Madelyn Jordon High-quality Artwork is thrilled to present Superman, Batman, and the American Way a 10-12 months retrospective dedicated to artist DJ Leon, from November 6th via December 4th, 2020. The exhibition will investigate the outstanding trajectory of the self-taught artist whose intricate, believed-provoking compositions check out our countrywide love for superheroes and American cultural icons. The official opening is on Saturday, November 7th, 2020 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
Superman, Batman, and the The united states Way will survey the 10-year evolution of DJ Leon’s function because retiring from Wall Street in 2009 and transitioning to a second job as an artist. Included in the exhibition will be 15-20 operates symbolizing the various mediums in which Leon operates – photography, collage, lenticular prints, and 3D digital prints. This series of intricately crafted collaged pictures by DJ Leon dissects and reexamines American Culture by appropriating, curating, and combining hundreds of located photographs gathered from the world wide web with text, proprietary illustrations or photos, and business memorabilia. Focusing on multigenerational symbolic icons these as Batman and Superman, Leon features an exploration into our nationwide nostalgia, the phenomenon of own knowledge, and the translation of memory into impression. Each thematic get the job done incorporates interlacing aphorisms, cultural adages, and disjointed phrases, building a new narrative that permits for humorous and revealing reflections on ourselves and society.
“I feel my artwork is summed up by what the good musician Sly and the Family members Stone wrote in the track—‘It’s all about day-to-day people today,” reported Leon. “Collage themes are originated inside my head mostly with issues I imagine people today delight in talking about, points that develop controversy, and items that are significant to me and are recognized as American icons.”
The multi-sensory, interactive knowledge of Leon’s apply is heightened in the Lenticular and 3-D performs, which build composite, animated photos, designed by the superimposition of lenticular screens. Lenticular images shift as the spectator shifts his situation, producing an illusion of movement. The lenticular know-how activates Leon’s fluid, unforeseen image financial institution, partaking the viewer in the output of this means of the piece.
Born in 1948, DJ Leon graduated from Boston College and spent 38 a long time on Wall Avenue prior to devoting his time completely to the picture-based apply in 2009. Even though not formally properly trained, Leon is a longtime avid pictures enthusiast and artwork collector. Above the past 10 years, his inventive observe produced into multiple sorts, from building photographs with a digital camera, to combining images into collages, and then altering them into 3D and Lenticular prints. Considering that 2012, Leon has exhibited his get the job done through the United States as very well as internationally. Latest exhibitions have incorporated American Embassy, Ankara, Turkey, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY, Lawrence Cantor Gallery, Los Angeles, Scope Art Good, Miami, and New York. His function is incorporated in the Superman Museum, in Metropolis, Illinois, as properly as in private and company collections throughout the United States. Leon’s seashore and life style pictures, a separate and distinct human body of operate, has also obtained sizeable recognition and has been exhibited nationally like at Surf Lodge, Montauk, and Current market Art Fair, Bridgehampton.
The exhibition will be accompanied by an on line viewing place and a entirely illustrated catalogue.
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