Way back when, in the peri-post-pandemic liminal dressing room we called May, leading up to what may never truly, duly, be known as Hot Girl Summer 2021, I rolled the dice, submitted to, and had this following work invited to participate in the BLAA‘s “some assembly required” group exhibition at the dynamic Distillery Gallery over that way in South Boston. I had the opportunity to thoroughly, extensively, + completely discuss this older yet very special work of mine with an all-too prying, warm, inquisitive, conversational, loquacious & graciously well-socialized co-curator (Ena, we still have to connect!) and in case you ever dared to inquire further, reader beware.
Triplicity is key here as an entry to the formal analysis of this work; immediately one can see it is divided into three primary planes so feast on this gorge; a William Morris studio + gay porn sandwich peppered with quasi arcane symbolism, a new new Dada of 21st century art. Yes, living in a terminal stage capitalistic hellscape IS this exhausting.
The natural green acanthus borders of any Antiquing Gay’s Patron Saint William Morris are both this piece’s firmament and heavens, with a muscled mid-drift Midgard front and center, of coupled lovers, their hands, legs intertwined, something serpentine and contesting whom can complete the other more completely. Its an intensely intimate intermingling. That hairy pit isn’t too bad either. Carnality as a way to an intimacy, and there are many kinds and ways of intimacy. I am grateful to a former lover and friend for providing that wisdom. Thank you.
Minerality is in triplicity (Red tourmaline, maybe beryl?, the chalcedony Leda and companion are carved from) ; avian friends, prehistorical harbingers of divinity are in triplicity (swan, hummingbird, that green/blue/red combo- I’m not a birder) ; even the blossom offerings are in triplicity: a lotus for Enlightenment, an apple for Juno or Eris (you chose), and of course a rose for Venus. All this, and our title heroïne is consensually having at it with her animus counterpart in a turquoise limoges wash basin. I imagine that angle might work well enough. Readers, try and let me know. Also be sure to like and subscribe, wow thanks.
The entire piece was based on an initial sketch made with my forever art collaborator Patrick Serr, Sister Diamond.
Why triplicity? Because of the basic geometric implications of hearkening back to the triangle, what next exists beyond the linear. And of course stability, strength, masculinity/feminity, the trinity and whatever else other art speak gets you glazed and hazed wherever required.
This will be up and on view through July 23, 2021.
Select newer works of mine will be on view July/August 2021 at Atlantic Works Gallery at the exhibition Friend Zoned with a long time + admired friend of mine Sarah Adam, painter and illustrator extraordinaire.
See you around there Sailors.