While geomancing in the three-acre parking lot adjacent to an area Super Target, Nicholas Toll was visited by an apparition of self-cannonized entrepreneurial saint Bartholomew “Papi” Gimmix, encircled in a halo of fluorescent light. He gave forth a powerful sermon concerning the spiritual underpinnings of 21st century material culture, and, despite the way it may seem, the deep existential importance of being able to have anything you want whenever you want it.
As the Road is Long – Sarah Law
Several years ago, while shooting a wedding, I had the lovely good fortune to meet a touring band who had flown in to play for the celebration. The day changed the direction of my photography and my life
Blood-Sisters – Sandi Calistro & Blair Pascal
BLOOD+SISTER is an ever-expanding collaboration project between painter and custom tattooer Sandi Calistro and photographer Blair Pascal. Each photographic portrait included within the exhibition is hand painted after print, composing a seamless interconnection of two art forms and the synthesis of two individual artist’s visions.
Sweet Sweet Life: The photographic works of John Denver
First exhibited at Leon on January 11th, 2014, this show has since traveled to Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO on Oct 10th, 2014 and Substrate Gallery in Los Angeles in honor of the dedication of John Denver’s Hollywood Star of Fame on October 24th, 2014.
In the Reign of King Harad IV – Alex Boyd & Yuri Zupancic
The title of the final exhibition for 2013 at Leon is inspired from a short story by Steven Millhauser that was published in the New Yorker on April 10, 2016. In the Reign of King Harad IV is a story of a maker of miniatures who is celebrated for the uncanny perfection of his work. Over time the Master becomes restless and obsessed with making things smaller, and smaller until one day, no one can see his creations any more and the kingdom thinks he is mad. Alex Boyd and Yuri Zupancic are also masters of making things miniature, one through his metalsmithing, the other by painting masterpieces on microchips.
Eric R. Dallimore – On Year of Becoming Wonderbound
During the 2012/2013 Season, photographer Eric Robert Dallimore spent a year photographing Wonderbound (formerly known as Ballet Nouveau Colorado) in the studio and on-stage for every performance. What emerges are 60 intimate portraits of Garrett Ammon and Dawn Fay directing the dancers in the studio, behind the curtain, on the stage, and in the theater. Shot with 3200 speed film in both medium format and 35mm, these silver gelatin prints are stark, impassioned, and singularly intense.
JFK as an Indian; Icons, Assassinations, and Indiginy – Jimmy Descant
My Father took 9 pictures of JFK on the campaign trail in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2 minutes in August, 1960 after marrying my Mother who grew up in Grand Haven, Mich. I grew up in New Orleans, where my Father is from. The 1″ negatives were given to me when I was young, and I had 2 sets developed as snapshots in the 1980’s. The negatives and photos survived Hurricane Katrina with little else, in a suitcase in my attic.
Primal Ooze – Jared David Paul
‘Primal Ooze’ is a visual exploration of the way extinct humans might have created and worshiped art. The work is made utilizing sticks, leaves, found wood, totems, soot ink, 22 karat gold and burned logs from fire circles.
Perilism – Diego Rodriguez-Warner
I tear things apart and put them back together. This is how I eventually come to an understanding of them.
Color, Optics, Light – Barth Quenzer
In his most current body of work, Barth Quenzer finds comfort in an estranged aesthetic, a feeling that places the viewer in a space between the formal and the abstract. His paintings are thick and layered leaving plenty for the eye to discover. In these paintings, worlds collide with explosive color and texture. The recognizable themes in his work rely on playful studies and experimental painting processes using oils, acrylics, latex and found images.