He: Questioning and Queering “Masculinity”
Last Projects, LA
Co-Curators Robert Summers and Stiofan O'Ceallaigh
Exhibition Opening March 31
HE is an exhibition that explores contemporary trans, gay, and queer artists who, as the curators see their work, question and/or queer “masculinity”—especially as defined, still, by patriarchal Euro-American culture. In the works presented, the male subject is represented in ways that undermine or ignore the dominant ideal and performance of the “masculine,” male subject, and in this way, HE is un-done. This questioning of “masculinity” has been going on for decades—first through feminism, then LGBT studies, and finally to queer theory and queer feminism, which has been called a "crisis of masculinity". Such arguments have allowed for the emergence of other forms of "masculinity"; But, as of late, there has been the reawakening of what can be called “toxic masculinities,” which can be seen in the rise of Trumpism, Brexit, and a more global return to so-called “traditional values”—which simultaneously is surfacing altogether other forms of queer activism and visual culture that are at odds with the re-embracing of dominant “masculinity.”
With the inauguration and implementation of the Trump administration, artists are looking more inwards at renewed revolutionary, European ideals such as liberty, equality, and justice. If one question can be asked, one that underlines this exhibition, it is: “How can we accept new modes of performing ‘masculinity’—such as tender masculinities, femme masculinities, and queer masculinities—in a way that the very term “masculinity” may no longer be of any use or meaning?”
International and national artists including Abel Azcona, Emmanuel Barrouyer, Ryan Brewer, Pony Bronn, Paul Buis, Enrique Castrejon, Francesco Cavicchioli, Walt Cessna, Christeene Vale, Patrick Church, Amae Collective, Jose Luis Cortes, Johann D'Nale, Paul Donald, Austin Elements, Claude-Maurice Gagnon, Nicolo Gentile, Steve Glicken, Leon Headstone, Matthias Herrmann, Florian Hetz, Luca Hunter, Joel Jagerroos, Khristopher Khrist, Ron Kibble, Natalie Kirk, Naruki Kukita, Bruce Labruce, Matt Lambert, Menelas, Slava Mogutin, Stiofan O'Ceallaigh, Hunter O'Hanian, Gio Black Peter, Kyle Quinn, Nathan Rapport, Marval A Rex, Homo Riot, Oli Rodriguez, Raphael Santiago, Ethan Shoshan, Jonathan David Smyth, Joshua Spelmanhall, Nikos Stamatopoulos, Stuart Standford, Robb Stone, Robert Summers, Uolevi Suntio, Brendan Vallee, Carlos Vergara, Wilhelm Vincent.