August 6 - August 7, 2016, 12 - 6pm
1. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion:
2. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
For his first solo exhibition, Sean O'Connor will feature large-scale paintings and works on paper, as well as edition prints that depict vast and intricate floral patterns, dotted with muscular men and athletes, snakes and reptiles, and classical icons of beauty. His work is rooted in traditional decorative art practices such as "Toile de Jouy,” and uses these mediums to portray a contemporary look and examination of idealized male beauty in gay culture. The male imagery in his work references historic and artistic symbols of masculine beauty ranging from ancient Athenian vases, to mid-century male pin ups and athletes, to current prevailing notions of manhood, taking a slight poke at the ‘homo-bromo’ social-media fixated culture. When does appreciation for beauty and aesthetic shift into vanity and narcissism? Do these two polarities work hand-in-hand creating an aesthetic and emotional balance?
Opening Reception: August 5, 6 – 8pm
August 20 - August 21, 2016, 12 - 6pm
Daughters of Mercury
Janet Bruesselbach is an able white cis fem painter raised by scientists in Los Angeles, living and working in New York City. She was educated at RISD (BFA 2006) and the New York Academy of Art (MFA 2009), and was responsible for I Hate Art (2011) and Teleportraiture (2012). She crowdfunds projects to use what she is good at for the benefit of trans, queer, and marginalized people, with whom she has developed virtual intimacy.
Throughout 2014-2015, Janet painted 23 Daughters of Mercury, full-length, large-scale oil portraits celebrating the beauty of trans women (and people subject to transmisogyny) loved and admired by the artist. Each portrait was a collaboration with the subject honoring the construction of their image under the stresses of hypervisibility, and engaging with the tropes of the female body in figurative painting. Mercury is seen here as the feminine, fluid element and a divinity of transformation, communication, and cyborg embodiment. This exhibition constitutes just over half the series, including three paintings completed since the previous show in November 2015.
Opening Reception: August 19, 6 – 8pm
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