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Using reclaimed vintage thrift store objects, this exhibition addresses a historical American visual analysis of who we were, who we are and what we mostly still want to be. We currently live in very interesting times, and this work reflects that in an unflinching, absurdist and often lowbrow way. Richmond looks back at material culture for inspiration–fully reacting to what is currently going on in America socio-politically and trying to connect some of the dots. Often he is commenting on whether anything has really changed. This exhibition examines the impacts of middle/upper class consumerism; low-cost mass production; religious intolerance; unmonitored capitalistic greed; climate concerns; patriarchal power systems; and white American hierarchies. These works were made with the intention to be daring, darkly humorous and not to pull any punches regarding these topics. They are made to enlighten and entertain, but also to spark conversation. While creating these works Richmond didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. He wants the viewer to experience the same. It is too easy to throw your hands up and say, “What can I do about it?” This is his contribution. This exhibition is not intended to be didactic. The artist says he’s been as guilty as the next white heterosexual man in swallowing up and spitting out the surplus of the world over his lifetime. For now, the intention is for viewers to reflect and ask, “What side of history do I want to be on?” 

IMAGE detail from Leon Richmond, Peter Pancake Landscape, Paper collage & color markers on cardboard thrift store print painting, 2018. 27h” x 51w”


August 14 @ 5:00 pm
October 24 @ 7:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center Gallery
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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