Over the time that Gary Isaacs has been photographing Denver landmarks, he's become something of a local landmark himself. The photographer has a show up at Leon Gallery, 36 Views of the Lion's Lair, which runs through January 4. As Isaacs recalls the inspiration for the series,he was just back from visiting an uncle in New York City, and "I was walking past the Lion's Lair for the zillionth time when it spontaneously occurred to me that it might be interesting to make a series of photographs all anchored by at least some portion of the Lion's Lair facade.... It's as simple as that. These images are photographs of both the Lion's Lair itself and of moments visually sandwiched between myself and the facade of the Lion's Lair." See also: Leon and NIne More Unexpected Places to Throw Your Holiday Party
"36 Views of the Lion's Lair is not about my experience on the inside, and though I've also spent years photographing up and down the length of the once-rough-and-tumble 'longest, wickedest street in America' that is Colfax, these photographs are not particularly about that, either," continues Isaacs. "This is not some sort of social commentary, documentary or lifestyle piece. I set out to create a body of work that nodded to the series of woodblock prints created by Katsushika Hokusai in early 1800s Japan titled 36 Views of Mount Fuji. Or, said another way, this is a collection of photographs that represent my conscious exploration of a specific limitation suggested to me by my unconscious."
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And there will be more to explore at 8 p.m. Friday, December 5, at the Denver Broncos UK Live at Leon, a performance by Munly Munly, Slim Cessna, Lord Dwight Pentacost and Rebecca Vera. Isaacs has worked closely with DBUK, Slim Cessna's Auto Club and Munly and the Lupercalians, and the show will celebrate their music and art. Isaacs has worked closely with Westword over the years, too, and both his photo show and this night will be something special. Admission is a suggested $12 donation at the door; for information, go to leongallery.com.