Lauri’s multimedia extravaganza, “Lament,” a look at our relationship with the environment that manages to be both playful and wickedly sharp, is up for a Westword’s Reader’s Choice award for best gallery show. You can vote for her here, or perhaps Gary Issac’s “36 Views of the Lion’s Lair”, also at Leon.
Gary’s quirky and irreverent “36 Views of the Lion’s Lair,” inspired by Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mount Fuji, is up for a Westword’s Reader’s Choice award for best gallery show. You can vote for him here, or perhaps Lauri Lynnxe Murphy’s “Lament”, also at Leon.
It was so great to finally get to hear Ark Life! Lindsay Giles is both a member of the band and part owner of Leon Gallery; I’ve heard all about them, met the members at various shows, but never actually been able to hear them live. They did not disappoint! They also had friends Josiah Johnson & Carleigh Aikins of The Head and The Heart at the gallery as well- each group did a set, and then played together. Although, unless you were there for soundcheck, you missed quite the rendition of Hanson’s “Mmmbop” to set mic levels- silly perfection. Josiah Johnson and Jesse Elliot, representing Seattle and Denver respectively, had also made a little Super Bowl wager… which Jesse clearly lost…
It was a lovely night with a wonderful sense of heritage- hard working, folk musicians singing their hearts out in front of the photography of John Denver…
Ark Life celebrates New Belgium’s new “Snapshot” brew (with our friends from Artifact Uprising!) this Saturday, March 1.
The Head and The Heart returns with special guest Iron and Wine this summer at Red Rocks!
I cannot tell you how amazing this project was to capture. It’s always nice to see your friends succeed wildly. After watching the care that Eric and Lindsay at Leon Gallery and Amy from John Denver’s estate took curating this collection, I am certain they all deserved every accolade their hard work has brought them. They were meticulous in choosing work that expressed the heart and soul of this explorer and his camera, and they presented everything with respect. They strove wholeheartedly to honor his untold wishes.
Witnessing this process also made John Denver real to me for the first time. As someone who had been famous before I’d even been born, someone who’d hung out with the Muppets for goodness sake, John Denver had always been more myth than man to me. But here were his envelopes of travel photos, little gummy packets that looked just like the photo envelopes we all used to get back from the photo lab. Here were piles of slides, just like the ones that sit in my grandparents’ closet. Sure, his envelopes said things like “China” and “USSR,” but those little bits of trash and treasure- all mixed up in boxes the way everyone’s life ends up mixed up in boxes- made him real. It was an honor, and Eric, Lindsay and Amy held the life expressed in these little gummy packets with reverence.
John Denver’s photography is much like his music. It has an honest ease and openness. It’s refreshing, expressing wonder without irony. I encourage you to take a trip down to Leon to experience it before the show closes on March 2nd.