Leonard Greco, known for his neo-medieval paintings, sculpture and installations has a solo exhibition opening July 8th 7-10pm at Avenue 50 Studios in Highland Park.
At this stage of Greco’s life, off center of a century, he is grappling with ways in which to express his “being-ness”. Unable to avoid the “who am I” question any longer, he is reaching beyond his usual studio practice of oil painting into diverse disciplines including fabric sculptures in the round. These “dolls” are fashioned by fully embracing the pre-conceived sissy element of this art. It is in this extension of his practice that he is exploring, his identity as a queer and terrified man; the specter of the pansy boy he was being given new voice in his latest ongoing project “Fairyland”. It is in this new series of projects, where paint, needle and thread give expression and validation to a long suppressed self-loathing.
The very name “Fairyland”, a word once delivered with bloody blows transcends beyond, with a message of empathy, compassion. pride, and he hopes, humor. Reclaiming the fairy has been empowering. The art he attempts to create is intended to express the spirit of furtive repression breaking free.
Leonard Greco is a multidisciplinary artist living and work in Los Angeles. He has exhibited national and internationally. Recent exhibitions include: 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 will be featured in numerous exhibitions including “Personal Narrative” at the Annenberg Beach House Gallery, Santa Monica; “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.