“It’s All In The Jeans.” Art Opening for the work of Danyol Leon

April 6, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Baruch Porras Hernandez

Join us for our monthly Art Opening on the first Friday of the month!

For April we are exhibiting the work of Danyol Leon. Come celebrate and support queer artists with us at Strut for a part that will take place on all three floors. The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local Gay or Queer artists once a month for over 14 years, and we are very much looking forward to this upcoming exhibition!

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided. Hope to see you all there! 

As we move through life, so many of us restrain our sense of selves to fit a mask. We want to be just like everyone else, and in doing so go unnoticed. That mask, while often metaphorical to represent gender norms, racial norms, class norms, is a very particular experience for people of size. Fitting a mask, obfuscating ones true self by avoiding certain clothes, styles, and situations for fear of rejection is a survival tactic for larger folks. We do it to avoid pain, and to avoid the gaze of judgment from others, and from themselves. Rarely do I see large men in art pieces, and certainly not connected to gender fluidity or pleasure. We are told from a very young age that our bodies have betrayed us, that we carry the fat gene, and that our lives will be a struggle. We are covered up and desexualized to be a piece of the background. It’s my experience that in life, large men are contained to the background, and told that they won’t be admired – especially if you’re also a person of color, transgender, shorter, of femme. My work offers a different perspective. It is a celebration of large, beautiful male bodies exploring their size, their genders, and their relationship to pleasure without any barriers – genetic, or otherwise.

Danyol Leon is a San Francisco-based, multidisciplinary, Latinx artist that has been active in the Bay Area arts community for over 15 years. His saccharine, pop-influenced mixed media art utilizes bright colors and cartoon-like figures to explore intersectional identity and the inconsistencies in our social fabric. Danyol has hosted over 30 solo exhibitions at venues like SF AIDS Foundation’s Strut, The W Hotel, San Francisco, Counterpulse and Nickelodeon Studios; and has participated in extensive group shows at venues like SOMArts Cultural Center, 111 Minna, and The Center for Sex and Culture. His work was included in 1800 Tequila’s Essential Artist Series and he was named a featured artist by Redbull in 2007. Danyol is also an active musician in the bands Muñecas and Adonisaurus and performs in San Francisco and LA as drag queen Tamale Ringwald. For more information contact danyolleon@gmail.com.