Details:

This painting evokes an artifact from queer culture, a magazine cover with a "female mimic"—a fact partly celebrated by the advertising. The boldly painted and suggestive cigarette that dangles from their mouth exaggerates the element of performance that surrounds the subject.
Framed: 16.0 x 12.0 x 1.5 in.
Signed

① Artwork:

Female Mimics #3

This painting evokes an artifact from queer culture, a magazine cover announcing a "female mimic." The figure is read by the viewer as both female and other, a fact partly celebrated by the context of the magazine cover. However, there is an element of the grotesque in the presentation of this figure's portrait; their features are partly distorted, and the suggestive cigarette that dangles from their mouth exaggerates the element of performance that surrounds the subject. Part of a set of two, this work channels the work of Andy Warhol in its use of color saturation to modify an image drawn from the world of advertising.

Trained only in beauty school, Seth Bogart pushes an aesthetic that embraces camp, beauty, poignancy and excess in equal measure. The artist’s polymathic oeuvre spans music, ceramics, painting, performance and clothing design. Emerging out of the queer punk scene in the Bay Area in the late 1990s, Bogart has established himself as a strong voice in the presentation and preservation of the historical arcana of queer culture. Bogart is known for his to-scale and oversized reproductions of both cult finds and volumes by literary icons like Joan Didion, Gary Indiana, and Susan Sontag.

Specs:

9 inches
13 inches
with frame
12 inches
16 inches

③ Artist:

Seth Bogart

Seth Bogart is known for creating ceramic book sculptures, to-scale and oversized reproductions of both cult finds and volumes by literary icons, including Joan Didion, Gary Indiana and Susan Sontag. Emerging out of the queer punk scene in the Bay Area in the late 1990s, the artist’s practice encompasses music, ceramics, painting, performance and clothing design. Bogart has established himself as a strong voice in the presentation and preservation of the historical arcana of queer culture—while exploring an aesthetic that embraces camp, beauty, poignancy and excess in equal measure.

Seth Bogart:
Female Mimics #3, 2021
Ceramic, framed
13.0 × 9.0 inches /