Art in Embassies – DJ Leon

Superman
Superman

Superman, 2013

Lenticular print

32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, New York

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Small
320 (320 x 213)

Medium 500 (500 x 333)

Protest (Truth)
Protest (Truth)

Protest (Truth), 2013

Lenticular print

24 x 34 in. (61 x 86.4cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, New York

Download:   

Small 320 (320 x 213)

Medium 500 (500 x 333)

Large 1130 (1130 x 797)

Biography – DJ Leon

DJ Leon
DJ Leon

DJ Leon uses a combination of collage, photography and text to make complex compositions on diverse subjects, from pop culture to art history.  Each thematic work is an assemblage of crudely cut, found images sourced from Internet browsing, with photographs and both related and free-associative text.  Although appearing to be slap-dash in style, the artist’s methodical and laborious practice involves embellishing, manipulating and repurposing image and text to craft a complex mélange of visual power and tacit humor. His choice of materials and images is never random, and his allusions are carefully considered.

This fluid, deceptively simple image world interjects content and critique, by disrupting and informing simultaneously, all with cheeky wit.  Leon’s works explore the phenomenon of experience and the translation of memory into image and form.  Each collage combines

100 – 150 images, which the artist alters, interlacing aphorisms, cultural adages and disjointed phrases to suggest a new narrative for the piece while adding humor and wit.  The titles give the theme.

The multi-sensory, interactive experience is heightened in the Lenticular and 3-D works, which create composite, animated images, made by the superimposition of lenticular screens. Lenticular images move as the spectator shifts his position, creating as illusion of movement. The lenticular technology activates Leon’s fluid, unexpected image bank, engaging the viewer in the production of meaning of the piece.

DJ Leon was not formally trained. A longtime, avid photography enthusiast, Leon began devoting himself exclusively to a photo-based practice after retiring from Wall Street in 2009.  His artistic practice has developed into multiple forms, from making images with a camera, to combining and transforming images into collages. His color photographs often focus on popular places and social gathering, themes of leisure and pop culture, nature and enjoying life. In these photographs, Leon’s anthropological style both records and comments on contemporary life.

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