Q. How much does sexuality, specifically your sexuality as a queer guy, play into your art?
A. My sexuality influences my work a lot and very little sometimes. My work is about desire and because I’m queer it ends up being about queer desire. I’m more interested in how culturally we are marketed images of heteronormative relationships. We see movie posters or magazine covers or billboards that feature men and women exhibiting our primary markers of love, romance and relationships. My work seeks to deconstruct that mainstream imagery and open it up for a queer cultural dialogue, not so much a sexual dialogue.
Q. For people who aren’t familiar already, could you explain what craft/material studies is all about?
A. Craft is making anything by hand. Which gives it a pretty distinguished place in the digital age. There‘s an incredibly rich history of traditional craft textiles that I’m interested in and influenced by but those processes don’t really make their way into my own work.
Q. Where did the inspiration for your “Peepholes” series come from? Can you tell us about that?
A. I came across these awesome vintage images of men together in a book. I got interested in the layers of information involved in looking at them. One could extrapolate that these men are gay and that they are queer artifacts, but the images could also be representative of an intimacy between straight men of the time, that we don’t experience today.
I imagined these pictures as something of a peephole, through which we could look and gather idiosyncratic notions about identity, but through which we don’t get the whole picture, only bits and pieces. With this work, I wanted to provide the viewer a voyeuristic experience, where they could only see bits of these mens’ relationships.
via Richmond artist Aaron McIntosh brings us queer culture