Logan Fox is known for his teaching, but 20 years ago he was known for doing purposefully controversial paintings. In 1990 he received a grant which was partially funded by the NEA. Mr. Fox decided to sign the famous contract that internationally acclamied performance artists, Rachel Rosenthal and John Fleck, also his familiars, refused to sign because the artist was admonished not to paint anything "lewd, lascivious, or homoerotic". He then defiantly included gay pornography in every painting during the grant period.
When "Sanctified Through Sacrilege" premiered at The Weathered Wall Gallery in Seattle, Washington in 1992 it caused such a sensation the the local TV channel seven news dedicated a segment to it comparing Mr. Fox's style and imagery to that of famous gay erotic art photographer, Robert Maplethorpe. Bellingham, Washington's, The Morning News Tribune, proclaimed Mr. Fox as, "A painter for his time".
However, the comparison with Maplethorpe's gay imagery is at best an approximation since the "gay" images in Fox's works are less about gay issues (Fox is heterosexual) than about the psychic realities of the artist as he struggles against belief systems, societal mindsets, which impede self-realization. Fox depicts this struggle in a series of self-portraits, in his quest for a personal vision which may illuminate universal human truths.
As Fox's journey has progressed since 1990, his paintings have multiplied. Some of the most striking were included in his 1999 Master's Thesis. Now after another ten years, Flazh!Alley Art Studio presents "Sanctified Through Sacrilege" consisting of never exhibited paintings in addition to those from the original Weathered Wall Gallery exhibition in 1992.
The only public receptions will be on San Pedro's 1st Thursdays Art Walk Nights, October 1 & November 5, 2009 from 7-11 PM ADULTS ONLY (18 and over) "Sanctified Through Sacrilege" can also be seen by appointment. Please call, 310.833.3633 or firstname.lastname@example.org