Opening Reception and Exhibition - 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs
Nov
15
Jan 4

Opening Reception and Exhibition - 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs

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Opening Reception and Exhition of 36 Views of the Lion's Lair by Gary Isaacs

Exhibition: November 15th, 2014-January 4th, 2015

Opening Reception: November 15th, 2014 7-10pm
 

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Gary Isaacs Artist Statement
36 Views of the Lion’s Lair

From the I Ching : What takes place in the depths of one's being, in the unconscious, can neither be called forth nor prevented by the conscious mind.

Back in 2008 I was in NYC visiting with my uncle Philip where for 50 years he’s lived in the same one room walk up just around the corner from Grand Central Station. I've always loved his place, It’s like a cross between an Appalachian shack and the Vatican. One night during my stay I awoke to find him sitting motionless at the edge of his bed. Wearing only boxers, his back was to me, and I was startled to see that it was completely covered by a beautiful tattoo rendering of Hokusai's The Great Wave off Kanagawa. I was so startled that I woke up again . . . . I had been dreaming. My uncle was in fact fast asleep, tattoo-less except for the faded "Shirley" on his left shoulder. 

Home in Denver several weeks later, I was walking past the Lions Lair for the zillionth time when it spontaneously occurred to me that it might be interesting to make a series of photographs all anchored by at least some portion of the Lions Lair façade . . . "36 Views of the Lions Lair" . It’s as simple as that. These images are photographs of both the Lions Lair itself and of moments visually sandwiched between myself and the façade of the Lions Lair. For the record, I've spent my fair share of hours and dollars inside of that place, probably more than some would advise calling attention to, and over the years I have made thousands upon thousands of photographs "inside" the Lair, but that's another story. 

36 Views of the Lion’s Lair is not about my experience on the inside, and though I've also spent years photographing up and down the length of the once rough and tumble "longest, wickedest street in America" that is Colfax, these photographs are not particularly about that either. This is not some sort of social commentary, documentary, or lifestyle piece. I set out to create a body of work that nodded to the series of woodblock prints created by Katsushika Hokusai in early 1800's Japan entitled 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Or, said another way, this is a collection of photographs that represent my conscious exploration of a specific limitation suggested to me by my unconscious. 

Where did my initial dream come from? I don't know. What did that dream mean? I don't know. The first time that I walked past the Lions Lair after having had that dream why did it occur to me to embark on this project? I don't know. Would it have ever entered my mind to make these images had I not had that dream? I doubt it. All that I can say with certainty is that I feel that there is a direct, if not completely knowable, connection between the dream and the idea to make these photographs. 


BIO:

Unless one is willing to reveal themselves to the world the world will not reveal itself to them. One will never be able to see more in their work than they are able to see in themselves and by the same token they will not be able to not see themselves in their own creations . . . . .

Before I began photographing in earnest sometime during the mid 80's my life had unfolded less like the chapters of a continuous narrative and more like a succession of short stories with no apparent connection between them other than I happened to be there cast in the first person. By the time we moved the studio out of Union Station in 1998 my archive had swollen to roughly 200,000 negatives and I had become deeply embedded in a career that straddled a range of editorial and advertising assignments that I juggled along side an ongoing series of personal projects. I've never been the kind of guy who had a "day job" and have always found a way to turn whatever I was truly inspired by into a full time gig. For the last thirty years "photography" has been my passion, my vocation and a spiritual path all in one.

 


Christian Lee Hutson with special guest Tyler Lee Holter and Mount Saint Elias Live at Leon!
Nov
16
Nov 17

Christian Lee Hutson with special guest Tyler Lee Holter and Mount Saint Elias Live at Leon!

Leon Gallery is proud to welcome back Christian Lee Hutson (Los Angeles, CA) to the stage with special guests Tyler Lee Holter (Denver, CO) and making their Leon debut is Mount Saint Elias (Oakland, CA). Sundays just don't get any better than this. 

Doors at 7:00

Discount Presale TIckets available through Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/925271

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Closing Reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Lament
Nov
9
7:00 pm19:00

Closing Reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's Lament

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Join us on Sunday, November 9th, from 7pm - 10pm for the closing reception of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy's art exhibition, Lament. The evening will feature a live music performance by Roger Green, as well as a live reading by Daniel Landes.

