Artist Statement:
I am interested in using my artistic practice as a conduit between the body, space, and navigation. Most of my creative inquiry is directed toward the visualization of queer bodies in different contested environments such as the public spaces, local businesses, the workplace, and historical documents. With each project I am on a constant hunt for new points of view from the proverbial closet and how this affects the viewers perspective. Formally, my art is seen as an interdisciplinary synthesis of painting, photography, video, and performance. I use a collaboration of diverse techniques, incorporating water marbling and water colors with different photographic processes.

Bio:

Ryan Leitner is an interdisciplinary artist working in painting, photography, video, installation, and performance. His artistic inquiry is directed toward the visualization of queer bodies in different environments such as public spaces, local businesses, the workplace, and archival documents. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at venues including the Plumbing Museum (Watertown, MA), Red Truck Gallery (New Orleans, LA), AREA Gallery (Boston, MA), Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), and Lohio Gallery (Cincinnati, OH).


Leitner received his MFA in 2016 from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts under the guidance of Magdalena Campos-Pons and Danielle Abrams and has had residencies including Manoog, Art Klub, and Chashama. He was recently awarded a grant from The LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana and a Traveling Fellowship in 2018 for his work with LGBTQ+ monuments. He has performed at ICA Boston and Havana Biennial 2016 and curated exhibitions at Northeastern University (Boston, MA), Piano Craft Gallery (Boston, MA), and Syndicate Gallery (New York, NY).