Familiar Cast - Opening Reception
Join Art Klub NOLA from 2pm-5pm for the Opening Reception of Ryan Leitner’s latest solo exhibition where the queer body takes center stage in the most common of places.
February 2 - March 1, 2018
Presenting themselves as visibly queer or not, Leitner looks into how his figures assert themselves within different spaces. From scenes of a soldier at boot camp to a customer ordering at a bakery, these continue to be battle grounds for people within the LGBTQ community. Showing these spaces and the queer body as they are shouldn’t be intriguing or political, but they continue to be. In this series, Leitner wanted to see why.
With an instinctual approach, Leitner achieves his figures and scenes through a collaboration of disparate materials and techniques. Incorporating the practice of water marbling, tie dye, as well as thermo transfer photography, his paintings become a woven mixture of textures and colors that span many different mediums. Much like his nomadic background, Leitner is looking to give a quilted and entangled quality to his figures.
This is his first solo show in New Orleans, after moving from Boston in September of 2018. Since receiving his MFA from The Museum School at Tufts University in 2016, Ryan Leitner has been commissioned for installations by organizations like the Plumbing Museum in Watertown, MA, and has exhibited in solo and group shows nationally. In March of 2018, he had his second solo show in Boston at AREA Gallery before curating an LGBTQ archives exhibition at Northeastern University in June. He is currently in residence at Art Klub as well as working on a fellowship that will bring him to Germany and the UK in the spring.