Squeaky Wheel is excited to present a new solo exhibition by new media artist Jenson Leonard. GLAND PRIX is a multiple-screen video exhibition to explore the stressors and somatic effects that racial capitalism and white supremacy have on Black life.
Featuring a drum and bass soundtrack, the newest work by the Philadelphia based new media artist and poet functions as a manifestation and reflection of the embodied effects of settler-colonial violence. The work is emblematic of Leonard’s singular, joyous, and concentrated work: Using the visual tactics and language of viral internet memes, and wrapped within racing iconography, GLAND PRIX considers and draws from pop culture, medical racism/medical apartheid, the video game Gran Turismo, Achille Mbebe’s notion of necropolitics, anime aesthetics, and much more to raise awareness, invite conversation, and reflect upon the cumulative, cellular burden of chronic stress and traumatic life events.
The opening of the exhibition will feature a conversation with the artist in person. Additional public programs to be announced. This project was made possible through support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
April 22, 2022, 6 pm ET: Artist talk with Jenson Leonard
About the artist
Jenson Leonard, b. Detroit, Michigan, and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America. Lives and works in New York, United States of America. Initially a poet, Jenson Leonard became interested in memes during his six-year tenure as a cook at a Belgian waffle kiosk. He found himself drawn to the immediacy and reach of instant publication on social media, the confluence of which exacerbate the arguably inherent power of the image for those who see. His early work used the canonical Twitter meme format, but developed into the more ornately parodic style that predominates in the left-leaning corners of Facebook. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pratt Institute. He has completed residencies at Obracadobra (Oaxaca, Mexico), Squeaky Wheel (Buffalo, NY) and Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, NYC). His work has been featured in VICE Motherboard, Juxtapoz, AQNB, and Rhizome.