Seattle – Lecture and book signing with Sophia Wallace and Kelli Connell

Press release

Chastity by Sophia Wallace“LECTURE & BOOK SIGNING: KELLI CONNELL & SOPHIA WALLACE

Friday, April 13, 6:30pm, Tickets: $10, $8 Members

Photo Center NW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, 98122

Sophia Wallace explores the gendering of aesthetics and how the concept of beauty is tied to sexual objectification. Wallace photographed male subjects using the unspoken rules that dictate the way women are conventionally posed in photographs and paintings. Shorter than most of her models, she used a ladder to shoot them from above while directing them to look at her only with soft expressions. Mostly she asked them to look away – to be looked at. She uncovered aspects of their masculinity which might otherwise be downplayed for fear of appearing effeminate. As viewers, can we look at aestheticized vulnerability without inserting a gendered, sexual agenda onto it? Do beautiful men fall victim to the virgin/whore dichotomy or does their masculinity protect them from this reduction? Wallace is a Seattle artist based in Brooklyn, NY.

Kelli Connell’s images appear to document a relationship between two women. Their idiom looks familiar: a young couple caught up in everyday moments of pleasure and reflection. The first flicker of unease comes as soon as the viewer registers the similarity of the two subjects, who seem to be twins–and incestuous twins at that. In fact, Connell has photographed the same model portraying both of the women and then digitally combined the two images so seamlessly that not a trace remains of their construction. Connell has been at the forefront of artists using digital technologies for the past decade, but her art is not about Photoshop, her photographs extend far beyond their duplicity into larger and more complex issues of identity and visual rhetoric. Connell is a Chicago based artist.

This lecture is in partnership with Decode Books.”
Illustration above: Untitled (Chastity) by Sophia Wallace

[Works by Sophia Wallace and Kelli Connell’s are presented at the The Photo Center NW’s exhibition Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography in Seattle USA. The exhibition runs through May 27, 2012.]

The Book
Kelli Connell – Double Life
Essay by Susan Bright
Interview by Dawoud Bey
12.25 x 9.5 inches
36 four-color plates
80 pages, hardcover
Published by Decode Books
ISBN 978-0-9793373-9-0

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

Purity by Sophia Wallace

Sophia Wallace, Untitled (Purity), 2010, chromogenic-print, 18″ x 24″, edition of 6

Immaculate by Sophia Wallace

Untitled (Immaculate) by Sophia Wallace

Contemporary Queer Photography

Press release

Karina Cass Cedar Rapids, IA by Molly Landreth

Karina Cass Cedar Rapids, IA by Molly Landreth

EXHIBITION i Seattle, USA

Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography
Artists: Adrain Chesser, Kelli Connell, Katie Koti, Molly Landreth, Steven Miller, Rafael Soldi, Chad States, Lorenzo Triburgo, Amelia Tovey, Sophia Wallace
Exhibition Dates: April 6th-May 27th 2012
Artists’ Reception: April 12th, 6-8pm
After Party: April 12th, 8:30pm at The Wild Rose
Gallery Hours: Monday – Thursday 11 am – 10 pm, Friday – Sunday 12 pm – 8 pm
Location: Photo Center NW, 900 12th Avenue, Seattle, 98122, USA
Contact for more info: Erin Spencer at espencer@pcnw.org, phone: 206.720.7222, ext 10

EVENTS
Artists’ Reception:
April 12th, 6-8pm, performances by Tenderfoot and Waxie Moon. Also present, Queer Youth Space and #1 Must Have queer zine
After Party: April 12th, 8:30pm at The Wild Rose

Lectures:
Lecture: April 13th, 6:30 pm, Kelli Connell & Sophia Wallace
Lecture: May 4th, 6:30 pm, Steven Miller & Adrain Chesser
Lecture Tickets: $10, $8 Members

Workshop:
Identities: Queer Youth and The Community
Instructor: Molly Landreth
Sundays, April 15, 22 and 29 // 12-3 PM
FREE

