David Leggett: Why you really mad?

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David Leggett: Why you really mad?

Los Angeles

David Leggett: Why you really mad?
to Sat 18 Jul 2020
By Appointment

Steve Turner presents Why you really mad?, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based David Leggett which features paintings and works on paper from the last few years that utilize a comic style to deal with serious subjects like racial injustice and police brutality alongside lighter ones like art history and pop culture.

Artworks


In your feelings. Hold your breath., 2017
Acrylic and collage on canvas
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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You're going to need more than staples to patch that leak up, 2019
Acrylic, spray paint, color pencil and collage on paper
48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)

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I'm having a hard time holding these alligators down, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint and collage on canvas
40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

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I got it wholesale, 2019
Acrylic, spray paint, color pencil and collage on paper
48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)

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My salad is making me laugh (I got it for cheap), 2018
Acrylic and felt on canvas
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

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Y'll Fuckin', 2017
Acrylic and airbrush on canvas
30 x 30 inches (76.2 x 76.2 cm)

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Mmhmm, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint and collage on canvas
84 x 84 inches (213.4 x 213.4 cm)

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You can do what you wanna do, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint and felt on canvas
40 x 40 inches (101.6 x 101.6 cm)

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Won’t he do it?, 2017
Acrylic, spray paint and glitter on canvas
72 x 72 inches (182.9 x 182.9 cm)

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Modern playa, 2020
Acrylic, spray paint, oil bar and felt on paper
48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)

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Twelve, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, pen, crayon, coffee and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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The whites in their eyes, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, color pencil and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Why you really mad?, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, ink, color pencil, rubber stamp, coffee and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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They’ll tell you to be yourself and all you have to show for it is three hots and a cot, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, coffee and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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They’ll start the fire and charge you for putting it out, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, crayon, ink, color pencil, coffee, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Backpages be lying, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, pen and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Chalked outlines and blood on the dance floor, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, ink, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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The war makeup isn’t washing off. I bet you were drafted., 2020
Acrylic, screen print, pen, crayon and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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You just hee your last haw, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, ink, color pencil, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Queen down, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, ink, color pencil, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Magic Man, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, ink, color pencil, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Not with my daughter, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, color pencil and rubber stamp on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Boots, 2020
Screen print, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Y’ll softer than baby puppies, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, ink, color pencil, rubber stamp and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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Queen bees and mattresses on the floor, 2020
Acrylic, screen print, pen, coffee and collage on paper
20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

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The whole world in his hands, 2020
Acrylic and felt on canvas
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

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All my friends are dead, 2020
Acrylic and airbrush on canvas
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

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Officer Prosciutto, 2020
Acrylic, spray paint and felt on canvas
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

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Who that is?, 2020
Acrylic and felt on canvas
12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)

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Side effects may vary, 2020
Acrylic, airbrush and photo transfer on canvas
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

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To protect and serve. (Protect your goddamn neck), 2019
Acrylic and felt on canvas
9 x 12 inches (22.9 x 30.5 cm)

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Boy scout jamboree, 2018
Acrylic, felt and collage on canvas
12 x 12 inches (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

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I want my coffee black just like my soap, 2020
Acrylic, spray paint, felt and collage on canvas
20 x 20 inches (50.8 x 50.8 cm)

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Well, to make a long story long, 2020
Acrylic, spray paint and collage on paper
48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)

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While he makes his works accessible with colorful depictions of Bart Simpson, Fat Albert, Alfred E. Newman and other somewhat familiar blobby characters coupled with catchy phrases, he does so to get you in. Once there, you will have to face the more difficult issues that are part of every work. The question in the title is Leggett’s, one he poses to anyone who might take offense at his work.

David Leggett (born 1980) earned a BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design (2003) and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) before attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). He has had solo exhibitions at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2017 & 2019) and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Zidoun & Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; James Fuentes Gallery, New York; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina. This is his first exhibition at Steve Turner, Los Angeles.

Courtesy of the artist and Steve Turner, Los Angeles


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