wildeabandon: photo of me with wavy hair and gold lipstick (Default)
Sebastian ([personal profile] wildeabandon) wrote2017-05-15 10:25 am

Queer Art

On Saturday I feel as though I managed to get a good couple of months worth of queer art into one day. I met up with [personal profile] hjdoom, and first we went to the Jo Brocklehurst exhibition which was showing at the House of Illustration near Kings Cross. I'd never heard of her until [personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait mentioned the exhibition last week, but a quick look at the website suggested it would be very much my sort of thing, and indeed it was. I particularly enjoyed the thread of genderfuckery which ran through so much of her work, as well as the vivid intensity of the colours, and the evocation of a world that I was just a bit too young to be part of, but always felt I should have inhabited. This was its last weekend, but if it goes on tour then I wholeheartedly recommend it.

We then headed south to the Tate Britain to see Queer British Art, 1861-1967. As you'd expect from a hundred years of different artists, this was more variable in both theme and quality than the Brocklehurst. I found it really interesting seeing how what could be made explicit and what had to be coded changed throughout the years (although unsurprisingly given the times, there was always more of the latter). In particular, I liked that a lot of the 19th century art were very obviously homoerotic to a modern audience, but weren't seen as such at the time. [personal profile] hjdoom made the remark that it was nice to see how much of the art had a quietly domestic focus - this particularly stood out in the work of the Bloomsbury set, and made a pleasing contrast to the stereotypes of their wildly bohemian lifestyles.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Default)

[personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait 2017-05-16 11:36 am (UTC)(link)
Oh I'm so glad you got to go. I was standing n the exhibit going 'Sebastian would love this' and then got shy about recommending directly.
ghoti_mhic_uait: (Default)

[personal profile] ghoti_mhic_uait 2017-05-16 01:00 pm (UTC)(link)
:) I'm really glad. ANd I should get over my strange hangups (easier said than done, I know), because really, everyone likes 'I saw this cool thing and thought of you', right?