Class: Gender and Sexuality in American Portraiture
Instructor: Molly Landreth
Wednesdays 6-9 April 4-June 6
$675

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

Bubblebath by Kelli Connell

The Photo Center NW is pleased to announce Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography. This exhibition focuses on ten contemporary queer photographers who explore ideas of identity, gender, courage, relationships, sexuality and the human form. Scheduled to run concurrently with the Tacoma Art Museum’s HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, this exhibition sheds light on a younger generation of queer artists working in the photographic medium locally and around the country. In the spirit of celebration around queer art, the Photo Center is launching this exhibition with an exciting opening reception that will feature music, performance, youth, art and community! The opening reception willl include a fearless live performance by boylesque sensation Waxie Moon, challenging notions of gender, sexuality and performance art. With artists flying in from around the country, it will also present local folk band Tenderfoot, representatives from Queer Youth Space and A. Slaven and Adrien Leavitt, founders and DJ’s of LICK! and creators of the new queer zine, #1 Must Have, which will be available and accompanied by an installation of photos in the upstairs gallery.

Chicago artist Kelli Connell’s images appear to document a relationship between two women who seem to be twins– and incestuous twins at that. In fact, Connell has photographed the same model portraying both of the women and then digitally combined the two images so seamlessly that not a trace remains of their construction. Seattle-based Molly Landreth offers a more extensive approach to queer portraiture with her project, Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America, while Chad States taps into the mysticism and secrecy that still exists and surrounds queer culture. He documents hidden points of encounter in public spaces where homosexual men meet to engage in sexual interactions. Katie Koti challenges rigid dichotomies of identity and exposes the struggle an individual can go through inside of their own skin by engaging her subjects with an ambiguous landscape. Through their trickster alter egos, Beaster and Bear, Chesser and Miller create complex narratives that explore the politics of gay culture, spirituality, and man’s relationship to nature. Peruvian artist, Rafael Soldi, approaches homosexuality from a cultural perspective; his images represent his struggle to surface from darkness and uses his relationship with a pervious partner as an anchor for coming to terms with and defining his sexuality while transitioning from one country to another. Lorenzo Triburgo’s Transportraits are a series of portraits focused on transgendered men while Sophia Wallace explores the gendering of aesthetics and how the concept of beauty is tied to sexual objectification.”

Tracks by Katie Koti

Tracks by Katie Koti

Untitled (Chastity) by Sophia Wallace

Untitled (Chastity) by Sophia Wallace

Seattle: Author and Subject – Contemporary Queer Photography

Press Release by Molly Landreth

AUTHOR AND SUBJECT: CONTEMPORARY QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY AT PCNW
APRIL 6 – MAY 27, 2012
OPENING: April 12 6-9pm Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle WA, USA

“The Photo Center NW is pleased to announce Author and Subject: Contemporary Queer Photography. This exhibition focuses on ten contemporary queer photographers who explore ideas of identity, gender, courage, relationships, sexuality and the human form. Also scheduled to run concurrently with HIDE/SEEK, this exhibition sheds light on a younger generation of queer artists working in the photographic medium locally and around the country. The opening reception willl include a fearless live performance by boylesque sensation Waxie Moon, local folk band Tenderfoot, representatives from Queer Youth Space and A. Slaven and Adrien Leavitt, founders and DJ’s of LICK! and creators of the new queer zine, #1 Must Have, which will be available and accompanied by an installation of photos in the upstairs gallery.”

The Queer Photographers
Author and Subject – Contemporary Queer Photography presents photographs by artists: Adrain Chesser, Kelli Connell, Katie Koti, Molly Landreth, Steven Miller, Rafael Soldi, Chad States, Lorenzo Triburgo, Amelia Tovey, Sophia Wallace.

Related Link
EMBODIMENT a photographic journey and a web-based archive by Molly Landreth. The Project seeks to understand what it means to be queer in America today.
The official website of Hide/Seek