pool gallery presents American artist and designer Michael Leon‘s first solo show in Germany. The exhibition entitled, “Vexhall” originates with the term vexillology (lat. vexillum flag an suffix-logy “study off”).
Since his childhood Leon has been fascinated by flags. The United Nations, Olympics, World’s Fair, and other idealized visions of world community has always inspired his artwork and design.
Vexhall is composed of pieces that draw literally from flag design, mixed with Leon’s own design sensibility and personal history. By going back and forth between reverence and irreverence for vexillology, Leon has created flags for real and imagined countries, events, friends, emotions, ex-girlfriends, and everything in between. Some using the strict guidelines of flag design, next to others that may have been scribbled on a napkin or inspired by a dream. In doing so, this Vexhall (Hall of Flags) is Leon’s own personal and nostalgic United Nations.
Tucholskystraße 38 10117 Berlin-Germany