JJ Levine, Queer Portraits, Main Gallery, April 17 – May 23, 2014

The next exhibition in Harcourt’s Main Gallery is, Queer Portraits, a solo show from Montreal based artists, JJ Levine. The work featured in this exhibition comes from an ongoing series of large-scale colour photographs of the artist’s community in Montreal.

Artist Talk: Thursday April 17, 2014: 7:30pm

Opening: Thursday April 17, 2014: 8-10pm

Exhibition dates: April 17 – May 23, 2014

'Johnny', JJ Levine, 2013

‘Johnny’, JJ Levine, 2013

Below is the artist statement for this series:

This project captures the complex emotional relationships that I have with my friends, lovers, and siblings. My work explores issues surrounding gender, sexuality, and queer space. Each portrait is taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours, and often discursive backgrounds. Using professional lighting and a medium format film camera, I create a studio within each home environment, and intentionally place every piece of furniture and object that appears within the frame. These settings are intended to raise questions regarding private queer space as a realm for the development of community and the expression of genders and sexualities that are often marginalized within the public sphere. I am also interested in exploring the relationship between photographer and subject. My work exposes the strong element of trust that exists between myself and my friends as they appear in each photograph. Through these portraits of queer and trans people in my life, I explore my own identity as a genderqueer artist. I am interested in expressing fierceness, beauty, and resistance through the confrontational gaze of my subjects and the aesthetic of my queer culture. This goal underlies the intent of this photographic series, and my work as a whole.

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