The concept of being queer has become so generalized that it forgets its roots of meaning odd and strange. That strangeness is what I am looking at in these paintings. There is an uncomfortableness to this artwork, being referential to surrealism, that pokes at our prejudices of what we accept. Yet in being able to view the odd as human and allowing our inherent misunderstandings of what that provokes in each one of us might bring an acceptance of the diversity of our nature. That is, if we can find the beauty in it.
Part of the de Young Museum’s dialogue with their Alice Neel exhibition, I am honored to be part of this online exhibit “Pictures of People.”
FIGURES expresses beliefs, tells stories, and explores what it is to be human at this online exhibit from Art Fluent. View the entire exhibit at https://www.art-fluent.com/figures.
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“Q Anon (queer anonymous)” redefines the conspiracy theorists to a male couple. The balaclava covered pair of men kissing is a metaphor for those living in the closet, knowing what they want but afraid to be open about it. Hashtag this photo #QAnon to confuse those followers.
“Male Gayz” looks at the male gaze from a queer perspective.
“Love Story,” 2021, acrylic on canvas, 90″ X 30″ (triptych)