June 11 - June 12, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Feminist artist Jessica Posner presents objects, images, and performances of femme, fat, fragmented performers shaped by lesbian feelings, feminist necessity, contingent realities, and cultural violence.
Posner's assemblage sculptures of girdles, women's shape wear, compression garments, medical accessories, broom handles, plants, and other objects become actresses in a feminist interpretation of the Pygmalion myth. As a feminist lesbian sculptor, Posner shapes garments intended to sculpt the bodies of women into ghosts and mirrors, their hollow forms holding space for impossible bodies. In the Up to and Including Her and Spell for Moving Melancholia videos, Posner's body becomes a sculpture with agency. In her Butter Body Politic works, Posner uses butter as a metaphor and proposition for a slippery, feminist, and spiritual body politic.
Opening Reception: June 10, 6 – 8pm
June 25 - June 26, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Dusty St. Amand
Dusty St. Amand, 29, native to the Gulf Coast of Florida, presents moments of male vulnerability; offering a fly's view of what could be a sexual encounter or a moment of exhibition between strangers. His work is comprised of soft moments in times when St. Amand found himself disconnected from humanity, reeling from addiction, and looking for aspirational references within every new subject he came to photograph. This is his first solo exhibition. His book Of Messages and Men: Los Angeles is available on www.blurb.com.
Opening Reception: June 24, 6 – 8pm
July 15 – September 25, 2016
A Deeper Dive
Curated by Jonathan David Katz and Andrew Barron
A Deeper Dive takes a closer look at eight of the artists in the national touring exhibition, Art AIDS America. The national exhibition features work from over 100 artists made from the 1980s when the first cases of HIV were reported in the United States to the present, providing viewers an opportunity to engage with a breadth of artworks addressing HIV/AIDS in a manner hitherto unimaginable. It seeks to unearth the indelible mark AIDS has left on our collective consciousness.
A Deeper Dive aims to probe more deeply into how specific artists have contributed to that collectivity through a diverse set of strategies and approaches. The works in A Deeper Dive reflect individual difference while still evoking a strong sense of community and commonality, drawing our attention to the shared experience of the AIDS crisis that implicates us all. This exhibition will feature: Joy Episalla, Jimmy DeSana, Anthony Viti, Glenn Ligon, Ann Meredith, Brian Buczak, Karen Finley, and John Dugdale. Programming will be done in conjunction with the Bronx Museum, which will be exhibiting Art AIDS America concurrently.
Opening Reception: July 15, 6 – 8pm
July 23 - July 24, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Artur Pashkov explores sexuality as energy and its mechanics and manifestations, whether it is a personal sexuality or sexuality in general. This is why there are photographs as self-portraits and paintings in the show to express the idea of sexual energy through photography and fine art all together. This energy runs the world, and nudity is an essential part of it, something that Artur thinks people should not be ashamed of.
Opening Reception: July 22, 6 – 8pm
August 6 - August 7, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Year One: The Struggle is Real
Year One: The Struggle is Real will showcase Sean O’Connor’s visual explorations of contemporary homosexual themes from the gay male perspective. O’Connor came out in the early 2000s, a time when the social atmosphere for homosexuals in society drastically changed in an number of ways; from the American government slowly adapting laws protecting homosexuals and awarding them the same rights as heterosexuals, and simultaneously, how digital interaction between gay males, with apps like Grindr, radically shifting the way men meet and connect. These social and political movements are major themes in his work, emphasizing men’s fascination with vanity and body worship in this new sexual landscape based on digital connection, often with promiscuous or immoral implications attached to gay sexual culture. In his first solo exhibition, conceptual themes are united with his forms of graphic illustrations and symbolic imagery, with much of his work relying on contradiction; melancholic, but whimsical; sexual, but restrained.
Opening Reception: August 5, 6 – 8pm
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