Animal, Vegetable, Mineral is a two person collaborative exhibition two years in the making. Artists Lindsay Smith Gustave and Marsha Mack hybridize their disparate practices to ruminate on questions of nature versus human nature, each uniquely analyzing the formation and function of our domestic surroundings. Natural elements—animal, vegetable, and mineral—are thematic foundations of this exhibition, utilized to portray the interaction with and memories of our domestic environment when they are no longer ‘of nature.’ Works by Gustave and Mack depict these elements as signifiers of extravagance, perceived value, and false comfort in a changing world. Spanning seasonal and massive global change, Animal, Vegetable, Mineral has taken on new meaning in this year of pandemic and quarantine as exercises in isolation and criticism of creature comforts.
Human Currency is a collection of works that confronts institutional racism in the representation of the cowrie seashell. Each piece addresses a contemporary issue that signifies deep rooted historical practices of slavery, racism, fertility, womanhood, birth, and wealth. The cowrie shell is the symbol of life; Jasmine Abena Colgan uses the shell to share her belief that through womanhood, we will develop the change in the world that is needed today. A simplistic form portrays a beautiful depiction as a metaphor, which is vocalized through the African perspective in artistic material.
Black in Denver
Artist Bio: Denver-based photographer, Narkita Gold has been honing her skills in digital photography since 2009. She’s passionate about arts and culture and finds inspiration in the human experience, city life, and architecture. She’s currently profiling the city’s movers, shakers, and every day folks about the Black experience in the Mile High City in her […]
Please Stand By
A small gift of beauty & art for the world in our windows along 17th and Park Avenue. Work by: Jared David Paul Anderson; Camille Rose Shortridge; Michael Dowling
Was, Is, Will Be – Leon’s 3rd Annual Performance Art Series
Was, Is, Will Be is Leon’s 3rd Annual Performance Art Series, broadcasting remotely throughout the month of May, 2020, and during the stay-at-home/safer-at-home orders of Governor Polis and Mayor Hancock. Artists were provided an honorarium to create a work of pre-recorded video or prepare a performance for live streaming. As the various works are premiered […]
Kevin Frances – Man in the Moon
Kevin Frances Man In The Moon February 15th – March 28th, 2020 Join us as we celebrate the Colorado debut of Kevin Frances (NYC) for Mo’ Print: Month of Printmaking. Photo credit: Amanda Tipton Photography website: http://www.kevinfrances.com/ Statement: Objects are spread across a table: books, bills, an almost empty cup of coffee, a note to […]
Bunny M – Beasts of Burden
bunny M – beasts of burden Instagram: instagram.com/thebunnyM Website: www.bunnyM.com Leon is proud to announce the largest solo show to date in Denver of the works of bunny M. Predominantly existing only in the streets, artist bunny M, will be taking a rare moment in her career to exhibit beasts of burden, a collection of […]
Kaitlyn Tucek – Overlook
OVERLOOK Kaitlyn Tucek website: www.kaitlyntucek.com/ August 31st – October 12th, 2019 Artist Statement: On page 531 of the 2001 edition of Janson’s Western Art History textbook you can find the following quote: “So far, we have not discussed a named woman artist, although this does not mean that there were none.” While doing research for […]
Ramiro Smith Estrada – Expertly Paired
The portraits included in Ramiro Smith Estrada’s exhibit Expertly Paired dazzle with their vibrant palette and intricately patterned designs. They are, indeed, visually sumptuous encounters that offer viewers aesthetic pleasure through their color and arrangement. But simply to look at his paintings for the purpose of optic gratification belies the cultural critique they wield.
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.