The Book of Lenny
October 20 – November 24, 2007
Art Palace presents The Book of Lenny, the first one-person gallery show of Austin-based artist Jonathan Marshall. The first part of an epic trilogy, The Book of Lenny chronicles the journey of Marshall’s everyman-hero as he navigates a post-apocalyptic landscape aided by a cast of characters that include a Bear and a heavily-mustachioed “Man-in-Black” and armed with D-I-Y-made tools like a bicycle boat, sextant and stargazer. The narrative takes place ten years after El Nada, the catastrophic storm that wipes out most of human civilization. However, far from dire, Marshall’s mythology offers possibilities for a new way of living and a new kind of hero.
About the Artist:
Jonathan Marshall has exhibited most recently at Sixspace in Los Angeles and Lawndale Art Center in Houston. His work was selected by Dan Cameron for the 20th New American Talent exhibition at Arthouse, was awarded “Best-in-Show” in the 2005 Texas Biennial and Marshall was named one of the “Top 10 Artists” in Austin by the Austin Chronicle (2006). He recently returned from a residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.