Leonard Greco’s Fairyland at MOAH Cedar February 23rd

Leonard Greco’s Fairyland at MOAH Cedar February 23rd

Leonard Greco

Solo Exhibition

Fairyland

boondocksbabylon.com and leonardgreco.me

February 23 to March 31
Opening reception TBA

MOAH
665 W. Lancaster BLVD
Lancaster, CA 93534
lancastermoah.org

(Los Angeles) — Purposely stamped with informed wit and a wry knowing humor, Los Angeles artist Leonard Greco presents Fairyland, opening at MOAH Cedar on February 23.

In Fairyland, Greco has created a theatrical spectacle that is peculiar, visually arresting and deeply personal. He challenges his own reserved nature and internalized homophobia by making work that is, in his words, “boldly queer” and “openly flamboyant”. Touching on the tableau of the Temptation of St. Anthony of the Desert and the perilous trials of Herakles, Greco turns to camp and light humour to explore these deep existential themes.

“I draw indiscriminately upon diverse seemingly unrelated archetypes and themes from many sources, including Classical mythology, British folklore, Wagnerian operas and the biblical text of my Catholic youth,” says Greco, “doing so in order to touch upon that which is culturally familiar to me, to others – and if we believe Jung – found deeply rooted as archetypes in our souls.”

While the work possesses decidedly camp sensibilities it is never ironic nor cynical, “…for no other reason than the inherent affection I hold for my motley crew of heroes, saints and sinners,” Greco said.

Please join us on February 23, 2019 4-6pm, at MOAH Cedar for the opening reception of Fairyland.

About Leonard Greco
Leonard Greco has had a successful career as a decorative painter and muralist for over 25 years. He is also a self-taught painter and printmaker living in Los Angeles who has been exhibiting his artworks in local and international group exhibitions since 2011. These include shows at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2011); Clive Hicks Jenkins, Wales, UK (2012); Couturier Gallery Los Angeles (2014) and La Luz de Jesus (2016). In 2017 his work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including “Stitch Fetish 5,” The Hive, Los Angeles; “Pickles Galore,” curated by Linda Vallejo, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles; “The Faces Within,” South Bay Contemporary, San Pedro and” With Liberty and Justice for Some,” Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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