Art Practice Makes Art Pervert by Dorian Katz

Drawing by Dorian Katz
Drawing by Dorian Katz, 2017.

Art Practice Makes Art Pervert
Friday, June 2 at 6 PM – 9 PM
Center for Sex and Culture
1349 Mission St, San Francisco, California 94103, USA

Art Practice Makes Art Pervert is a solo exhibition by Bay Area-based artist Dorian Katz curated by Dorothy R. Santos. Her drawing series 120 Days of Sodomy appropriates the Marquis de Sade’s book title 120 Days of Sodom. While Katz’ non-human beings don recognizable human characteristics, they are playful, whimsical, and sometimes political hybrids and chimeras.

Katz imagines a sex utopia that ponders what it would be like if humans were socialized like other species such as the bonobo monkey. The non-tentative, bold line work mirrors the way her creatures live and exist in the world. It’s as if the lines from Hans Bellmer crossed paths with Robert Crumb’s and made lush new creatures far more telling of human sex and sexuality than their originators. The artist’s long standing alter ego, Poppers the Pony makes fantastical visits into parts of the series. The drawings push against gender constructs and binary structures. Each drawing works towards understanding gender non-conforming beings through vibrant characters engaging in extreme sex acts, uninhibited gender expression and sexual liberation.