The Us Between Our Things.
A ritualized participatory experience with artist James Leonard.
7-9pm, Thursday October 12
"We are a single vast super organism, a neural network embedded in a far larger web of neural networks. Our brains are so fundamentally wired to interact that it’s not even clear where each of us begins and ends. Who you are has everything to do with who we are. There’s no avoiding the truth that’s etched into our neural circuitry: we need each other." - David Eagleman
James Leonard pioneers artworks and social practices which explore and challenge the ways in which our contemporary culture isolates us. Most recently known for his ‘Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies' where he offers intimate tarot readings on climate change, his work is driven by recognizing our common humanity and agency in the face of the escalating ecological crisis.
For a very special final gathering in the Inner Fields studio, James will create a ritualized participatory experience which pushes against the isolation created by capitalism and instead cultivates intimate human connection and unity. Drawing upon neuroscience, social bonding, art and culture, this gathering will incorporate specialized guided meditations alongside ritual practices to experientially investigate our materialistic and consumerist impulses, the vulnerabilities which can unite or divide us, and the wisdom of our ecological interdependence.
James Leonard currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His exhibition record includes Queens Museum, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Wasserman Projects in Detroit, the Delaware Art Museum, and MASS MoCA. His work has been supported by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Jersey City Parks Coalition, and the Boston Center for the Arts. He has presented as visiting artist at institutions including Cornell, Harvard, and American University. http://jamesleonard.org
This gathering is offered in partnership with Open Source Gallery’s program REIMAGINING TRADITION, a 3 week exhibition highlighting the intersections between socially engaged art and ritual practices. James Leonard’s ‘Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies’ is part of this program and can be experienced at the Naval Cemetery in Brooklyn on September 30. http://open-source-gallery.org/reimagining-tradition/