Warbond Certificate, 2004
7 color offset print with security features
4 1/4 in. x 7 3/4 in.
This work is both a print and an monetary instrument. Each certificate sports many contemporary security features common to modern legal documents including a holographic foil tape, microprinting and chemically sensitive watermark paper stock. This work is part of an ongoing series. The purchase of a Warbond will help Leonard realize the manufacture of 100,000 custom toy soldiers for an ambitious installation. (The price of work given here is arrived at by agreement between artist and Fuse Works taking into account the terms consignment agreement and New York State sales tax where applicable.)
James Leonard engages in the ephemera and anxiety of being at a time of human induced crises. Via his work, Leonard grapples his own emotional and psychological responses to compound environmental and socio-economic emergencies. Influences on his work include formalisms such as the fractal nature of mortality, the phenomenological experience of space/time, and the neurological emergence of meaning. His studio practice is guided by archaic, yet relevant, conceptions of artistic mysticism, drawing from traditions of gnosis, the sublime, and genius. Meanwhile, his exhibition practice is inspired by the more urgent practices of activism and civic debate.
Leonard received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1996 and his Master of Fine Arts with a focus on Complex Systems Theory from the University of Michigan in 2004. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, producing a variety of sculptures, drawings, manufactured multiples, and numerous performative conceptual works.