ECCE HOMO continues in Gallery 2 with a group exhibition featuring eight artists who have carried forward the lessons of Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt’s distinctly gay sensibility in the decades following his emergence onto the New York scene. The works featured here focus on gay sensibility vis-à-vis materials and process rather than literal representations of homoeroticism. ARCH CONNELLY’s (1950-1993) signature pearl-encrusted sculptures of the 1980s celebrate beauty, glamour, material excess and camp sensibility in their unapologetic embrace of the decorative. His language of divine excess is echoed in the richly encrusted mixed-media paintings of CHRISTOPHER TANNER, whose highly theatrical performance work is literally and figuratively reflected in the constant play between the viewer and his sequin and jewel-encrusted surfaces. TONY FEHER’s glittering abstract forms made from deconstructed commercial packaging celebrate the beauty of commonplace objects, silently evoking familiar forms. The luminous photo-weavings of HUNTER REYNOLDS are metaphorical portraits that reflect the artist’s own journey of love and loss, recalling the community-based tradition of quilting. OLIVER HERRING’s ethereal woven Mylar sculptures from the 1990s underscore the fragility of life and the relationship between objects and memory, in silent homage to drag legend and performance artist Ethyl Eichelberger (1945-1990). NAYLAND BLAKE’s mixed media sculptures point to the intersections of race and sexuality through a decidedly abstract handling of found materials. Artist and transsexual GREER LANKTON’s (1958-1996) haunting doll sculptures give further dimension to the articulation of gay aesthetics in their exploration of (trans)gender and identity, fashion and glamour. CHRISTIAN HOLSTAD represents a new generation of artists who continue to expand the aesthetic and material boundaries of gay sensibility in visceral works that celebrate the transformative power of art to turn “trash” into treasure.