OF THE MOMENT
April 21st — May 26th, 2018
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.
Leon is proud to announce their upcoming performance art series, Of the Moment, an exploration of the immediacy and visceral nature of performance art, celebrating six artists who are actively engaging our community, challenging our notions of art viewing, and broadening our artistic experiences. The series will begin Saturday, April 21st and culminate in a closing performance on Friday, May 25th, 2018. Each week the gallery will become the stage for each of these unique and innovative artists from within our Denver scene, who are exploring a variety of performance art styles, and expressing authentic, individual statements. The artists presenting include Esther Hernandez, Lin Wen-Ben, Jeff Page, Jordan Knecht, and collaborative artists Tobias Fike and Matthew Harris.
Saturday, April 21st, 7-10pm Esther Hernandez
Saturday, April 28th, 7-10pm Lin Wen Ben
Saturday, May 5th, 7-10pm Jeff Page
Saturday, May 12th, 7-10pm Jordan Knecht
Friday, May 26th, 7-10pm Tobias Fike + Matthew Harris
All performances will take place at approximately 8pm each evening. Length of program varies with each artist.
Of the Moment Exhibition Schedule:
Saturday, April 21st — Esther Hernandez — «Tooth or Dare» is a series of relational aesthetic performances. Participants are set up on blind dates by the artist and instructed to play a special card game, allowing players to make choices that whimsically involve performance, intimacy and vulnerability, all the while challenging social norms and conventional dating routines and rituals.
Saturday, April 28th — Lin Wen-Ben — «Please Punch» is a process investigation of experimental painting employing a suspended punching bag and floor mounted canvas, challenging visitors to step beyond the passivity of mere viewing, and instead becoming active participants in the energetic experiencing of gestural mark making.
Saturday, May 5th — Jeff Page – The Blushing Bow — is a performative installation playing upon the effects of shame, exploring ways in which the heavy, negative emotion can be transformed and utilized in various ways as a transcendent poetic tool.
Saturday, May 12th — Jordan Knecht — «Signal Noise» is an immersive, pluralistic exploration of signal-to-noise ratios amplified by the world of social media. “Please turn cellphones on before the beginning of the performance.”
CLOSING Saturday, May 26th — Tobias Fike & Matthew Harris — «Pop» is an absurdist performative dueling match involving needle-tipped swords and inflated body parts.
Every performance will be documented through video and still photography. Following each performance, the video and still images will be displayed on monitors, and the detritus of the performances will remain in the gallery, available for visitors to view during normal business hours.