A Little About Leslie
H. Leslie Foster II is an experimental filmmaker who has lived in Los Angeles for a decade. As an artist, he strives to create work that is beautiful and uncomfortable. His love for storytelling is inspired by a childhood spent in Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand. His desire is to create art that constantly challenges power structures, amplifies those whose voices are so often unheard, and quietly subverts in ways that are aesthetically powerful. He loves throwing tea parties in the gray areas. With over a twelve years spent as a professional filmmaker, he is happiest when applying his knowledge in collaboration with other artists in order to tell unique stories.
Much of his practice is rooted community-building through art-making and collaboration. If he had to summarize his art practice in a single sentence, it would probably be, “I’m trying to praise the mutilated world and practice resurrection.” Somewhere in that collision of favorite poems by Adam Zagajewski and Wendell Berry is the frustrating, beautiful thing he’s trying to reach with his work.
Since he graduated from Southern Adventist University in 2006, he’s shot music videos in Serbia, founded the 501(c)(3) Traveling Muse Pictures, spent five weeks undercover in Jamaica shooting a documentary about violent homophobia, gone to Burning Man eight times, and talked Vice Media into saying nice things about his art.
His first solo gallery show “Ritual Cycle,” was created with designer and composer Scott Arany and filmmaker Heather Dappolonia, who together form the collective Nomad Solstice. “Ritual Cycle” debuted in March 2016, followed by a second solo installation, “59,” for which he shot 11 films in 11 months with 11 different collaborators, that debuted in May 2017. “59” represented the completion of a year-long art residency with the non-profit art collective Level Ground, where he now serves as the Director of Art Residency. He spends some of his time as a story analyst at Disney, and was selected to be a member of the 2019 Torrance Art Museum FORUM residency cohort in January 2019. He's still trying to fulfill his life-long dream of running away with a band of sea-faring vagabond artists.
Tongva Land, Hollywood, CA