Leon set to re-launch as non-profit arts organization in February with Eriko Tsogo’s Wrong Women: Myths From Sky

February 17 - March 31, 2018

ErikoTsogoEriko Tsogo at Pirate, circa 2013 - photo by Ken Hamel/DenverArts.org

Leon eagerly announces the re-launch of its innovative artistic programming within the structure of a 501 (c) (3) arts organization, with an exhibition of Eriko Tsogo’s stunningly beautiful and psychologically disturbing drawings, collages, prints, and monotypes.

Eriko Tsogo is the last of the fast vanishing nomadic Mongol ethnicity. She was born and raised in the heart of the vast steppes and luminous mountains of Mongolia. She grew up in societies of parallel dysfunction between that of Mongolia and Budapest, Hungary during the Socialist regime; an oppressive period when strong cultural censorship and Communist idealism shaped her adolescent mind.

Her most prominent migratory experience came 19 years ago when she emigrated to the United States with her family from Mongolia. Her identity as a first generation Mongolian American migrant allows a life of duality where opposing values and norms of Eastern and Western spiritual and social traditions constantly clash and fuse – creating a marginal periphery of absent power origin. Her ever-revolving dual identity as a first generation Mongolian American nomadic voyeur profoundly shapes her artistic process. She is interested in expressing the embattled emotional middle space of the marginal human devoid of identity.

Scheduled events include:
  • Opening Reception w/ music performance by Entrancer - Saturday, February 17th, 2018, 7pm-11pm
  • Artis Talk and Book Signing - Saturday, March 10th, 2018, 2pm-4pm
  • Artist Workshop/Month of Printmaking Studio Tour - Saturday, March 24th, 2018, 10am-4pm
  • Closing Party w/ music by Voight and live Performance Piece - Saturday, March 31st, 2018 7pm-11pm
The opening reception, sponsored by the Mongolian Culture & Heritage Center of Colorado and Bd’s Mongolian Grill, will feature drawings, collages, prints, and monotypes, in which Tsogo seeks to explore the conflicting psycho-spiritual, cultural and disjointed effects/emotional middle space of globalization on marginalized identities, with attention to women’s issues; one who perpetually lives simultaneously in war and peace within two worlds, and more or less a stranger in both. Her work is about history and tradition, identity censorship, mythology, folklore, dreams, spirituality, death, and nature set in contemplative scenarios that transform into symbolic allegories for socio-political issues. All the proceeds from the exhibition will go to benefit her “Untitled Mongolian Documentary Film Project Fund.” Closing party will be sponsored by City O’ City, and will feature a special live performance piece.

Eriko Tsogo is a Mongolian American visual artist and filmmaker born on the steppes of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Eriko grew up in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of 8. She is an alumni of Denver School of the Arts, having attained her B.F.A (2012) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. She currently lives and works between the paradigm spheres of Colorado, California and mindscape Mongolia.

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