"Daily Life Sucks" by Yony Leyser

Friday, November 21, 2008 - 6:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 21st. 7-11 pm.

W/ Performances by Grant Hart (Husker Du) and Anni Rossi (4AD)

Heaven Gallery is pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of Daily Life Sucks, photographic works by Yony Leyser that document squat, punk, queer, transgender, anarchist and outsider cultures in central Europe and central USA.

The show is a celebration of outsiders. Over the past several years Leyser has photographed Ida, a utopian vegan transgender commune in Tennessee; Christiana, an anarchist village formed in 1969 in Copenhagen, Denmark; and Kopi, Europe’s largest squat; with plenty of protests and naked bike rides in between.

The show documents people and places under the radar, and beneath the mainstream and media consciousness. It’s about people who are not afraid to break away from of safe normative “lifestyles”.

Grant Hart, drummer of legendary punk band, Husker Du, will be coming out of the woodwork to debut a music set at Heaven Gallery on Friday. He will play songs from his forthcoming solo album to be released on Constellation Records. Chicago Vocalist/Violist Anni Rossi (4AD records) will also be performing.

Yony Leyser attended the California Institute for the Arts and the New School in New York. His visual art and films have been shown in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, London, and Chicago.