That’s So Gay: Girls Who Are Boys Who Do Boys Like They’re Girls Gladstone Hotel 3rd & 4th floor Galleries Toronto, ON
June 6 – July 29, 12 – 5 pm daily Opening reception: Thursday June 28, 7 – 10 pm
Curated by Sholem Krishtalka
Featuring work by: Steven Beckly, Sol Legaults, Cecilia Berkovic, Johnny Forever, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Kyle Lasky, Elisha Lim, Mikiki, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Andrew Zealley
Curatorial Statement Pride exhibits stereotypically involve representations of desire – men make art about male desire, women make art about female desire. In keeping with my ongoing project of using the That’s So Gay exhibit to expand on what Pride shows can be, and to use them to push and prod and stretch what “queer” can mean, I want to challenge that initial premise, and have male artists show work about women, and vice versa. This simplistic binary system itself raises an obvious and important issue: “man” and “woman” as gender identities, much less sexual object choices, are in and of themselves extremely complex, problematic and fluid. And an essential part of a queer life is the challenging and disruption of these categories.
I want to introduce this binary in order to demonstrate its overly-simplistic falseness. I want to disrupt the stereotypical representation of sexual-object-choice; I want to open up those binaries to free interpretation by the artists; I want to show artists who themselves identify somewhere in the huge spectrum that exists between these binaries, and whose work will thusly interpret gender and desire freely and openly. -Sholem Krishtalka
So, I ended up not going to the Alec Soth lecture. It felt weird to skip my own opening, as anxious and uneasy as they make me. Hopefully, it’ll surface online somewhere. The opening turned out to be a lot of fun! The turn-out was great, and by 8pm it was so packed that I couldn’t leave even if I wanted to.
I’m so happy I stayed, ‘cause I would’ve missed seeing old friends who I hadn’t seen in a while, and meeting so many new people. Best part of the night was when these two boys, Jim and Ryan, came up to Dylan and I, and told me they really liked my work. We talked for a bit and exchanged business cards, and I realized that Jim is Jim Verburg, whose work I have admired since his show at Gallery 44 last year. My head exploded. It’s stuff like this that makes you realize how small the art community is in Toronto. Anyways, they were wonderful company and hopefully I’ll see them again soon.
Dylan and I are road-tripping to New York in June. We both need a little vacation after CONTACT. Then I’ll be spending the entire summer shooting! I have secluded myself in the studio for the past month prepping for this new project. I’m excited to make pictures again. New work soon!
Exposed: Pervasive Infuence Gladstone Hotel - 2nd Floor May 6 - 19 Opening: May 6, 6-10 pm
1214 Queen St W Toronto, M6J 1J6 Daily 12 - 5pm
Steven Beckly, Genevieve Blais, Colin Carney, Geneviève Caron, Tiffany Doldron, Sheryl Dudley, Aaron Vincent Elkaim, Sarah Febbraro, Derek Flack, Joe Fleming, Ruth Gillson, Brett Gundlock, Sophie Hogan, Katia Houde, Courtney Kelsey, Nicole Koster, Lindsay Lauckner, Esmond Lee, Miklos Legrady, Ben Ng, Gil Reynolds, Walter Segers, Natalia Sokolovska, Barry Stoch, William Suarez, Daniela Tersigni, Genevieve Thauvette, Shelley Wildeman
Exposed: Pervasive Influence seeks to examine the tyranny of the photograph. How does an image colonize perception? How are false realities created through different photo genres? This group show illuminates layers of perception by unmasking cultural appropriation, interrupting the fashion photographer’s narrative, decoding the anthropomorphization of animals through fantasy portraiture, and by confronting us with the effects of omnipresent advertising on our bodies; each work reveals new possibilities for reading images.
This exhibition is co-produced by the Gladstone Hotel and SpeakEasy and curated by Christina Zeidler and David Brown.
Image: Katia Houde, and we created them in our own image, 2009