Working in assemblage, watercolor, photography, and digital art Gay Leonhardt has had solo shows since 1980 in galleries in the Woodstock, N.Y. area including The Kleinert Gallery (two shows), The Women’s Studio Workshop, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock (two shows).
Beginning in 1983 with “Waiting On Godot” Leonhardt has published artist’s books including two texts with Boss Books: “My Laundry and My Life or My Life in My Laundry” (93) and “This Year’s Summation” (95). She often incorporates words in her primarily visual art and visuals in her written material.
She has pursued an art career outside of the marketplace through installation and guerilla art. Initially, she co-founded The Floating Gallery, which mounted shows in supermarkets, storefronts, and other public arenas. She later installed “This Year’s Summation” in restaurant bathrooms next to paper towel holders.
In 2005 she installed “snow fence art” comprised of bits of painted snow fencing at various beaches in Amagansett and Montauk, NY. Her generalist approach has included numerous collaborations. In theater with Sigrid Heath in 1996 Leonhardt created seven foot charcoal figures that became the characters for a play. In 1997-98 she collaborated with Richard Edelman to shoot and manipulate a series of photographs which were shown at The Kleinert, the SUNY/Westchester Gallery, in The Digital Salon at The School of Visual Arts in New York, and the Circule De Bellas Artes, Madrid. In 2004 she collaborated with Nancy Rullo, a poet, to create images and texts that were presented at The Center for Photography at Woodstock.
In 2007 she had a solo show at Donskoj & Co in Kingston, NY of artists’s books and framed images from the books.
In recent years Leonhardt has focused on her grandmother’s – Olive Leonhardt -art and life and on her own guerrilla projects. She has two grown children and lives in Woodstock, NY.
Gay Leonhardt b. 1951 Cornell University 1973