For the cover of The Smiths' first single, Morrissey chose a photograph of a male nude taken in the early 1970s that he found while parsing a semi-art historical survey of male nudes through the ages. The cover cropped the image slightly -- something that all The Smiths' covers ended up doing -- leaving off a little of the model's thighs, and the credit to gay porn pioneer Jim French.
Bodies don't just float around; they are anchored by emotional attachments and deep anxieties. They constantly negotiate where their eyes are looking and who they're looking at. The melodrama of identification forms an opaque chain of desire: it lingers in the background, cropped from view, concealed in the service of composure. Until, that is, it breaks through, popping up in any-space, whatever.
Christopher Aque lives and works in New York. He received a BA from the University of Chicago in 2009 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2012. His work has been included in group exhibitions at The Suburban, Oak Park, IL; The Green Gallery at the Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT; and DOVA Temporary, Chicago. This is his first solo exhibition.
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PEREGRINEPROGRAM presents Homonyms (for Misfits and Outcasts) by Christopher Aque from October 7 - November 4, 2012.
An opening reception will be held Sunday, October 7, from 4 - 6:30 pm.