SUBVERSIVE EXHIBITION CLOSING RECEPTION!
Please join us for the closing reception of Subversive, presented by Art for Change. This group art exhibition guest curated by Ryan Joseph, featuring artworks by Joseph Borzotta, Gerard Gaskin, Monty Leman, Ryan Joseph, and Jessica Rosen, explores the seemingly “benevolent” appeal of subcultures, and points out parallels that exist among the subcultures of Burlesque, Ball Society, Roller Derby, Lucha Libre, among others. Artists examine alternative conceptions of "masculinity" and "femininity" in spaces that redefine the role of gender and sexuality in a hetero-normative society, and how these subcultures relate to each other and sociopolitical movements, and influence mainstream attitudes and culture. Joseph Borzatta’s paintings express the religious iconic aura attributed to Mexico's Lucha Libre wrestling, an inherent form of family entertainment laden with spectacle, sex appeal, costumes, music, acrobatics, and masks are passed down by revered “luchadores” wrestlers as a family tradition. Gerard Gaskin’s large-scale photos capture an intimate and personal look at the underworld of Ball Society, encompassing pageantry on the surface, yet building of families and identities underneath, girls born as boys and vice versa, underworld ridden with dignity, courage, pride, and beauty, and ironic dichotomy of tensions – seen and hidden, dark and light; challenging perceptions of what we “see”. Monty Leman’s photography is a glimpse of live burlesque performance in New York reflecting his own integral relationship within the East Village night life scene. Ryan Joseph’s work highlights the Roller Derby arena as a space to escape from gender stereotypes for a mainstream clientele. Jessica Rosen’s photographic series explores transgender sex workers living and working together in Rio de Janeiro, how sex appeal is sold, and the ways in which codified behavior reflects larger cultural values regarding gender and sexual identity.
For more information on the exhibition or artists, please visit www.subversiveart.net, or contact curator Ryan Joseph at email@example.com or 917-519-0091. For more information on Art for Change, please visit www.artforchange.org, or contact Alyssa Fridgen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-804-8336.