Visual Art Center, University of Texas Austin
Sept 9-Nov 5, 2011
Curated by Noah Simblist with David Willburn
Queer State(s) explores the ways in which Texas artists queer gender identity and the performance of sexuality through visual representation. The term queer is not meant to be literal, as in any gay artist in Texas, but rather it is meant to refer to gay and even straight artists that engage queer sexuality in their work. Queer here is meant to refer to a kind of sexuality or gender identity that resists easy classification and exists in a more ambiguous way.
The artists included in the exhibition question how artists participate in the performance of queer bodies through video, performance, photography, painting and sculpture. These artists that have various relationships to Texas. Some were born here and live elsewhere. Some are from elsewhere and are recent transplants, and some passed through for various reasons. This show queers even state identity in a region that still has a fraught and evolving relationship with LGBT culture.
Otis Ike and Ivete Lucas
Wura Natasha Ogunji