Leaping Man

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LEAPING MAN aspires to increase and intensify exchanges among the arts — regardless of medium or forum — and so we will seek out direct partnerships with visual, literary and performance artists to create work in a variety of media and platforms. We expect that each project will be coordinated with a limited print edition or other artifact, but the parameters for LM’s undertakings will be as open as possible.

 

A taste of the earliest projects can be found at leapingman.org. All printed artifacts will be available for sale directly through the website. Ramey will serve as the Executive Director and will answer to a Board of creatives recruited from a number of fields.

 

Frederick Ramey is one of two owner-publishers of Unbridled Books, a decentralized independent press specializing in commercial literature, and a member of the Board of Denver’s Colophon Literary Center. Previously he was a founding editor of the BlueHen imprint at Putnam and through the 1990s was Publisher and Executive Editor of MacMurray & Beck, an award-winning Colorado press.

 

LEAPING MAN is a Colorado not-for-profit company.

 

LEAPING MAN does not consider unsolicited manuscripts.

  

 

 for more information, please contact:

Frederick Ramey: framey@leapingman.org

7 February 2017

 

For immediate release

 

ANNOUNCING LEAPING MAN, A PUBLISHER OF ART AND ARGUMENT

 

Long-time editor and publisher Frederick Ramey announced today the arrival of LEAPING MAN, a collaborative not-for-profit publishing and production company exploring the intersection of visual, narrative and performing arts.

 

“Those who know me well have heard my thinking about this for quite a few years,” Ramey said. “With the passing of John Berger, who has long been an inspiration for me, I wanted to bring things together for the cross-genre and cross-media endeavor we’ve dreamt about for so long. Berger taught us about the responsibility to look for correspondences and to ask essential questions. We mean Leaping Man to be a vehicle for doing that.” 

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Denver's LEAPING MAN, a not-for-profit publisher of Art & Argument, launched this spring with a unique effort to meld the literary and visual arts. Some LM projects will have single creators; others will be collaborations (or arguments). Some will be books, but others will be performances, productions, reproductions. All will generate artifacts that please the hand and engage the eye.

 

Two extraordinary projects are in line for 2018, and we will celebrate both at our initial fundraiser on July 12 at the Mai Wyn Fine Art Gallery on Santa Fe Drive.

         

          Colorado artist, Charles Parson is perhaps best known for his large scale abstract sculptures and installations. But the intimacy of his drawings — both his abstracts and his landscapes — is a notably rich element of his work. Leaping Man will produce 30 signed and numbered boxes of fine reproductions and original works to accompany release of a bound book celebrating Parson’s works on paper.

          Katherine Oktober Matthews is an American-born artist working across media in response to the connected systems of contemporary living.  Leaping Man will publish a collectible edition of her photo | personal memoir, Elsewhere in 2018. Refreshing in its voice and moving in its revelations, Elsewhere couples Matthews’ resonant photographs with prose portraits of experiences that invite and resist a woman making her own way through.

 

Please visit leapingman.org for images and excerpts.

 

AT THE EVENT: A suite of small drawings by Mr. Parson will be available on the evening of the event at Mai Wyn Fine Art Gallery. A portion of the proceeds from those drawings will go to support Leaping Man. In addition, three photographs by Ms. Matthews will be presented in a silent auction in support of the Denver-based non-profit.

 

LEAPING MAN: These and other Leaping Man projects are available directly through leapingman.org. This direct-to-the-collector approach is a form of radical literary transparency that allows LM to divide the proceeds from each artifact evenly with the makers of the work. Because the editors and managers at Leaping Man volunteer their time, half of the proceeds from every purchase through leapingman.org will help fund the next LM project.

 

Please join us on July 12 for wine and light fare. There’s much to be said about the work.

  

 

 for more information, please contact:

Frederick Ramey: framey@leapingman.org

15 June 2017

 

For immediate release

 

Leaping Man

will hold a fundraiser by invitation

on July 12, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

at

MAI WYN FINE ART GALLERY

 744 Santa Fe Drive / Denver

A portion of the proceeds from

the sale of drawings by

CHARLES PARSON

will go to Leaping Man.

 

Silent auction of three photographic

prints by

KATHERINE OKTOBER MATTHEWS

to benefit Leaping Man.