What happens when archives and history inspire art? What does it look like? How does it sound, feel, or, even, taste? What is the process behind transforming archival materials into new creations?
Featuring new and inspired work from Colorado artists Esther Hernandez, Nathan Hall, Sarah Fukami, Elyssa Lewis, George Perez, Sarah Walsh, John Lake and Sarah Gjertson who all used archival materials as their muse.
Performances by Esther HZ and Elyssa Lewis at 7:00pm
& again at 8:00p on the 27th.
Archives as Muse After Party on the 26th.
Archives as Muse Exhibit Reception on the 27th.
Exhibit runs October 23rd-29th.
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.
Link Love: Follow Bluebook
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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Strings & Wood:
2016 promises to be one of the most exciting years yet for the independent music community in Denver! For the last seven years, Strings & Wood has had the honor of serving as a platform for that community. We have had the privilege of hosting some of the best local, national, and international touring artists. Together with you, we have been able to foster some of the finest talent either side of the Rockies. Together, we have supported the growth and flourishing of the independent music community. We want to convey our deepest gratitude to all of you for your continued dedication to that community. stringsandwood.com
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
In honor of Jess Webb's solo exhibition, In Between Life & Death, we are proud to present a select performance by Lake Mary, Eric Rich Ensemble, and Saskatoon (featuring Jess Webb and Paul DeHaven).
Saskatoon is a musical collaboration between lovers and friends paul Dehaven and Jess Webb. They incorporate found sounds, looping, Rhodes, guitar, cello and electronic shenanigans. There first two albums are ambient soundscapes. This will be there first live show.
Lake Mary is not an island. Nor a lake. Lake Mary is a billowing white canopy in which friends crouch beneath and play their instruments for a season. Some come and go. Anchoring Lake Mary as a home to return to after some spring-time roaming. Others stay for a time. Make themselves cozy, and pick and play and drone and zone for a few revolutions under radical hospitality and pro-active selflessness". -Ryan Hall (heligator records)
The Ranch Family Band consists of dream whales, gemstars, droners, shredders, & really good swimmers. We came together in the mountains of Colorado and began to create sounds around what it means to be in community, human, animal, cosmic, and otherwise, and to also spend as much time swimming together as we can. I can't tell you how big my heart is knowing we get to get to reunion for this special night.
We invite you to partake in all of these with us.
Especially (in no particular order) music, swims, and slapshots
Eric Rich Ensemble:
Eric Rich is a self-taught pianist and contemporary composer with punk roots in Salt Lake City. Born and raised in the mountains, he draws inspiration from wilderness, anarchism, and meaningful human interaction. First turned on to minimalism through Steve Reich and post-rock via Godspeed You! Black Emperor at 20 years old, Eric Rich's music has evolved to incorporate elements reminiscent of composers Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick, and ensembles like Austin-based Balmorhea.
The Eric Rich Ensemble is a fluid organism, changing in size and scope to fit diverse compositions and venues, with instrumentation including strings, winds, vibraphone and marimba. The ensemble has performed in a public library, a piano showroom, a repurposed church, and many welcoming living rooms.
Eric Rich is joined on this tour by world traveling violist Sarah Custen (formerly toured with Will Sartain); Salt-Lake based percussionist Matt Laser (current drummer of Tavaputs); and Denver-based guitarist Chaz Prymek, also known for his work as Lake Mary.
Join Dr. Davey B. Gravey for an evening at Leon celebrating the release of the newest original Tiny Movie: "MOONGLOW!"
An Alien. A Barn. The Groove of the Cosmos... See the modern marvel of moving pictures for yourself!
The Tiny Cinema will be parked out back and will be accepting patrons starting at 7pm, as always: four at a time. Inside Leon there will be beer & wine for sale and a fantastic disc jockey (TBA).
Also, there will be a Q&A with the Director at 9:30 inside the gallery!
Step right up! THE TINY CINEMA IS BACK!
