+obias & +isms in Art

+obias & +isms in Art

July 8 – August 30,  2019

The Great Room Gallery | Gallery Hours: Tue. – Thr., 3:00 – 6:00p
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Have


In +obias & +isms in Art, convening partners #BlackLivesMatter New Haven, Nasty Women Connecticut, and the New Haven Pride Center collaborate to present a multi-artist exhibition that explores the +obias and +isms that affect people of colour, women, and the LGBTQQIP2sAA community everyday. Join us in this collaborative demonstration of the cross-sectionality of systematic oppression and challenges in our society.

This is a multi-artist showcase of Connecticut minority artists that include LGBTQ+ artists. This exhibit is co-curated by Luciana Q. McClure and Patrick J Dunn.


Opening Reception | Monday, July 8, 6:00p



Read the review of the exhibit in The Arts Paper: Pride Center Checks Its +Obias At The Door


About the Artists

Sue Czark

New Haven CT based Designer, Sue Czark (She/Her), has been an artist for as long as she can remember, although majority of her time, since the 1980s, has been spent as a graphic designer. Czark lived in Bridgeport and exhibited in the City Lights Gallery, particularly the same-sex galleries. She hopes that this exhibit will be something that members of the LGBTQ+ community can relate to and use it to spark discussion.

Arienne Davey

Arienne Davey (she/her) has been creating photographs for a little over 25 years. She has shot from below sea level, snorkeling with sea lions in the Galapagos, to the ruins of Machu Picchu at almost 8,000 feet. On the spur of the moment in 2009, she decided to go to the Obama Inauguration. It was so amazing that eight years later she went to the Trump Inauguration to compare experiences. Holding a camera gave Arienne a sense of empowerment that she didn’t otherwise possess, allowing her to move through the thick crowds with ease. The protestors suddenly became much more interesting to follow than the supporters. She spent hours photographing the various groups of protestors outside of the gates to the Inauguration area and then attended the Women’s March the next day as well as numerous protests and rallies since. She believes that documenting these protests will be an important reminder for future generations that “the people united will never be defeated” (César Chávez).

Ileana Dumitriu

Nature and people are a constant inspiration to me. I like to explore nature’s textures, colors and patterns but lately my major focus is on the figurative. The portrait is a subject that fascinates me  and trying to capture the essence of a person is the most challenging but also the most rewarding. I start my process with  hand drawing sketches of my subject that later get translated on canvas or paper and evolve into the final portrait. I never know exactly what the final product will look like, it’s rather a process, a transformation, a journey. I am working in various media including pencil drawing, acrylics, watercolors, collage and digital media. The artists that I admire and inspire me the most are: Egon Schiele, Odillon Redon, Georgia O’Keeffe and Yayoi Kusama.

Tony Ferraiolo

Tony Ferraiolo (he/him) is a Life Coach who has dedicated himself to promoting competent and respectful health care for the transgender community by educating providers, advocating on behalf of patients, and training educators on providing a safe and respectful space for transgender children in a school environment. Tony is also the subject of the award-winning documentary A Self-Made Man and the author of the book series Artistic Expressions of Transgender Youth.

Stephanie Lush-Mastriano

Stephanie Lush-Mastriano (she/her) is on a journey as an artist, exploring the divine and the sublime both in nature and manmade constructs acknowledging and channeling subconscious messages. Perpetuating and extrapolating on popular culture and symbolism, Lush incorporates the use of logos, iconography, and spiritualism. She is connecting historical influences with present day modernity and how our daily lives have influenced and will effect our future environment. By incorporating found objects and recycled materials as well as public art projects and social experimentation, the ultimate goal is provoking thought and creating conversation leading to greater awareness and perplexity.  Lush is making connections through art as a way to bring people together.  She also honors and respects the need to be able to take respite, meditate, and create as a way for inner reflection and growth.

