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Woody Leslie

ARTIST BIO

Woody Leslie is an artist, book maker, and performer who makes large homes for tiny ideas. Born and raised in northern Vermont, he has lived and worked in many locations nationwide and abroad. He currently lives in Chicago, IL.

Through books, writing, and performance, Woody takes small thoughts about language, memories, and insignificant personal ritual, and reframes them as official histories, grand theories, and significant objects. By co-opting established forms (such as textbooks, maps, recipes, charts and graphs, dictionaries, advertisements, fictitious commercial products, etc.) he invents authority for concepts that have no business being official. Subtle absurdity dismisses any intention of deception, but rather invites the viewer to question both form and content as fiction.

In 2008, he founded One Page Productions – a small book press through which he has published a multitude of artist books, comic books, writing, and more. Born in Boston, One Page Productions has since operated out of a variety of locations nationwide, including residencies at F&F Studios in San Rafael, CA, and Chooklyn Farms in Brooklyn, NY. A year after relocating to Chicago, One Page Productions was acquired by Large Home Tiny Idea in 2015.

With a background in music & performance, Woody has begun to incorporate books into his performances, and make performances out of his books, through fictional lectures, interactive and performable books, installations, and take-home book objects.

In addition to producing books through 1Pp and now LHTI, Woody has worked at Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, the Journal of Artists' Books in Chicago, and the Governor's Institute on the Arts in Vermont. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago's Book & Paper MFA program.

ARTIST'S WORK

Understanding Molecular Typography - 2015



Parsely- 2016 work in progress



Understanding Molecular Typography - 2015



Ampairsanding - ongoing


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