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Leonard is sure to entertain this Saturday, mask or no mask.
Leonard is sure to entertain this Saturday, mask or no mask.
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Who: Craig Leonard

What: Artist

Where you can find him: Craig Leonard performs "Sun Ra to Sun O))) – A Blasted History of Noise" an hour-long audio performance presenting over 100 significant noise albums from 1965 to the present, Sept. 12 at Modern Fuel. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

Where do you live and work--and why?

I live and work in Halifax, N.S. A full-time teaching position at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) drew me back east. I was born in Halifax, but grew up in Sarnia, Ont. I had no plans on moving back, but after grad school I had fantasies of teaching at NSCAD because of the reputation it developed during its conceptual art heydays in the late 60s and early 70s. I landed a job there with good fortune.

How do you describe your art?

I am interested in lots of mediums—sound, sculpture, video, printed matter and performance—so each project I get into can take on a different form. In general though I engage with history—primarily musical and literary—through intervention, revision and reinterpretation, and I allow the subject to dictate its form.

What inspires you?

Mystery and freedom.

What's Anarchivism?

Unruly archivism that hates protocol.

What's Amusicology?

A combination of amusement and dilettante musicology.

What's the nicest thing someone has said about your work?

"My five year-old loved it!"

What's the meanest thing someone has said about your work?

"It feels a bit lazy to me."

What are your current obsessions?

Bourgeois aesthetics, the Victorian era, record collecting, intuition, free time.

When someone says "Kingston," you think...

The site of many pinnacles. I had so many crucial turning points in the city it's hard to list. It's a city crucial to my personal and artistic development.

What are you currently working on?

An anarchivist, Merzbau-esque project at Eyelevel Gallery in Halifax from Sept 9-Oct 18, and of course, more teaching.

—Emily Whalen

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