Tender Masculinities by Dr Robert Summers PhD

A Queer Feminist & Homo Esthetic Tactic ~ Tender Masculinities . This is the transcript of a paper written by Art Historian and Queer Theorist Dr Robert Summers PhD.  Presented at the American College of Art Association (CAA) 106th Annual Conference in Los Angeles, USA, February 2018   At the start, I would like to … Continue reading Tender Masculinities by Dr Robert Summers PhD

VICTORIEN BIET ON PHOTOGRAPHING CONTEMPORARY OBSESSIONS AS ACTS OF MILITANCY

. ARTIST STATEMENT My name is Victorien. I am 21 years old and for the past year I have been making artistic photographs which explore Queer themes -- the results of which have recently been exhibited in Belgium and Norway.  My art speaks above all and especially of my sexuality, in all its oddities. All … Continue reading VICTORIEN BIET ON PHOTOGRAPHING CONTEMPORARY OBSESSIONS AS ACTS OF MILITANCY

BASTIAAN MOL ON THE CHALLENGES OF SELLING MALE SENSUALITY

. Netherlands-based artist Bastiaan Mol is primarily a portrait and figurative painter.  Mol says of Balaclava.Q: " I just came across your website. Although I don`t like - and don`t want - to be obscure and hidden, I am gay, 65 , married to my man already 14 years. I also am a queer artist.  About … Continue reading BASTIAAN MOL ON THE CHALLENGES OF SELLING MALE SENSUALITY

ZACHARY Z. HANDLER ON QUEERING THE STILL LIFE ~ ZEVEL / זֶבֶל 

. Biography . Zachary Z. Handler (b. 1980 Silver Spring, MD) is a visual artist exploring the on-going narrative of the different forms that queerness can inhabit and the social expectations that lie behind it. Handler celebrates the distinct and beautiful strangeness that othered people possess.  . . In addition to his artistic practice, Handler … Continue reading ZACHARY Z. HANDLER ON QUEERING THE STILL LIFE ~ ZEVEL / זֶבֶל 

LEON MCCUTCHEON ON ICONIFICATION

. Introducing Minnesota (USA) based activist and artist Leon McCutcheon.  Balaclava.Q proudly presents selected works from their portrait series.  Painted in their own distinctive, expressive and honest style, McCutcheon boldly captures those around him.  McCutcheon references the portrait above to explain some of his technique and process, namely how he chooses to experiment with colour. "I … Continue reading LEON MCCUTCHEON ON ICONIFICATION

BOBAN KULESKI ON ART AS SOCIAL EXPERIMENT

. Boban Kuleski-Czajkowicz lives in Adliswil, Switzerland and graduated in 2015 from the University of St. Kiril and Metodij (Skopje, Macedonia).  Along with his theatre qualification Kuleski has taken part in various lectures, conferences and festivals locally and internationally (Germany, Austria, Poland and Serbia).   During and after his studies Kuleski took part in alternative … Continue reading BOBAN KULESKI ON ART AS SOCIAL EXPERIMENT

BRETT KAUFMAN ON CONSTRUCTING QUEER BIOGRAPHIES

. Brett Kaufman is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is inspired by the numerous biographies he has read over the years.  His attempt to take the essence of a particular reading and transform that person's story into a visual dialog has resulted in his ongoing series of surrealist portraits.  . . Brett's work is created using one … Continue reading BRETT KAUFMAN ON CONSTRUCTING QUEER BIOGRAPHIES

Paul DeFlorian and The Inflatable Gentlemen

Introducing Austrian-born, Berlin based artist Paul DeFlorian. DeFlorian has kindly contributed selected works produced between 2013 - 2019, however, I have decided to open the DeFlorian's feature with his THE INFLATABLE GENTLEMEN series. I think you will agree that this series is intriguing, subtle, beautiful, and -- really quite profound, especially from a homo-perspective. DeFlorian's … Continue reading Paul DeFlorian and The Inflatable Gentlemen

FRANÇOIS HARRAY & THE ROLE OF ART IN TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA

Artist Statement . . Once upon a time [Q] is a queer homo (erotic) photographic diversion questioning social roles that draws inspiration from the history of art and from the contemporary era.  It explores social and religious determinism, gender issues, political correctness, and a simplistic heteronormative view of society.  It is an empirical study that claims otherness, … Continue reading FRANÇOIS HARRAY & THE ROLE OF ART IN TACKLING HOMOPHOBIA