Roger Green is an accomplished musician, who most recently performed at the opening reception of Myopia, Mark Mothersbaugh's art exhibition at Denver's MCA.

Daniel Landes is a well known author and owner of Denver's City O' City and Watercourse restaurants. 

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in/PLANES + Bluebook Live at Leon!
Oct
18
7:30 pm19:30

in/PLANES + Bluebook Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon this Saturday night as we welcome in/PLANES ( Inaiah Lujan / Desirae Garcia) and Bluebook (Julie Davis / Joseph Pope III) as they wrap up their Fall Tour at our gallery. 

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Baroque Chamber Orchestra Live at Leon!
Oct
12
5:00 pm17:00

Baroque Chamber Orchestra Live at Leon!

Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado presents

Goldberg Transformations

Sunday October 12, 2014. Doors at 5:00 pm. Concert will begin promptly at 5:30. 

$20 (students $5)

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=48443

The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado is very excited to perform for the first time at Leon! This concert is part of our Baroque Out of Bounds series, featuring musical explorations and conversation in inviting spaces.

The New Patriot Dinner and Private Reception with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food
Oct
4
7:00 pm19:00

The New Patriot Dinner and Private Reception with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food

On Saturday, Oct 4th, 2014 Leon is partnering with Chef Brian Crow of Devil's Food to present an unforgettable private dinner inspired by Jared David Paul Anderson's The New Patriot.

Seating is extremely limited to 15 guests and tickets are $60 per person. 

Tickets may be purchased ONLY at the link below:
http://newpatriotdinner.brownpapertickets.com/

The New Patriot - Closing Reception
Oct
3
7:00 pm19:00

The New Patriot - Closing Reception

Join us for a closing party in honor of Jared David Paul Anderson's, The New Patriot. Unless you are planning to attend our private Artist's Dinner on Saturday, October 4th, this is your last chance to experience this provocative and playful exhibtion. 

The Reading Series
Sep
27
7:30 pm19:30

The Reading Series

Join us at Leon as we celebrate all that is wonderful in literature, prose, and poetry in Denver.

Each month, a small collective of published writers descend upon Leon to share their works with a wonderful literary arts community and supporters. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Doors at 7:30. 

This month we are featuring: Elisa Gabbert, Vanessa Angelica Vilarreal, and Joshua Ware.

Stephen Steinbrink + The Ever Ending Kicks + American Culture Live at Leon!
Sep
20
8:00 pm20:00

Stephen Steinbrink + The Ever Ending Kicks + American Culture Live at Leon!

Join us at Leon as we collaborate with Macon Terry of Collectible Records to bring you a special evening of extraordinary music from Washington by Stephen Steinbrink and The Ever Ending Kicks. 

Doors at 8pm

$10 suggested donation

Presale Discounted Tickets available at: http://steinbrink.brownpapertickets.com/

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EDJ + Nick Jaina live at Leon
Sep
6
8:00 pm20:00

EDJ + Nick Jaina live at Leon

We are honored to announce we'll be hosting Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins, Vetiver, Califone) in our sweet space on September 6th, surrounded by the artwork of Jared David Paul!

Eric is one of our all-time favorite songwriters and players in the known universe. Join us for this special night!

$12 advance // $15 day of

Eric D. Johnson is an American singer songwriter and composer. He is perhaps best known for being the front man and sole permanent member of the long running band Fruit Bats, as well as his collaborations with The Shins, Vetiver and Califone. He also produces records and does movie scores. His new thing is called EDJ and will be out this fall.

 

Opening Reception and Exhibition of "The New Patriot" by Jared David Paul Anderson
Sep
5
Oct 4

Opening Reception and Exhibition of "The New Patriot" by Jared David Paul Anderson

Opening Reception and Exhibition of  "The New Patriot"  New Works from Jared David Paul Anderson

Opening Reception: Friday, September 5th 7-10pm

Exhibition: September 5th-October 4th, 2014

"The New Patriot is vulnerable and brave. The New Patriot is tolerant and pissed and vocal and in love with country and ruthlessly turning some strange dream into a curious reality….all while having a good deep belly laugh."