Aly Maderson Quinlog

Aly Maderson Quinlog (she/her) is a dynamic multi-disciplinary/multi-media artist, poet, and art educator. Aly grew up near Charleston, SC and attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC for a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography which they received in 2002. Xer photographic work has been exhibited worldwide.  More recently xe earned a Post Baccalaureate certificate in Painting from the Lyme Academy of Arts in Old Lyme, CT and an MA in Art + Design Education from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Currently, Aly teaches workshops on alternative process photography, poetry, and book arts throughout New England.

We Are Here is an ongoing photography/zine project. This series is inspired by the statement “We are here, we are queer, get used to it”. I’m using a found Polaroid land camera (winking at Mapplethorpe, rest in power and peace) to make intimate and raw portraits of people who identify as queer. The subjects look directly at the viewer emerging from the shadows and at times slightly out of focus. Much of my process is influenced by the queer art of “failure”. I embrace the “mistake” and the “imperfect” as an attempt to disrupt the cis-hetronormative narrative. The zine of the portraits works as an accessible media for those who cannot afford to purchase original photography. Making a zine also invites those into the project who may not feel welcomed in traditional art spaces.

Jaii Marc Renee

With every stroke of the brush, Jaii Marc Renee (he/him), opens his heart to the world using the paint as his blood and canvas as his heart.

The artist known as Jaii Marc Renee was born Mark Jamale Pinckney on March 7, 1986 in Hartford CT. At the age of ten he and his single mother moved to Manchester where he has remained a member of the community ever since. He has been married to art ever since his early years of life when he began to draw cartoons for family and friends. It wasn’t until high school that he picked up a brush for the first time and it was not love at first sight.

Like almost every artist, he struggled to find his identity or “style”, as some of us call it, sporadically painting for years after his introduction to an elective, in a high school art class. Self-esteem and mental health played an adverse role, clouding the road to self-identity, but it was this same adversity that paved the way for the artist he is today. Jaii Marc used painting, as a mechanism to channel the difficult symptoms of Bipolar Depression. When his art is brought into your home, in reality, it’s his heart that you let in.

On October 14, 2018, he self-funded his first show in the heart of the Constitution State and to date he has completed approximately 50 Acrylic paintings. Using his own unique style of large canvases, black and white focal points, with a bold pop of color and a drip effect are ways to identify his virtuosity.

Jaii Marc is currently working on his next two series in which he plans on displaying to the world in his second art show sometime in the near future.

Luciana Q. McClure

Luciana McClure (she/her) is a fine art photographer, artist, educator, independent curator and a selfless advocate and motivator of social change through artistic expression, activism and community building.

Her photography work fluctuates between grey moody landscapes that explores themes of solitude, escape and wander, to melancholic foggy quiet landscapes. Her most recent body of work is about the fragmentation of the female body, representation and identity, while exploring themes of voyeurism, portraiture and objectification.

Luciana is also the founding organizer of the Nasty Women Movement in Connecticut and leads Nasty Women Connecticut. She is currently a faculty instructor of photography at Creative Arts Workshop and a Museum educator and teaching artist at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Most recently Luciana has been awarded the 2019 CT Arts Hero award through the CT Office of the Arts for her extraordinary work in the arts, for the arts, and through the arts.

Ricky Mestre

Ricky Mestre (he/him) is a multimedia artist out of the Fairfiled County area of Connecticut. He has worked primarily out of the Connecticut and Metro New York areas. Throughout the years he has exhibited his work in various galleries and museums. His influences come from his Puerto Rican culture and urban environment.

Many of his pieces also contain LGBTQ themes and issues since he is heavily involved in fighting causes and charities in that community. Ricky received his Bachelor’s degree in Illustration from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Aside from being a curator at the City Lights Gallery in Bridgeport, he also works in programming at Sound View Community Media Inc. where he has also produced his own television show and many other community projects.

You can view more about Ricky and his work on his website: www.rickymestre.com

L. Meredith Phillips

Meredith Phillips (she/her) has been a photographer for forty years but has chosen this art show to step out of her comfort zone in order to make a point. Her piece is about sexism in the art world. It was conceived as a direct response to a photograph she saw on Facebook showing sixteen quotes by famous artists. Not one of the sixteen artists chosen was female (unless Banksy is female, but we don’t know that yet). Therefore, Meredith (Merry) has created a piece containing ONLY quotes by female artists. Enjoy!

