Jaime Cortez and Truong Tran
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Jaime Cortez' Self Evident celebrates the classically beautiful and eminently imperfect, the empowered and the abject, expressed in the uniquely contemporary form of self-portraiture, the selfie. Scouring men's online sex ads-expressions of self, desire, and possibility-that both reveal and conceal, Cortez has transformed the throw-away images into acutely rendered photorealistic drawings. Aware of his position as voyeur, Cortez pairs these drawings with his own self-portraits, both photographic and sculptural; like the subjects of his drawings, his own body is rendered alien and vulnerable, and fallibly heroic.
With Framed Targets, Truong Tran investigates his own experience of San Francisco in our collective moment; as a gay man of color he is situated in a complex and contradictory position of feeling both invisible in the face of a growing demographic of mostly younger, mostly white and straight techies, and a target of the same economic forces driving this social transformation. Inserting himself in the stream of discarded materials, Tran has gathered and transformed throwaways into a series of sculptural targets that remind the viewer of a minimalist painting while dashing easy comparison by both disrupting and suffusing them with contemporary technologies and personal references, which together aim to queer the consciousness of contemporary art.
EVENT DETAILS AND DESCRIPTIONS
• PANEL DISCUSSION: Whatchu Gonna Do With All That Junk?
Friday, MARCH 6, 6:00-7:30PM
with Jaime Cortez, Truong Tran, Pato Hebert, and Deirdre Visser
• EXHIBITION RECEPTION: Friday, MARCH 6, 7:30-10:00PM
• PANEL DISCUSSION: How to DisAppear
Saturday, MARCH 7, 7:00-9:00PM
with Jaime Cortez, Truong Tran, Rebekah Edwards, and Deirdre Visser
• CLOSING EVENT, April 11 Time TBD
with Jaime Cortez, Truong Tran and emerging scholars and artists