gershen works in ink, fabric, thread, gold leaf, and found photographs, matches, and book pages. Douglas Spencer works primarily using smoke on glass, gold, mirrors, paint, glow in the dark paint, glitter, and found photographs and objects. Both Jaimie and Douglas have had several pop-up shows in alternative gallery spaces across Colorado, but this is the first gallery exhibition for both artists, as well as their first time collaborating.
Jaimie Gershen is an artist living in Denver with a background in printmaking, though her current focus is on embroidery, pen drawing, and found objects. In her art, Jaimie likes to play with matches and hide secret messages.
Douglas Spencer is an artist living in Denver working with a variety of mediums including layered glass, manipulating smoke, gold-leafing and sculpture. Douglas is also a master fine art framer, working for over 10 years in the custom framing industry.
Jaimie Gershen = instagram.com/jaimiegershen
Douglas Spencer = instagram.com/nevertell.help
Strings & Wood is proud to partner with Leon to bring you Portland, Oregon's The Cabin Project and Denver's own Jen Korte and the Loss. This is our first show of the year and it promises to be a special night. Spots are limited in the gallery so get your tix soon!
Doors at 7pm
The Cabin Project is an orchestral indie pop band from the Portland whose sound stems from anthemic choruses, three-part harmonies, octave pedals, and string sections. The songs are musically expansive, yet retain an intimacy similar to that of The National, Bon Iver, Feist, and Warpaint.
Jen Korte blew into Colorado from Austin, Texas in 2005. She came guided by the momentum of Americana and Caribbean rhythms, a prowess for distinctively intricate guitar lines, and the grit and power of a Western storm in her voice. Since forming her Denver-based band, The Loss, Korte has been mesmerizing audiences at festivals and concerts across Colorado, for almost a decade.
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eScapes by Tim Schwartz
Opening Reception: March 12th, 2016. 7-11pm
On Exhibition: March 12th-April 24th, 2016
Escapism explores the spaces between worlds. It asks us, as viewers, to place ourselves somewhere between the analogue and the digital, between the physical and the virtual, challenging us to consider the ways in which these seemingly disparate worlds interact and overlap.
As active participants in a booming technological society, we are constantly glued to screens. But the visual images we see on them are fleeting, transient, and often difficult to retain. ePaper screens, developed to imitate paper, display information that is generated through reflection rather than projection from the screen itself, allowing for a longer meditation on the content appearing on the screen, notably the text of books. The works presented here use ePaper technology to capture fleeting digital images and lock them into a physical form, freezing them in time. These are digital images in their native state, with no mode of translation — no print out — and yet they have materiality. The technology has been stripped down to its very core, to the point of losing its utility. The ability to change the images has been removed, leaving just raw screens with components exposed and the images embedded within them. The imagery on the screens implies a liminality, an enigmatic edge between physical reality and virtual reality by approximating landscapes, seascapes, and skyscapes. Mountains, oceans, and clouds, are the primary scenes, but they have been created using the standard 3D programs used for movies, advertising, and animation, but in ways the programs were never intended to operate. Although the images are experienced by the viewer in two dimensions, the digital information used to virtually create them is actually three dimensional, employing coordinates on x,y, and z planes