Mengxi “Althea” Rao

Interdisciplinary artist Mengxi “Althea” Rao (she/her) creates social engagement models to facilitate open and playful conversations around topics that are traditionally associated with shame and negativity, such as inherited privilege, mental illness, gender and sexuality. Her works empower individuals and help them find reconciliation with their cultures and selves. “Humans exist in the physical realm but my art does not.” Mediums Althea has explored include but are not restricted to: film and video, projection mapping, physical computing, contact improvisation, light sculpture, public space activation, rituals, and choir singing. She has lived and worked in China, Japan and the US, and received trainings in journalism and filmmaking.

Althea is currently a Social Impact Fellow at Halcyon Arts Lab. Website: https://altheamrao.myportfolio.com/ Instagram: @cloudvillle Email: althea.rao@gmail.com

Juancarlos Soto

Juancarlos Soto (he/him) is a community organizer at Planned Parenthood of Southern New England and an artist who uses his art to bring light into social justice issues and the stories that often go untold. JC as he is also known, was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Fair Haven when he was 15 attending Wilbur Cross High School and eventually graduating with a BFA from Pair College of Art in Hamden.

JC focuses his organizer work around the Latinx, Black and Brown queer community and the Immigrant rights movement. Helping to develop two annual Youth “Camps”; Young Giants a leadership development week-long summer camp focused around Youth in the Fair Haven Neighborhood and The Children of Marsha P Johnson a week-long Leadership development program focused around Black and Brown queer youth.

JC is also a founding member of the board of Puerto Ricans United, Inc. a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the Puerto Rican community through promoting education and social advancement. The organization takes great pride in celebrating Puerto Rican traditions thought community events such as a annuals Puerto Rican Festival celebrated on the downtown New Haven Green that draws thousands of participants every year.

JC’s community involvement also include proudly serving on the board of the Connecticut Bailfund, being part of Housing not Jails a group that is seeking to pass the homeless bill of rights in the City of New Haven. The New Haven Sanctuary City working group and being the Co-Chair of the Fair Haven Community Festival. JC’s art has been featured in a number of events and publications including, “Faces of DAPA”, The annual Puerto Rican Parranda events and The Arts Paper.

About the Partners

#BlackLivesMatter New Haven
#BlackLivesMatter New Haven’s mission is to demonstrate integrity through educating individuals with knowledge of laws and their rights. We are dedicated to empowering our community and strive to make an impact within our community. To build relationships on micro and macro levels; to recognize and understand the concerns of our community. To develop solutions; create a space where voices are heard on community and societal issues. To encourage organizations to come together to build and advocate for our community.
Nasty Women Connecticut

Nasty Women Connecticut is a platform for organization and resistance. We aim to remove elitism from our local art scene and empower all members of our community to participate in making and experiencing art. In so doing, we use art a vehicle of communication to unite all communities in our local area and we demonstrate solidarity in the face of threats imposed upon so many of our own neighbors by the current administration. All proceeds from Nasty Women Connecticut events benefit for our programs, workshops and initiatives.

New Haven Pride Center

The purpose of New Haven Pride Center, formerly the New Haven Gay and Lesbian Community Center, is to provide educational, cultural and social enrichment programming for the LGBTQ+ community, its allies, and members, to make a positive contribution to the entire community of Greater New Haven. The New Haven Pride Center focuses its programming into five primary areas of work. To achieve this work, the Center partners with a variety of individual activists, advocates, artists, programmers, volunteers, and community leaders, our primary areas of work are: (1) Support Services and Social Programming; (2) Arts, Culture, and Humanities Programming; (3) Youth and Educational Programming; (4) Advocacy for the LGBTQQIP2sAA Community; and (5) Resource Center and Safe Space for the LGBTQQIP2sAA Community.