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In the past, Matt Leines created creatures and worlds seemingly in a realm of history. For this exhibition, The Great Gates of Zenith, Leines imagines a futuristic world in which his creatures dwell. The overwhelming theme of “wonder” present throughout is reminiscent of the feelings evoked by scientific advances exhibited at Worlds’ Fairs at the turn of the twentieth century, when people were not yet jaded by such discoveries, and still fascinated by what might lie over the next hill, or who may be encountered down the next alley.

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
Leopard Guard (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
15 x 5.25 in (38.1 x 13.3 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Authority (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
13.75 x 5.5 in (34.9 x 14.0 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Keeper (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
14 x 8.5 in (35.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Picker (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
13 x 5.25 in (33.0 x 13.3 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Drummer (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
14 x 6 in (35.6 x 15.2 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Fallen King (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
14.25 x 5.25 in (36.2 x 13.3 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Habitant (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
13 x 5.25 in (33.0 x 13.3 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Righteous Scholar (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
13 x 6.5 in (33.0 x 16.5 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
Tiger Guard (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
14 x 6.5 in (35.6 x 16.5 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Troopers (Cut-out), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper with metal hardware
12 x 17.5 in (30.5 x 44.5 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Calculator (Head), 2008
Acrylic and ink on paper
8.5 x 8.5 in (21.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Leopard (Head), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
8.5 x 8.5 in (21.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Pilot (Head), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
8.5 x 8.5 in (21.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Professor (Head), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
8.5 x 8.5 in (21.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Citizen (Head), 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
8.5 x 8.5 in (21.6 x 21.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Overlord, 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
20 x 14.25 in (50.8 x 36.2 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
Monument, 2008
Watercolor and ink on paper
19.75 x 16 in (50.2 x 40.6 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Observatory, 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
20 x 15.75 in (50.8 x 40.0 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Racers, 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
18 x 23.5 in (45.7 x 59.7 cm)

Matt Leines

Matt Leines
The Hideaway, 2008
Ink and watercolor on paper
20 x 16 in (50.8 x 40.6 cm)