In-Between Life & Death
New Works by Jess Webb
Exhibition: February 6th, 2016 - March 5th, 2016
Opening Reception: February 6th, 2016 7-11pm
In-Between Life & Death is a body of installation work, 2d work called Squares, & soundscape. It incorporates fiber art, found objects & interactive sound. This work embodies the concept of the place between life and death, a place between wakefulness and dream, & the humble place of now.
A special performance by Saskatoon will take place at the end of the exhibition on March 1st with special guest Lake Mary! Stay tuned for more details.
We are excited to announce that Leon will be at the 2016 LA Art Show this year! The LA Art Show, the 200,000 square foot art fair that welcomed more than 50,000 art enthusiasts to the Los Angeles Convention Center this past year, will launch its newly curated art show experience at the upcoming 2016 event. This large masterwork by Diego Rodriguez-Warner will be prominently featured at the fair.
We will be exhibiting the following artists:
Diego Rodriguez-Warner - artist website
Jared David Paul Anderson - artist website
Matthew J. Mahoney - artist website
Matt Scobey - artist website
Michael Dowling - artist website
Tim Schwartz - artist website
We hope you can join us from January 27th - 31st. For more information on dates and time, visit http://www.laartshow.com/. Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be in L.A and would like to attend the fair.
The Art of War
New Paintings by JOLT
Exhibition:December 12th, 2015-Jan 24th, 2016
Opening Reception: December 12th, 2015 7-11pm
The only way to win the war with ones self and to process that struggle through art is with strategy. The ability to strategize expressing your deepest emotions and gain a new understanding from that process yet walk away the victor of your own personal battle can only begin with not only knowledge of self, but knowledge of your craft. I battle against myself and the system that I was born into. I battle with wild style letters and their symbolic warfare against any standardization enforced by the rules of the alphabet and its oppressive nature by arming those letters with arrows, shields, and by manipulating the angles. I defend myself with symbolic masks that sometimes mirror the adversary opposing me, represent my emotions and look to human ancestry for the necessary symbology to face spiritual dilemmas. I’m often the casualty of the wars in which I choose to engage. Strategy is always at the forefront of that engagement, the ability to express deep emotional turmoil and advance ones technical ability while conquering all fears and challenges is what brings the war into art and the strategy of The Art of War into my work.
Opening Reception and Exhibition of "Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright and Shiny Future Together" Diego Rodriguez-Warner and Matthew J. Mahoney
Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright and Shiny Future Together
Diego Rodriguez-Warner + Matthew J. Mahoney
Exhibition: November 7th-December 6th, 2015
Opening Reception: November 7th, 2015 7pm - ∞
Left Ajar: Plastic Old and Our Bright Shiny Future Together is an installation of artifacts, effigies, and paintings. It is a reflection, a visual cacophony bound to harmonious rhythm. This show contains figuration, texture, space, memory, narrative, history, fiction. Severed heads, severed images, horses, nudes, babies, goats, visual histories, and gods. It contains evil. It’s about power. The work is candy coated with vibrant, sweet and sour color.
Join Leon for an intimate night of live music.
Brett Randell, singer/songwriter currently based in Denver, CO., will be performing with special guest Montropo. With an emphasis on stories, lyrics, and catchy melodies, Brett's clear and powerful voice brings emotion and energy to the singer/songwriter genre. Special guest, Montropo, will be bringing a unique, folk pop sound featuring the music and lyrics of Andrés Diaz.
We hope you can join us for what will be a promising evening!
Doors at 8pm, $10 at door
It has been a while since our last performance art show, so we are going to bring back the magic with something special: an acoustic set from Sea of Eyes with special guest An Awkward Photograph.
Please join us as we open the doors at 8pm to celebrate new music from these two Denver based musical heroes.
Suggested donation $10
fasten; join together
An installation and exhibition by Clearly... aka Tina Chavera
Exhibition: Oct 3rd – Oct 31st, 2015
Opening reception: Oct. 3rd, 2015 7 - 10pm
Drawing heavily from her street art background, Clearly (aka Tina Chavera) will transform Leon into an interactive installation with large scale sculpture, using alpaca furs, wheat paste, turmeric, and tape to create two opposing landscapes: a desert and an ocean.