7.26.2018

Louis Fratino





















































































































































"....They show fragmented narrative moments that hint at larger stories and contexts, but also ground the viewer in a particular time and place.  Sexuality is a prominent theme within the subject matter, but it is tackled honestly and beautifully, evoking tenderness and intimacy.  Painting loving and erotic scenes between men, Fratino pushes the viewer to gaze beyond the immediate homosexual subject, challenging the limits of social understandings of homosexuality and emphasizing the relationships, lives, and narratives that underscore the gay experience.  
Louis Fratino is currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY and received his BFA in Painting with Concentration in Illustration from Maryland Institute College of Art.  He completed the Yale Norfolk Painting Fellowship at Yale Summer School of Art and Music and most recently a Fulbright Research Fellowship in Painting in Berlin, Germany.  Fratino is represented by Thierry Goldberg Gallery, included recently in a three person show Chase / Fratino / Lee earlier this year, following a solo exhibition at the gallery in 2016. "






7.02.2018

Boston Elements




























































































"I’m that lint covered starburst that shed its wrapper in your pockets under all the pressure." -Boston
"Boston" is a queer artist hailing from the Midwest (b. Indiana,1987), currently residing in Santa Barbara. Frustrated by the shame surrounding natural sexuality, he seeks to familiarize the world with passion's innocence. Inspired by the artful depiction of the male form & a playful take on modern romance. Using a fusion of new words, borrowed images, and old school technology, Boston hopes to use “low” culture production to elevate marginalized voices. Utilizing ultra glam aesthetics, he explores themes of masculinity in excess and objectification in extreme.



4.12.2018

Gail Thacker








Mark Morrisroe in Bed, 1989




















































































Photo: Self portrait 1995. Photography Gail Thacker.



“I am not a photographer,” Gail Thacker insists. “I am a painter who discovered a medium that has a soul with painterly effects.” Her love affair with the camera took off in 1989 when a dear friend, the photographer and performance artist Mark Morrisroe, gifted her with a box of Polaroid 665 Positive/Negative film. It was three years after he had been diagnosed with AIDS, and he was able to see some of Thacker’s early Polaroids before he passed away later that same year. He was thirty years old.
Thacker’s unusual process began when she left some of her un-rinsed Polaroids wrapped in plastic. The chemicals distorted the images, and they reconfigured themselves. Suddenly, apparitions, specters, ghosts, black holes, and constellations appeared over the surface of people’s faces and bodies. She followed a similar routine for decades, storing the film under her mattress, in closets, all over the place–sometimes for years before printing. As the art historian Jonathan David Katz puts it, her pictures were allowed to “age and cook in their own chemicals.”