medial 3. art biennial [2015]
Leo Hylan III. USA



1.Abstract 1, 2013 Digital Mixed Media on canvas 4X5 Fl., US$ 300.00   2.Abstract 2, 2013 Digital Mixed Media on canvas 4X5 Fl., US$ 200.00    3.To Whom it May Concern, 2012 Digital Mixed Media 16X12 in., US$ 100.00   4.Graffiti, 2010 Digital Mixed Media 16X20 in., US$ 100.00    5.Peeled Sunset, 2010 Digital Mixed Media 16X12 in., US$ 100.00    6.Treetych, 2013 Digital Mixed Media 12X32 in., US$ 150.00   7.Tunneled, 2013 Digital Mixed Media 20X30 in., US$ 100.00   8.Watered Down, 2010 Digital Mixed Media 16X20 in., US$ 100.00
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Leo Hylan considers himself a Multimedia Artist who creates using a variety of media that include Digital Art, Mixed Media, Film, Video, Photography, Installation, and Performance. His work seems to divide into two distinct directions. Both of these directions coping strategies for dealing with the profound tragedies that have shaped his life. Before the age of thirty, Leo lost his only sister from epilepsy at eighteen and his mother from a brain tumor. He and his wife continue to live with Chronic Pain conditions and both had major back surgeries in their twenties.
The first of these two distinct directions is confrontation. Leo engages with brutal honesty when confronting issues of the self; as well as, the society at around him. This honesty provides a unique narrative to the work he creates. By recognizing an objective truth within larger geo-political narratives; Hylan creates with daily, recognizable elements. The results are unprecedented situations in which the viewer is confronted with the conditioning of their own perception, thus forcing them to reconsider their biased position.
The second distinct direction and approach of his work is much more abstract. These artworks do not reference recognizable form and therefore become an experimentation in escape. The result is deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, he tries to approach a variety of subjects in a multi-layered way in order to spark involvement with the viewer.
His work urges the audience to renegotiate media art as being part of a reactive comment on oppressing themes in our contemporary society; as well as, the issues of oppression within ourselves. Using a conceptual approach, he creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions; as well as, acceptance and refusal. His work directly responds to the surrounding environment and focuses on the beauty that is hidden from our everyday experiences. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Leo creates so that he can make a connection, because it is through this connection that he can overcome suffering and enlightenment can be attained.


2015- MFA, Digital Arts, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD (expected May 2015)
2008- MAT with Honors, Art Education, Goucher College, Baltimore, MD
2005- BFA Studio with Distinction in New Media, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
2001- The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. (Foundation Year)

Professional Experience
-- 2012–Present: Founder, and Instructor of Visual Arts, Film, New Media, and 21st Century Design at the Annapolis High School Magnet Program for performing and visual arts, Annapolis, MD
-- 2009-2012: Founder, and Instructor of New Media at the first Anne Arundel County Performing and Visual Arts Magnet Program (Bates Middle School and Maryland Hall), Annapolis, MD

Other Professional Art Experience
2013– Visual Coordinator for the Telesma concert experience. This includes doing live video performance at major venues throughout the county; such as Rams Head Live- Baltimore MD, The Pex Festival- Philadelphia, PA, etc.”

Exhibitions / Installations / Performances
Solo Exhibitions
2014- Public Video Installation at The Kimmel Center Cube, Philadelphia, PA
2014- BIT BI BIT- The Silber Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2014- Public Video Installation for The Annapolis Film Festival, Annapolis, MD
2013- Leo Hylan: A “Retrospectacle”- Metropolitan, Annapolis, MD
2013- Featured Artist- Aloft Hotel, Baltimore, MD
2013- Present- Permanent Video Installation- Metropolitan, Annapolis, MD
2013- A Look Through the Modern Lens- Chesapeake Arts Center, Baltimore, MD
2012- The Digital Palette- Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Group Exhibitions
2014- Public Video Installation at Commerce Square- Philadelphia, PA
2014- The Artery Group Exhibition- Capital City Arts District, Annapolis, MD
2013- Passing the Torch- Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD (Also Curated)
2013- A4- Affordable Art from Annapolis Artists- Metropolitan, Annapolis ,MD
2013- Videopolis- Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2011- Present- Rotating Exhibitions- BWI Airport Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2010- MAEA Exhibition- Washington, D.C.
2005- SAIC Thesis Exhibition- The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL

Major Multimedia (Live Video and Sound) Performances
2014- Sight of Sound- The Asheville Experimental Music Festival, Asheville, NC
2014- Sharon Apple- Goucher Auditorium, Baltimore, MD
2012- Sight of Sound- Share NYC- The Can Factory, Brooklyn, NY
2010- Time Travelers Never Die- The Whole Gallery, The Hexagon, Lo-Fi Social Club, The Metro Gallery, and Joe Squared, Baltimore, MD
2008- Present- Hylantown- The Electro Music Festival, Hugenot, NY

Print Media
1. Theresa Winslow, “A Complex Picture,” (Full Artist Profile and Review)- The Capital Gazette, January 5, 2014.
2. Paul W. Gillespie, “Unique Annapolis Exhibit Links Artists and Students,” The Capital Gazette, January 17, 2014.
3. Joshua McKerrow, “The Artery: New Artist Group Taps Youthful Vein of Talent”- The Capital Gazette, July 14, 2013.
4. Karen Gaspers, “Chesapeake Art Center Open New Photographic Exhibit in June”- Chesapeake Inspired, May 22, 2012.
5. What's Up Annapolis, “Inspiring Creativity,” September, 2010.

Website Publications
1. Goucher Digital Arts Blog, “Working on Leo's Capstone,” (Full Artist Profile)
2. Maryland Gazette, “Chesapeake Arts, Aloft BWI Co-Host New Local Artist Series,”
3. Artist Portfolio Magazine, “Abstract Art,”
4. Artist Portfolio Magazine, “Northeast Vs. Southwest,”
5. Maryland Gazette, “A Look Through the Modern Lens,”

Publications as an Author
2014- “Passing the Torch: Artists Influencing Artists,” Art Book Based on Group Exhibition- The Artery
2008- Present- Published in Numerous Art Curriculum Documents including “Digital Palette”- the first digital arts coursework designed specifically for middle schools in Maryland; as well as, the curriculum for the first middle and high school arts magnet programs in Anne Arundel County Public Schools (MD).

Lectures, Presentations, Visiting Artist Lectures
2014- Visiting Artist Lecture- Artist's Engagement Forum- Baltimore, MD
2014- “Chasing Ice,” Documentary Film and Climate Change, Panelist, Annapolis, MD
2012- “Digital Literacy,” Teaching Teacher's Digital Arts, Lecturer, Baltimore, MD
2011- “Sparking Creativity,” Using the Critique as a Springboard for Engagement, Presenter, National Arts Education Association Conference, Seattle, WA
2010- “Digital Palette,” Applying Digital Media in Public Middle Schools, Presenter, Maryland Arts Education Association, Washington, D.C.
2008- The Art of Video Performance, Presenter, Electro-Music Festival, Hugenot, NY