Paul P.'s work references images from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as well as gay erotic magazines and transforms them into nuanced portraits. The archival material dates from around the time of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village in 1969 until the advent of the AIDS crisis.
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Paul P. creates drawings and paintings that reimagine found erotic photographs of young men, placing them into a 19th-century aesthetic tradition. His practice also encompasses abstract landscapes and sculptural furniture. Born in Canada and working in Toronto, P. uses images from the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives as well as gay erotic magazines, transforming them into pieces that address transience, desire, cataloging and notation.
This watercolor exceeds stereotypical depictions of queerness by transforming an archival image into a nuanced portrait.More
- Framed: 13.5 x 11.0 x 1.5 in.