David Leonard
News Works

April 25 - May 31, 2014

This freak is this guy you met walking around. He turns out to be a lot of things.

David Leonard is an artist and television news correspondent based in Los Angeles, California. In addition to earning a Masters in Fine Art from the University of California Los Angeles, Leonard is the Los Angeles Bureau Chief for Feature Story News (FSN) and produces television and radio news for several state run networks including PBS, Chinese Central Television, and Channel News Asia. He is also a professor in the Media Design Practices Graduate Program at Art Center College of Design, and has exhibited work at the Getty Museum, The Hammer Museum and The National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Throughout his youth in Los Angeles Leonard documented and wrote for local news outlets, covering the LA Riots, the O.J. Simpson trial and other game-changing events of the 1990s. After experimenting with stand-up comedy and performance, he found a place for his charmingly quixotic take on audience interaction as a television reporter. His stories have appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN and Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report".

Leonard accentuates his career as a "man-on-the-street" with a confounding art practice, using his investigative eye to look closer at technology, current events, journalism and the aesthetic representation of these topics. His new series of vacuum-formed works, produced at Warner Bros. Studio in Burbank, CA, distort reality through various media channels, incorporating mechanical and digital processes.

What Pipeline is more than pleased to present News Works, his first solo exhibition in the US.


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