Tansey Contemporary is pleased to present “Euphotic” a solo exhibition from Courtney M. Leonard on display at 1743 Wazee Street, Denver, Colorado from January 26th to March 2nd, 2018.

The exhibit, Leonard’s first solo show with the gallery, expands on the artist’s current body of works which explore and document the fragility of our water environment, whale and material sustainability. The works of Euphotic are a reflection of the Euphotic Zone and it's vital part in life and culture.

The Euphotic Zone is the depth of water in the ocean where light exists and allows for healthy growth of plant life and aquatic species. It is also one of the heaviest zones effected by increased nitrogen run off, leading to a lack of oxygen sufficient enough for these species to survive. The result is often seen in striking images of mass fish die-offs, or large aerial views of algae blooms, and warning signs that read "DO NOT SWIM" "WATER TOXICITY LEVELS HIGH TODAY”.

Leonard explains: “This work is a reflection of this zone, a place where generations of fishing communities continue their life ways and relationships to the natural resources to which their cultural landscapes affords through local harvesting and means of subsistence. Woven with clay as a material that when fired exists within a framework of fragility similar to that of the fragility of our environment.

Euphotic exists exists as an interwoven memory, an exploration of materiality, and a poetic understanding of light as an extension of both architecture and object in environmental record.”


Courtney M. Leonard (Shinnecock, b.1980) is an artist and filmmaker, who has contributed to the Offshore Art movement. In collaboration with national and international museums, cultural institutions, and indigenous communities in North America, New Zealand, Nova Scotia, and the United States Embassies, Leonard’s practice investigates narratives of cultural viability as a reflection of environmental record. Her work is included in the permanent public collections of the United States Art In Embassies, the Crocker Art Museum, the Autry Museum, the Heard Museum, ASU's Art Museum and Ceramic Research Center, the Peabody Essex Museum, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the North, the Mystic Seaport Museum, and the Pomona Museum of Art. It is also included in the University of Reno and Oxford University (UK).

Join us for the opening reception at Tansey Contemporary Denver on Friday, January 26th from 6 - 8pm. The artist will be present.