Leon Wren Xu
My paintings are snapshots of my everyday life experiences. As a graffiti writer, my visual perception of the world around me has been molded to observe and absorb that which others do not. I appreciate visual moments that exist naturally and unintentionally. Gentrification has led to many deconstructions and reconstructions in my environments. These evolving changes leave a lot of beautiful history or signs of the future that I capture visually. I recreate these certain moments with references and my feelings toward these environments. Through my work, I create tools to help my audience slow down and see the visual history of the places I have captured.