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Shaun El C. Leonardo to speak at Gray Matters Gallery

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Please join The Art Foundation for an artist talk and closing reception at Gray Matters Gallery on Thursday, December 13 from 6-8:30 p.m. The talk will feature the artist Richard Patterson, whose alter-egos Jan van Toojerstraap and Marianne Leflange are featured in twain in a series of mock publications and a beautiful sequence of videos. Queens, NY artist Shaun “El C” Leonardo will also speak. Leonardo is known for his art performance roles as a professional luchador, football player, boxer, and dancer, and most recently, a one man play.

D Magazine arts editor Peter Simek will moderate the evening’s discussions.

The conversations will consider the role of alter-ego and duplicity in art, linking the practice of otherness with physical/conceptual manifestations in art. The Art Foundation members will also be present to address the complexity of the current curated exhibit, twain, which features artist groups, artists working as alter-egos, and the notion of confused authorship and falsity as relevant discourse.

A closing reception will follow the talk.

What: Artist Talk/Closing Reception for The Art Foundation’s “twain”

Where: Gray Matters Gallery,
113 N. Haskell Ave. Dallas, TX, 75226

When: Thursday, Dec. 13th, from 6-8:30

Artist Lecture – Shaun El. C Leonardo


Shaun El. C Leonardo
Artist Lecture
Fannin Hall, Room, 175 – Richland College
December 11, 2012
2:00 PM

Artist Shaun El. C Leonardo will discuss his performative works addressing issues of cultural identity, masculinity, violence and wrestling.

“Through performance… I personify [an] iconography rather than depict its imagery. Performance allows me to surpass the embodiment of a character. By actually transforming myself into the “superman,” I truly experience the psychology and pain involved with representing the hero figure while more closely examining the belief systems and social constructs embedded within ideas of manhood.”


Richland College is proud to present Cassandra Emswiler. A recent MFA graduate from the University of Texas at Dallas, Cassandra will exhibit recent work based on quotidian details, mass production and personal memories.
The artist explains,
“While moving to Lake Texoma over the summer, I gave up my collection of found and store bought flooring tiles. In its place, I’ve begun designing and printing my own tiles, searching for the ideological origins of all the boring and predictable motifs that find their way onto mass produced flooring. These new photographic prints are concerned with how wilderness ends up grafted onto symbolic, orderly space, how an impression of nature is trained to fit within a grid—of a garden, or a bathroom floor—which allows for strangely controlled flourishes and emblems that are part of our collective memory.
Each tile mimics contemporary design trends while directly quoting historical French formal gardens from the 17th and 18th century. Looking at engravings of many of these garden ground plans is like looking at an assortment of flooring tiles from Home Depot.
Beneath the white graphic motifs are snapshots of landscapes, which interest me for their banal qualities and personal significance as documents of lakes I have visited in Texas and Michigan. Designing tiles has become a way for me to quietly combine traces of my own biography and family mythology with my concerns for the public built environment and photography’s relationship to faux veneer building materials.
When I am out on Lake Texoma in my kayak, I dream I am in Rock Harbor off the shores of Isle Royale. In visiting and documenting each of these lakes, they have all become the same place.