ARTIST STATEMENT:


My artistry is rooted in the exploration of social, political, and cultural landscapes. My creations navigate the intricate connections between popular culture and fine art. Spanning diverse subjects like the generational trauma passed down by my four holocaust surviving grandparents, my sexuality, my physical disability, my neurodivergence, serving underrepresented populations (Art Educator at The Braille Institute, Los Angeles), mental health, surreal landscapes, and photo-manipulated architecture; my work transforms mundane visual elements into conceptually layered projects that change the way we think and see the world.


I conceive my installations, photography, and art as evolving collections of fragments—objects, drawings, paintings, photographs, and other innovations. These creations serve as improvisational spaces where constructed and ready-made elements interrogate our role in shaping the world through language and knowledge. Embracing a schematic arrangement, my projects beckon viewers into a realm of speculation, relying on our innate desires for beauty, poetics, and seduction.


While most of my art employs a range of different materials, themes, conceptual motifs, and processes, there is a consistent methodology underlying my approach. Typically, my work is united by specific thought-provoking themes and meanings. The dynamic nature of my artistic journey is driven by ongoing research and production, leading to the emergence of fresh areas of interest that guide the subsequent body of work.


ABOUT:


Lenny has over 15 years of experience in agencies and organizations connecting brands to untapped markets through photography, storytelling, PR strategy, and social advocacy. Lenny has worked across the advertising, fine art, fashion, music, beauty, non-profit, and entertainment sectors. From creating stop-motion animation ads for Netflix's popular TV/Streaming series "Queer Eye," to crafting a campaign with Kim Petras for H&M, Lenny's creations have proven to be highly effective, eye-opening, and engaging. 


Lenny has worked with household names such as The Academy of Motion Pictures, to bring his unique eye, art direction, and social media objectives to the forefront. In 2021, Lenny produced a sold-out show with Jennifer Hudson and Christina Aguilera at The Forum (Los Angeles) with a 360-sound/visual stage for World AIDS Day. 


His diverse portfolio reflects his adaptability, albeit managing the creative aspects of an international multimillion-dollar campaign he has directed or mastering the creation of his conceptual photo/video still-life Barbie series “Vanity” which was featured and sold at SXSW in 2022. 


Lenny’s work has been exhibited in galleries and purchased by art dealers globally. In 2022, his work from his "Day vs. Night Polaroid Juxtapositions" series was shown at the notable Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s bookstore (LACMA). It was later placed permanently in LACMA's Balch Art Research Library and Archives.


Lenny teaches individual or group classes in his welcoming home studio in Downtown Los Angeles or online, where he creates a curriculum based on individuals’ needs while inspiring budding artists to explore their potential. Lenny's main goal as an artist is to help the disadvantaged and disabled find a life worth living through art & education. He dedicates his time as an art educator, teaching printmaking, sculpting, ceramics, and other art mediums at The Braille Institute for the deaf, blind, and visually impaired. Lenny is known on Instagram @Lenny__Gerard for tapping into the instant-film/Polaroid niche and posting daily. 


Lenny's art doesn't stop in the studio, on social media, directing campaigns, or in the classroom; it extends to galleries, online platforms, and into print publications as he advertises his work daily and others spread the word about his art which speaks on issues and topics that he believes the world needs to be aware of. Lenny is dedicated to changing lives through art — to share his passion for the arts while bringing awareness to social justice issues. Lenny hopes to inspire others to create and think through art as he believes art is the ultimate form of healing, change, progress, and humanity. 


Driven by an insatiable desire to create, Lenny is constantly conceptualizing new bodies of work that challenge conventions and ignite conversations. Lenny's artistic journey is a testament to his enduring commitment to the world of art and its power to inspire and connect us all.


EXPERIENCE: 

LECTURES & CLASSES:

Zine Publishing for the Visually Impaired - Art Educator, (January 2024 - present)

The Braille Institute of Los Angeles- 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 


Print Making for the Visually Impaired - Art Educator, (September 2023 - present)

The Braille Institute of Los Angeles- 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 


Medium Format Film Photographers LA - Art Educator, (October 2023- January 2024) 

Los Angeles Metropolitan Area, CA


Instant Film Society LA - Founder, Instructor - "Cyanotypes In The Park" (October 2023- December 2023) 

Brand Park - 1601 W Mountain St, Glendale, CA91201


Sculpting for the Visually Impaired - Art Educator, (September 2023 - December 2023)

The Braille Institute of Los Angeles- 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 


