Shaun El C. Leonardo "Death of a King"

Praxis International Art

poster for Shaun El C. Leonardo "Death of a King"

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"My artwork extends from an internal investigation of the childhood role models, popular icons and cultural stereotypes that influenced how I perceive what it means to be a man.

By projecting myself as hyper-masculine heroes, I manifest the ongoing tensions between my desires to represent male virility and the vulnerabilities within my identity developed by these images of power.

With plywood cutout paintings I isolate forms, allowing me to play with strategies of exclusion and invisibility. Through performance, on the other hand, I personify this iconography rather than depict its imagery.

Performance allows me to surpass the embodiment of a character. By actually transforming myself into a "superman," I truly experience the psychology and pain involved with representing the hero figure, and more closely examine the belief systems embedded within this construct of masculinity.

Whether painting, drawing, sculpture or performance, my work relates the confusion, desperation and, often times, failure we experience when attempting to either locate ourselves within our popular cultures or aspire to their unattainable ideals."



from October 21, 2010 to November 27, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-10-21 from 18:00 to 20:00

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