Scott Treleaven

"Scott Treleaven draws the occult influences that underpin punk mythology to construct utopias of youth and sexual exploration. His photographs and lavish images expel a sense of passion and loss, episodes in a mystical baroque romance.

Chiyogami floral motifs, piles of skulls, low-res photographs of hooded figures and shirtless punk boys float over soft fields of watercolour. His work often embodies the call to the unknown lover –an object of Treleaven’s graphic soliloquy, a powerful conjure of queer, punk, magick and the occult.
The angry idealism that marks the social and spiritual base of punk sub-culture forms the core oeuvre of Scott Treleaven. In the late 1990s the Toronto born artist and filmmaker launched his project This is the Salivation Army, a series of zines and a film that built an international community of queer kids (amongst others) through an underground network."

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René Capone

Why do we Love Art?

"Why do we Love art? Joseph Campbell once said, "When one views a fortunately composed work of art- it speaks to the order in your own life." For me that means when the composition is right and tone is on point, there starts to be a cluster of magic there and that 2-D surface becomes a mirror to your own soul. 

The artist can live next door or a million miles away but the mirror they created is always open for you to reflect upon or in. I like art that reminds me of who I am or who I want to become."

René Capone es un pintor figurativo bien conocido por su representación espontánea de la homosexualidad y temas eróticos. Su trabajo ha llamado la anteción en varios lugares del mundo. Capone nació en Niskayuna, Nueva York, uno de cuatro hermanos y no tiene ninguna relación con el mafioso Al Capone. Aunque él piensa que sería muy cool. Asistió a la Escuela de Diseño Parsons en Manhattan con una beca de mérito artístico. Al terminar la carrera en el 2000 se trasladó a San Francisco, donde reside actualmente. Los coleccionistas privados de la obra de Capone se pueden encontrar en los Estados Unidos, Canadá, Suecia, Inglaterra, Francia, Japón y los Países Bajos. En 2007 Capone reveló que fue víctima de abuso infantil. Ese mismo año René comenzó a trabajar en la serie "The Hedgehog Boy" (El chico erizo) como manera de curar y tratar con el trauma mental grave de ese abuso. Con su trabajo actual le gustaría capacitar a los niños víctimas de abusos de cualquier edad que se destacan por derecho por sí mismos, amarsen unos a otros y que se atrevan a mejorar lo que el mundo les dio. Divide su tiempo creativo entre novelas gráficas y los cuadros de figuras que lo hicieron famoso. Autopublicó "The Legend of Hedgehog Boy: book 1" en 2008 y luego siguió con "La leyenda del chico erizo : Libro 2" en 2010. La conclusión de su historia la ha completado en el libro 3. Otros logros a destacar incluyen la publicación: Stripped: The Illustrated Hombre de Bruno Gmunder. Su trabajo ha sido presentado en la revista XY, Azul, Joey, Y & A, además de ser ofrecido ampliamente en la World Wide Web.

Rene Capone is a figure painter well known for his depiction of whimsical, homosexual, and erotic themes; often used together. His work has drawn global notice. Capone was born in Niskayuna, New York, one of four children and is of no relation to mobster Al Capone. Although he thinks that would be very cool. He attended the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan on scholarship for artistic merit. Upon completion in 2000, he moved to San Francisco where he currently resides. Private collectors of Capone's work can be found in the United States of America, Canada, Sweden, England, France, Japan, and the Netherlands. In 2007 Capone came out as being a victim of severe childhood abuse. That same year Rene started working on "The Hedgehog Boy" series as way to heal and deal with severe mental trauma from that abuse. With his current work he would like to empower abused children of any age to rightfully stand up for themselves, love one another and dare to be better than what the world gave them. He splits his creative time between graphic novels and the figure paintings that made him famous. He self published "The Legend of Hedgehog Boy: book 1" in 2008 and then followed it up with "The Legend of Hedgehog Boy: Book 2" in 2010. With the conclusion of his story now complete in book 3 he is actively seeking away to bring his completed vision into the broader publishing world. Other publishing achievements include: Stripped: The Illustrated Male from Bruno Gmunder. His work has been featured in XY magazine, Blue, Joey, Y&A, as well as being featured widely over the World Wide Web.


Amos Badertscher

Amos Badertscher (American, born 1936)

"Amos Badertscher is a self-taught photographer whose primary subjects are the young hustlers living on the fringes of his hometown, Baltimore, MD. Baltimore retained the working class, heterosexual hustling subculture of the pre-Stonewall era long after most American cities—a fast disappearing scene here often tied to various forms of drug abuse. The world that Badertscher photographs is brittle; his stark images made even more so by the incisive biographical narratives of his subjects that he often pens onto the photographs themselves. In many cases, Badertscher also records his own participation in the photography sessions, resulting in images that blur the distinction not only between the photographer and the model but also of the observer and the observed. The subject of a landmark exhibition at the Duke University Museum of Art, his work has been published in a catalog entitled Baltimore Portraits.
Badertscher has donated his life's work to the Leslie-Lohman Museum."

Vía: www.leslielohman.org

Publisher's Description:

"Baltimore Portraits is a unique presentation of photographs by Amos Badertscher. These portraits—many accompanied by poignantly revealing, hand-written narratives about their subjects—represent a sector of Baltimore that has gone largely unnoticed and rarely has been documented. In this volume, the assemblage of images of bar and street people—transvestites, strippers, drug addicts, drag queens, and hustlers—spans a twenty-year period from the mid-1970s to the mid-1990s. Badertscher’s arresting and melancholy photographs document a culture that has virtually disappeared due to substance abuse, AIDS, and, often, societal or family neglect.

The photographer’s focus on content rather than on elaborate technique reveals the intensely personal—and, indeed, autobiographical—nature of his portraits. Their simplicity along with the text’s intimacy affects the viewer in ways not easily forgotten. An introduction by Tyler Curtain contextualizes the photographs both within the history of Baltimore and its queer subculture and in relationship to contemporaneous work by photographers Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Cindy Sherman, Duane Michaels, and others. Curtain also positions the underlying concerns of Bardertscher’s art in relation to gay and lesbian cultural politics.

This striking collection of portraits, along with the photographer’s moving text, will impact not only a general audience of photographers and enthusiasts of the art but also those engaged with gay and lesbian studies, queer theory, and cultural studies in general. It is published in association with the Duke University Museum of Art."