Boxwood Pinball Tournament and Closing Reception for "Nothing is Yours to Keep.
Aug
27
7:00 pm19:00

Boxwood Pinball Tournament and Closing Reception for "Nothing is Yours to Keep.

Join us at Leon as we celebrate the closing reception of Nothing is Yours to Keep, New Works by Travis Hetman with a Pinball tournament! Besides being an incredibly talented fine artist, Travis also makes handmade tabletop wooden pinball machines which will be on display and available for play at the closing reception. 

The Tournament begins at 8pm and will run until about 9pm. $5 entry fee. Winner takes all!

The pinball machines will be available the entire night and are free to play, but the tournament will cost 5 bones jones. Winners of the tournament will take home the cash pot and will also receive special prizes, to be announced soon. 

The Forum Stories at Leon with Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) + Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden)  *SOLD OUT
Aug
22
7:00 pm19:00

The Forum Stories at Leon with Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers) + Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden) *SOLD OUT

The Forum Stories at Leon

Join us for evening of creative inspiration and live storytelling at Leon Art Gallery on Friday August 22nd. We'll sip drinks, chat with fellow explorers, and listen to the unique journeys of two of the city's most celebrated creatives, Barth Quenzer (Guerilla Garden) and Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers). Admission is free but donations are welcome and will support future programming at the gallery.

Matt Campbell + Austin Miller Live at Leon!
Aug
15
8:00 pm20:00

Matt Campbell + Austin Miller Live at Leon!

It's time for us to announce the return of two of Leon's legendary players, Matt Campbell and Austin Miller. We are paring this due up for a dynamite night of music. Don't miss out!

Doors at 8pm, Show starts at 8:45pm 

$7 Advance Tickets available or $10 at the door. *Suggested Donation

Advance tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/819142

Chris Schlarb + NORTH Live at Leon!
Aug
5
8:00 pm20:00

Chris Schlarb + NORTH Live at Leon!

Chris Schlarb with special guest NORTH Live at Leon!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Doors: 8pm

$10 Suggested Donation at the door

$7 Pre-sale tickets available at:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/796548

If you don't recognize Chris Schlarb's name, it's because he's the kind of man whom music flows through, rather than the sort who spends his time corralling sound into the spotlight. 

Guitarist and producer Chris Schlarb's collaborated with Wilco's Nels Cline, Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, Daedelus, the Philip Glass Ensemble's Mick Rossi, Sufjan Stevens, and pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley. That list of collaborators speaks to his eclectic sensibility; under his own name and with the groups Create(!) and I Heart Lung, he's blurred avant-garde jazz into electronic ambient, minimal classical and pop-folk. Schlarb's music has a pensive, numinous feel, emphasizing fine-grained and muted, sparkling textures.

You, Me And Them. A special performance by Adriana Cubides
Jul
11
6:00 pm18:00

You, Me And Them. A special performance by Adriana Cubides

Leon Gallery Announces a special 2 night only performance by international performer, Adriana Cubides.

YOU, ME AND THEM 

An intimate, public, and sensorial experience between performer Adriana Cubides,a blindfolded participant and people passing on the street. 6pm-9:30pm Thursday, July 10th and Friday, July 11th from 6pm-9:30pm

You, Me and Them. A performance by Adriana Cubides
Jul
10
6:00 pm18:00

You, Me and Them. A performance by Adriana Cubides

Leon Gallery Announces a special 2 night only performance by international performer, Adriana Cubides.

YOU, ME AND THEM 

An intimate, public, and sensorial experience between performer Adriana Cubides,a blindfolded participant and people passing on the street. 6pm-9:30pm Thursday, July 10th and Friday, July 11th from 6pm-9:30pm

animum explorari Special Lake Mary Performance.
Jul
5
10:00 am10:00

animum explorari Special Lake Mary Performance.

12-Hour Music Performance -July 5, 2014, 10am-10pm. 

Jordan Knecht has curated a 12-hour improvised music performance in the site-specific installation from 10a.m. to 10p.m. Sign up for 30 min time slots to enjoy the exhibition with this special music experience.