Ceramics for the Visually Impaired- Art Educator, (September 2023 - December 2023)

The Braille Institute of Los Angeles- 741 N Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90029 


Artists Discussion Series - "Digital to Instant Film - The PolaroidLab

The San Diego Museum of Art- 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102 (February 12, 2022)


Artists Discussion Series - "Exposing Instant Film in Low LightConditions" 

The San Diego Museum of Art- 1450 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92102 (March 12, 2022)


Artist's Talk - "Day vs. Night Juxtaposition Series"

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library - 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 (August 15, 2021)




SOLO SHOWS:

"Day vs. Night Juxtapositions" 

The Commotion Gallery - Vancouver, Canada, - (September 2023 - January 2023)


"Inner Child"

Dab Art Gallery -  334 S Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 - (August 1 - November 1, 2022) 


"Pop the Bubbles"

B&G Studio - 3074 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92104 - (September, 2019)


(Permanent Collection, 2023)

The Commotion Gallery" Vancouver, Canada (permanent collection)

"Day vs. Night Juxtaposition #81" 



GROUP SHOWS:

"Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk"

Emerging Gallery - 125 West 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 - (February 01, 2024 - March 01, 2024)


"Untitled"

 The Commotion Gallery - Vancouver, Canada, - (September 2023)


"Celebrate Art"

Modern Visual Arts Gallery - 35 E. Elizabeth Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18018 - (December 3, 2022 - January 5, 2023)


"A Celebration of Pride"

The Hoxton Hotel - 97 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249 - (April 2022 - July 2022)


"The Other Art Fair" 

Brooklyn Knockdown Center - 52-19 Flushing Ave, Queens, NY 11378 - (June 2 - 5, 2022)


"Weight Gain" 

Dab Art Co. - Online Exhibition  - On view and selling via Artsy.com - (March 2022)


"People Are Starting To Notice"

Main Street Gallery - 34 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 - (Feb 26, 2022 - April 23, 2022)


"Be Kind, Rewind" 

 Sí Gallery - (SXSW - participant) -  906 East 5th Street, Austin, TX 78702 - (February 19, 2022 - April 17, 2022) 


"Botanical"

Las Laguna Gallery. - 577 South Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651  - (Sept 2020 - Sep 2021)


“29th Annual Juried Exhibition”  

The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library - 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037 -  (July – September 2020)


“Untitled”

Touchon & Co. Gallery - 1100 South Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90015 -  (April 2019)


"Art To Go"

Museum of Selfies - 6757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 - (January 2019)


"Photofeast, New Documents"

Industry City - 220 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232 (May 2015)


"Contemporary Takeout"

Thierry-Goldberg Gallery - 103 Norfolk Street, Manhattan, NY 10002 (May 2015)



PRINT:

Photo Trouvée Magazine - Issue no. 12 - Ancestral Treasures  - s - P. 138-141 (Dec 2023) 

People Are Starting to Notice - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)  - Balch Art Research Library and Archives - P. 13 (Permanent Collection) 

The Other Art Fair Catalogue, Los Angeles - Catalogue P. 67 (advertisement for OUT magazine) (September 2017)

HIV+ Magazine "Leonardo" - Cover, P. 11-16 (May 2017)

City Beat Magazine, San Diego - PSA "Feel Me Now" Music Video - Cover, & P. 20 (Feb 24. 2016)


CLIENTS/PUBLISHERS: 

  • CBS
  • Netflix
  • The Academy of Motion Pictures 
  • NBC
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Huffington Post 
  • MTV
  • CNN wire 
  • AXS
  • Universal Music Group
  • Polaroi
  • Analog Forever Magazine
  • Allure
  • Coors Light 

EDUCATION:

  • Parsons School of Design, New York City, Photography & Cinematography (BFA) 2010-2015 
  • The New School University, New York City, Liberal Arts Studies (BA) 2010-2015
  • UCLA, Los Angeles, Animation (Certificate) 2021
  • UCSD, Los Angeles, Studio & Outdoor Lighting (Certificate) 2008

EXPERTISE:

Photo Manipulation & Retouching | Stop-Motion Animation | Cinematography | Video Editing  | Social Media Strategy & Management | Art Direction | Content Creation | Graphic Design  | E-commerce Photography | Photoshop | PR | Photography & Alternative Printing Processes (tintypes, cyanotypes, silver, gold, tritone, daguerreotypes, albumen, lumen, chlorophyll, and vegetable juice prints)


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