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David Leggett: Works on Paper
April 15–May 15, 2021

David Leggett adopts a panoply of visual references in his collages. Folding in various contradictions, these works deal with relationships that are at once visual, cultural, and personal. Earlier 20th-century cartoon mascots meet more recent “softened” versions, composed between craft materials, spilled coffee, spray paint, screen prints, and found photography. A large proportion of negative space often holds these elements in place, guiding the push and pull of their potential meaning. In tandem with tagline graphics, Leggett candidly switches the narrative over and over, adapting the language of satire to approach heavy-handed clichés from another direction.

As these comedic strategies enter the frame, Leggett’s works press at a familiarity and cultural nostalgia that is amplified as certain characters have been adapted (or altogether disappeared) for the times. The likenesses of Homey D. Clown, Alfred E. Neuman, and the (‘80s) Hamburglar appear alongside the Pink Panther, Eazy-E, Divine, Barney Fife, Pogo the clown, and GG Allin, as well as other more obscure icons and found images. Placed within an art historical lineage, Leggett’s comic style is connected to the strange grotesquerie of the Chicago Imagists. More immediately, words themselves often inform these works, whereby Leggett might begin with a title in mind (They’ll start the fire and charge you for putting it out or The whites in their eyes) and construct the collage in relation to it. Through this process, Leggett composes a continual system of collection, addition, transfiguration, and subjugation, just as their references do.

David Leggett (b. 1980) received MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) and a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2003), before attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles (2020) and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2017, 2019) and in group exhibitions at James Fuentes Gallery, New York; Various Small Fires, Los Angeles; Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; and Zidoun-Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg.

For further inquiries, please contact Katrin or James at jf@jamesfuentes.com.

Works
David Leggett
Can you grow dreadlocks?
2020

Acrylic, crayon, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
Checks all lists
2020

Acrylic, crayon, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
Eggplant parm
2019

Acrylic, screen print, collage, and rubber stamp on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
He comes from a good family
2019

Acrylic, crayon, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
600 USD
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David Leggett
I don’t know when I last cried
2020

Acrylic, screen print, collage, and rubber stamp on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
I’m cast spells on the back of this napkin
2020

Ink, screen print, watercolor, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
It’s 10pm. Do you know where your children are?
2020

Acrylic, pen, crayon, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
600 USD
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David Leggett
Magic Man
2020 – RESERVED

Collage, acrylic, ink, color pencil, screen print, and rubber stamp on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
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David Leggett
Not with my daughter
2020

Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, color pencil, and rubber stamp on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
Pause
2020

Acrylic, color pencil, rubber stamp, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
Queen Down
2020 – RESERVED

Collage, watercolor, acrylic, ink, color pencil, and screen print, rubber stamp on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
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David Leggett
Salad brain
2019

Acrylic, screen print, collage, and rubber stamp

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
The spirit got to me. Comb your hair
2020

Acrylic, crayon, photo, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
The war makeup isn't washing off. I bet you were drafted
2020

Acrylic, collage, screen print, crayon, and pen on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
The whites in their eyes
2020

Acrylic, watercolor, color pencil, collage, and screen print on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
They’ll start the fire and charge you for putting it out
2020

Coffee, screen print, collage, crayon, ink, acrylic, color pencil, and rubber stamp on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
Twelve
2020

Coffee, collage, watercolor, pen, crayon, screen print, acrylic, on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
Wave goodbye to everyone
2019

Acrylic, crayon, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
We blocked traffic
2020

Ink, screen print, watercolor, and collage on paper

12 × 9 in (30.48 × 22.86 cm)
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David Leggett
Why you really mad?
2020

Coffee, screen print, collage, acrylic, watercolor, color pencil,
and ink on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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David Leggett
You just hee your last haw
2020

Collage, screen print, acrylic, ink, watercolor, color pencil, and rubber stamp on paper

20 × 16 in (50.8 × 40.64 cm)
2,000 USD
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