DAVID LEGGETT / WHY YOU REALLY MAD?

Steve Turner, Los Angeles

20 june / 18 July 2020

Steve Turner presents Why you really mad?, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based David Leggett which features paintings and works on paper from the last few years that utilize a comic style to deal with serious subjects like racial injustice and police brutality alongside lighter ones like art history and pop culture. While he makes his works accessible with colorful depictions of Bart Simpson, Fat Albert, Alfred E. Newman and other somewhat familiar blobby characters coupled with catchy phrases, he does so to get you in. Once there, you will have to face the more difficult issues that are part of every work. The question in the title is Leggett’s, one he poses to anyone who might take offense at his work. 

Why you really mad? Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
Why you really mad? Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
Why you really mad? Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
Why you really mad? Installation view, Steve Turner, 2020
David Leggett. I got it wholesale, 2019. Acrylic, spray paint, color pencil and collage on paper, 48 x 42 inches (121.9 x 106.7 cm)
David Leggett. Who that is?, 2020. Acrylic and felt on canvas, 12 x 9 inches (30.5 x 22.9 cm)
David Leggett. Not with my daughter, 2020. Acrylic, screen print, watercolor, color pencil and rubber stamp on paper, 20 x 16 inches (50.8 x 40.6 cm)

David Leggett (born 1980) earned a BFA at Savannah College of Art and Design (2003) and an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2007) before attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2010). He has had solo exhibitions at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago (2017 & 2019) and his work has been included in group exhibitions at Zidoun & Bossuyt Gallery, Luxembourg; James Fuentes Gallery, New York; Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany and the Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, North Carolina. This is his first exhibition at Steve Turner, Los Angeles.