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Artist James Leonard Unveils The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies In First Leg of Summer New England Tour


Artist James Leonard Unveils The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies In First Leg of Summer New England Tour

Photo Credit: Melissa Blackall

Photo Credit: Melissa Blackall

James Leonard is a New York based artist recently in residence at the Boston Center for the Arts and at Mass MOCA. Leonard’s work often confronts climate change in works such as ‘No Fishing Signs’, 2011 which sought to unravel the horror of the BP oil spill and ‘A Kiss For Luck’, 2013, a 3 week performance in which Leonard holed up in a NYC gallery front and manually deconstructed an old wooden fishing boat piece by piece with a chisel. More recently Leonard probed questions on divination and prediction which leads to his current work: Introducing The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. A pop-up tent where visitors can seek to understand their climate change anxieties. Writes Leonard: “A lot of thought has gone into The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies. I wanted to create a space for contemplation, where participants can slow down, articulate questions and find clarity. Climate change is a universal concern. Art is the perfect place for expressing and evaluating concern.” The tent is crafted from over 500 hours of sewing and offers a beautiful collage of vibrant colors in the form of recycled used clothing encasing the interior. The exterior of the tent offers a more sober and clinical visual survey of flora and fauna reportedly affected by climate change in and around the New England Area. By catching Leonard at one of the events on this tour, visitors will be offered a reading on their questions of the climate future. Each reading is private and lasts about 15 minutes.

To find out more about James Leonard visit or catch him on facebook. For more information on the tour and the Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies, you can also visit the press release.

Tour Schedule:

Thursday June 23, 2016
Where: Silvermine Arts Center
New Canaan, CT
When: 11am-6pm

Saturday June 25, 2016
Where: Rosekill
Rosendale, NY
When: Noon-7pm

Sunday June 26, 2016
Where:The Center for Symbolic Studies
New Paltz, NY
When: 11am-6pm

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