Woody Leslie is a multidisciplinary artist and bookmaker who builds large homes for tiny ideas. Born and raised in Northern Vermont, he has gone on to live and work in many locations nationwide and abroad.
Through books, writing, and performance, Woody takes small thoughts about language, memories, and insignificant personal ritual, and reframes them as official histories, grand theories, and significant objects. By co-opting established forms (such as textbooks, maps, recipes, charts & graphs, dictionaries, advertisements, fictitious commercial products, etc.) he invents authority for concepts that have no business being official. Subtle absurdity dismisses any intention of deception, but rather invites the viewer to question both form and content as fiction.
In 2008, he founded One Page Productions – a small book press through which he has published a multitude of artist books, comic books, writing, and more. Though born in Boston, One Page Productions has since operated out of a variety of locations nationwide, including residencies at F&F Studios in San Rafael, CA, and Chooklyn Farms in Brooklyn, NY. In 2015, a year after relocating to Chicago, One Page Productions was acquired by Large Home Tiny Idea.
With a background in music and performance, Woody often incorporates books into his performances, and makes performances out of his books, through fictional lectures, interactive and performable books, installations, and take-home book objects. This type of work is regularly featured in his solo performances, as well as in his Brooklyn-based multimedia storytelling and performance duo co-founded with musician & performer Dave Ruder – Dave & Woody’s Chicken Slaughtering, LLC .
In addition to producing books through 1Pp and now LHTI, Woody has worked at Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn, the Journal of Artists' Books in Chicago, and the Governor's Institute on the Arts in Vermont. He is currently a graduate student at Columbia College Chicago's Book & Paper MFA program.