About
Mark
b. Miami, FL
lives and works in Chicago, IL

L. Williams is a Chicago based artist who explores food, waste and gender through their art making practice. Upon confronting and feeling the dense and leaky weight of growing landfills, mass consumption, and dwindling resources their focus shifted to making work that calls waste habits into question. Intersecting with their waste politics are their gender identities, which inform the way they interrogate family and their own ability to build one. Leo lives happily with their partner and their family of worms, kefir, sauerkraut and kvass in Bridgeport, Chicago where they are constantly growing their domestic sphere and altering how they relate to one another and the world around them.

Education

2014             
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Chicago, IL

Group Exhibitions

2019
Fermenting Feminism, Access Gallery
Vancouver, BC, Canada 

In the Receiving Room, Flood’s Hall
Chicago, IL

Trans Art Is: Love & Liberation, Andersonville Galleria
Chicago, IL

2018
2nd Biennial Scent Fair, Craft and Folk Art Museum
Los Angeles, CA

Fermenting Feminism (Hunter’s Moon), the Medical Museion & the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Copenhagen, DK

Flat Earth Cinema Club and The LUNGA Festival
SEYÐISFJÖRÐUR, Iceland

Curated Exhibitions

2016
God Gives Us Food, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Here, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Lay a Ghost, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

2015
Late November, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

2 Tambours, cornerstore
Chicago, IL

Workshops/Talks/Presentations

2019

Guest Lecture: “Thinking Together: Olfactory Art & Manifestos,” Olfactory Art course, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL

Workshop: “Game Hacking - Eau Doom,” Fabrika Avtonomia; Sofia, Bulgaria

Talk: “Emotional Bootcamp: Collaborative Practices,” Æther Sofia; Sofia, Bulgaria

Workshop: “Community Building Through Game Design,” Polsky Exchange & Weston Game Lab; Chicago, IL

Residencies

2019
Radar Sofia, Artist in Residence; Sofia, Bulgaria

2019
Flood’s Hall Artist Residency; Chicago, IL

Press & Publications

“Family Jewels: Fermentation as Queer Parenting Practice” in Lauren Fournier (ed.), fermenting feminism: hunter’s moon. Laboratory for Aesthetics and Ecology. (forthcoming)

Fleerackers, Alice “Features—Fermenting Feminism.” Art the Science Blog; October 2019. 

Bulliqi, Eddie. “Institute of Olfaction’s Biennial Scent Fair.” Perfume & Flavorist; December 2018.

Cardoza, Kerry. “Jenn Smith and Bailey Scieszka.” Newcity; September 2016.

“5 Shows To See Now.” Newcity; September 2016.

“Top V. Weekend Picks (6/16-6/22).” Bad At Sports; June 2016.

Clarke, Chris. “Letter from Chicago: A Fucking Biennial.” Art Monthly; November 2015.

Projects
cornerstore gallery                                                              May 2015—April 2017
Director, Founder

                                                                                                                                                               Contact: leolandonwilliams@gmail.com