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Proof

B. Anele, Brit, Daniel Marin Medina, Jaik Puppyteeth, Jay Barry, JP Huckins, Kellen Chasuk, Pace Taylor, Paradise Khanmalek, Reid Moffatt, San Mahe, and Shanee Benjamin

Disjecta Contemporary Art Space

SHOW STATEMENT

an illustration-specific exhibition with work and ephemera for sale, a salon-style show that crosses the line.

The word illustration comes from the action 'to illuminate' or β€˜to clarify.’ In other words, to show proof. The exhibition Proof. Brings together makers who use a diverse array of line and gesture that lands on the the 2-dimensional paper plane as a re-imagined proof of being. Many of the works include figural pieces or references to the body -- in a time when visibly queer folks are being attacked in the streets of Portland by violent hate groups, is it any surprise that queer artists return to the body as a point of activation, exploration, deconstruction, and growth? Beyond looking toward the body, these illustrators also look from it -- at the world from their own perspectives. What is seen around them: cars, plants, the architecture and spaces they occupy -- these are the things that prove to them that they are here. The subjects that these illustrators choose are mirrors of their reality expressed in a myriad of versatile illustrative mediums. Each of these artists have been included in this exhibition for their unique styles and approach to reimagining and asserting queer realities.

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