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Social Glue Livestream with Shane de Leon and Mary Serbe
July 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on Facebook Live @kirksgrocery at 7 pm mountain as Mary Serbe and Shane de Leon discuss Social Glue, de Leon’s first solo show in a decade comprised of large scale collage of letters, signs, trash, fabric, paper, glitter, ink, acrylic, and the occasional dog hair. These are monumental works on paper and are not to be missed.
Make an appointment to view in person with Shane de Leon at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 209-2394.
Shane de Leon – Social Glue
Large Scale Collage 07/16-10/10, 2020
407 N. 24th St.
Billings, MT 59101
…taking individual parts and binding them into a larger whole,
a fabric of humanity.
Paper, it’s everywhere. Why do I save it—every piece? I love the
freedom of recontextualizing scrap paper into something larger.
Old printer paper in stacks, envelopes in bags, piled posters in
the corner—torn and cut with glue and water and transformed
into a larger whole. Sometimes part of an important message gets obscured by another. But lost behind layers of paper and meaning, the figure still dominates.
My work has always been about humanity and people. Usually
I’ve done ink drawings with watercolor or acrylic. After a thousand quick studies of labored voyeurism and hundreds of distorted pen drawings that usually barely resemble the sitter, I tossed the pen for this exhibition. All that’s left is the glue, splattered ink, acrylic, thread and paper. Thousands of pieces of paper flutter through each day—receipt in a pocket, bank statement, scratched-out grocery list or hand-
drawn protest sign. Each scrap comes with a history no matter how mundane and speaks to the larger whole that we matter. We are here. We are even demanding freedom from being drawn correctly.
Shane de Leon