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Submit   gender + art If blogs were mullets, this would be the party at the back where I aggregate anything to do with gender in arts, pop culture and my favorite, queer feminist art. Less a blog than a visual scrapbook/experiment in linking creators and audiences. For the business at the front of sharing art that might interest queer, feminist, womanist, sex radical, genderqueer, transgender, whoever creatives: please click on the pink above.

Titled for Yayoi Kusama, who is the cat's pyjamas.


TextaQueen.: TextaQueen's "Unknown Artist" opens this weekend Sat Feb 16th 3-5pm in Sydney →

textaqueen:

Hey peeps

Just a reminder my solo show Unknown Artist opens tomorrow Saturday 16th in Sydney. The entire show is already sold out, including 5 works to public institutions. Here’s another preview of one of the pictures, all pics up later in the week or on the Sullivan and Strumpf website.

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— 1 year ago with 18 notes
#art  #exhibitions  #Arlene Texta Queen  #sydney  #portraits 

plentyotoole:

Alicia Reyes McNamara emailed me back in December telling me that she and her friend, Kat Burdine would be taking part in JR’s Inside Out Project in Honduras. I asked her to give me a holler when she completed it. And she has! Here’s what they’ve done in her own words:

La Fuerza Silenciosa or in English, The Silent Strength is a public art instillation I did in Honduras with my friend, Kat Burdine. We are working in collaboration with the Inside Out project founded by the French artist, JR.

Between both Kat and I, we have lived and work in El Progreso, Honduras for six years and though we worked with various demographics, we were continuously struck by the silent strength of women in the community. We have photographed these women and have pasted their portraits up in the center of town as well as their neighborhoods to give homage to their strength and struggles. With this citywide instillation we hope to start a dialogue about all that women have accomplished. Las Progreseñas, or the women of El Progreso are the foundations of their communities.  They are the teachers, mothers, nurturers, and fighters for future of this town.

We wheatpasted 50 black and white portraits of these incredible women the third week of March of 2012, knowing the first week of April is “Semana Santa,” Holy Week or Spring Break, when many people coming from out side cities and even internationally pass through El Progreso to get to the coastal beach towns.  We figured this would be the best time to take advantage of the heavy traffic so more people will have the possibility of seeing this project.

— 1 year ago with 12 notes
#honduras  #women  #art  #street art  #Alicia Reyes McNamara  #Kat Burdine  #portraits 

Race, gender and sexuality are important concepts in your work. Can you talk about how these concepts inform your art practice? 
As a queer person of colour, I am fascinated by how others construct their identities and how it manifests in other people’s bodies. I have a sense of how it manifests in my life and I am interested in exploring that in my work, but I suppose I am fascinated by how other people do that – perform their gender and their race and whether its important to them or not. Gender and sexuality were my first strong interests before realising as each work shed a skin, there were other things that were present in each work. My fascination was with human bodies and peeling away the surface, or puncturing the surface to find out what’s inside.

via Interview with Owen Leong | Peril magazine

Race, gender and sexuality are important concepts in your work. Can you talk about how these concepts inform your art practice?

As a queer person of colour, I am fascinated by how others construct their identities and how it manifests in other people’s bodies. I have a sense of how it manifests in my life and I am interested in exploring that in my work, but I suppose I am fascinated by how other people do that – perform their gender and their race and whether its important to them or not. Gender and sexuality were my first strong interests before realising as each work shed a skin, there were other things that were present in each work. My fascination was with human bodies and peeling away the surface, or puncturing the surface to find out what’s inside.

via Interview with Owen Leong | Peril magazine

— 2 years ago with 5 notes
#owen leong  #portraits  #LGBTI  #art  #queer art  #embodiment  #QPOC 
Sistahs 2003. Zanele Muholi. 

Her photographs offer a view from the inside, a personal perspective on the challenges facing black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the (South African) townships and other communities. via Michael Stevenson gallery

Whole of Muholi’s Only Half the Picture exhibition at linked gallery. Much NSFW content: erotic nudes, hate crime survivor scars, periods etc.

Sistahs 2003. Zanele Muholi.

Her photographs offer a view from the inside, a personal perspective on the challenges facing black lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in the (South African) townships and other communities. via Michael Stevenson gallery

Whole of Muholi’s Only Half the Picture exhibition at linked gallery. Much NSFW content: erotic nudes, hate crime survivor scars, periods etc.

— 2 years ago with 11 notes
#LGBTI  #africa  #art  #portraits  #photography  #queer  #lesbian 
sisterwolf:

Yasumasa Morimura - An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring), 2001

sisterwolf:

Yasumasa Morimura - An Inner Dialogue with Frida Kahlo (Hand Shaped Earring), 2001

(via guerrillamamamedicine)

— 2 years ago with 60 notes
#art  #Yasumasa Morimura  #frida kahlo  #self insert  #portraits 
(via Soody Sharifi • Artist, Photographer - Houston, TX)
'Hey! Listen' from Sharifi's Teenagers series. View her more recent multimedia works here.

(via Soody Sharifi • Artist, Photographer - Houston, TX)

'Hey! Listen' from Sharifi's Teenagers series. View her more recent multimedia works here.

— 2 years ago with 12 notes
#youth  #art  #Islam  #Soody Sharifi  #girlhood  #portraits  #photography 
garconniere:

halfmongrel:

Tomoko Sawada, ID400 (#1-100) (detail), 1998-2001, 100 gelatin silver prints, 50 x 39 1/4 inches, Edition of 15 via Zabriskie Gallery

amazing.

garconniere:

halfmongrel:

Tomoko Sawada, ID400 (#1-100) (detail), 1998-2001, 100 gelatin silver prints, 50 x 39 1/4 inches, Edition of 15 via Zabriskie Gallery

amazing.

— 3 years ago with 207 notes
#photobooth  #portraits  #black and white  #Tomoko Sawada  #art  #hair 
via Mi Pelo Largo Querido : Irina Werning - Photographer
Patagonia, from Werning’s ‘Loved my long hair’ series of portraits of anonymous South American women displaying their long hair. 

via Mi Pelo Largo Querido : Irina Werning - Photographer

Patagonia, from Werning’s ‘Loved my long hair’ series of portraits of anonymous South American women displaying their long hair. 

— 3 years ago with 18 notes
#symbolism!!  #hair  #portraits  #femininity  #latinas  #Irinia Werning  #art  #photography  #pony as female libidinal metaphor 
via BACK TO THE FUTURE : Irina Werning - Photographer
Wernings’ statement on the Back to the Future series:

I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

Looks like she’s doing another series in 2011 from the site. 

via BACK TO THE FUTURE : Irina Werning - Photographer

Wernings’ statement on the Back to the Future series:

I love old photos. I admit being a nosey photographer. As soon as I step into someone else’s house, I start sniffing for them. Most of us are fascinated by their retro look but to me, it’s imagining how people would feel and look like if they were to reenact them today… A few months ago, I decided to actually do this. So, with my camera, I started inviting people to go back to their future.

Looks like she’s doing another series in 2011 from the site. 

— 3 years ago with 48 notes
#portraits  #photography  #reenactment  #irina werning  #art  #time 
CALLOUT: Arlene TextaQueen's A to Z book →

I’m on the look out for models to pose as an animal, character, creature, object or other fun thing for a new publication project of mine, a kids A to Z Book. 

A portrait session takes around 1 hour, up to 3 hours, and can be drawn at your home, my studio in Collingwood, Melbourne or other location (backdrops/backgrounds not really required). I will use your portrait as a basis for a scenario that frames your character in your chosen letter. For example, models Warren and Poss have already posed together as two hotdogs squirting each other with sauce to form the letter ‘H’ (sample at  www.flickr.com/photos/textaqueen). A little verse for each letter scenario will accompany illustrations that I intend to be kid-friendly but cheeky as heck. 

Preferably YOU come up with your letter, character and scenario (some letters are already spoken for), including your costume! Of course I can help with ideas and I can’t sew very well but I can staple and sticky tape ok. I’m imagining some of you have some amazing performance, halloween or dress up number you can appropriate. And I’ll use my texta magic to work the creases out. You don’t need a backdrop, because I can make it up.

I’m based in Melbourne but visit Sydney often. I might make it to Brisbane sometime before print time, and possibly Alice Springs and Perth too.

In return for posing you’ll receive a little load of TextaQueen merchandise and, also, if I use your portrait in the publication, you will receive a copy of the book.

Please drop me a line to textasforever at gmail dot com with the subject heading ‘Alphabet!’ if you’re interested in posing, the letter you like, the character or thing you want to pose as, where you are, etc and I’ll get back to you shortly. 

I plan to draw the initial drawings from March til later in the year (publication date not set as yet).

OMG! TextaQueen is a personal favorite artist. Can I make it to Melbourne, is “F” taken [femme outfoxers]. If you’re in Brisbane, and I provide the costume, would you be up to be the Red Riding Hood to my F?

(Source: creatrixtiara)

— 3 years ago with 2 notes
#art  #superhero  #kids  #foxy  #femme  #illustration  #portraits 
Jackie T. Berlin, 2010
From Julie Fogarty’s Portraits in a Queer Time and Place  series, documenting people who occupy the social time and place discussed in Halberstams’ book.

Jackie T. Berlin, 2010

From Julie Fogarty’s Portraits in a Queer Time and Place  series, documenting people who occupy the social time and place discussed in Halberstams’ book.

— 3 years ago with 5 notes
#Julie Fogarty  #art  #queer  #photography  #Judith Halberstam  #portraits  #LGBTI