Erotic Love: Exploring LGBTQ+ Art
February 12 – 28, 2018
The Great Room Gallery
New Haven Pride Center, 84 Orange Street, New Haven
The Center’s Erotic Love: Exploring LGBTQ+ Erotic Art, is a multi-artist exhibit that is meant to explore the LGBTQ+ eroticism during the month of love, February.
Erotic art covers any artistic work that is intended to evoke erotic arousal or that depicts scenes of love-making. In this exhibit, the Center looks to explore and highlight the many ways in which LGBTQ+ individuals show affection and explore erotica.
Opening Reception | Monday, February 12
About the Artists
An anonymous Connecticut artist has donated several of his works to be displayed, and sold, during this exhibit in the hopes of supporting the New Haven Pride Center’s programming.
This collection of 7 works use bold colors with white outlines to explore the male body in an erotic style.
The act of painting for me is a voyage. I don’t always know where it will take me, and navigating from blank canvas to completed work can be a stormy emotional journey. I have some basic outline, some goal I want to achieve in the painting, but the canvas can get as deep as the oceans I often paint. Playing with the lighting and color of a painting is my joy. The opportunity to show my work in public has been my dream. What I know about painting is mostly self-taught in the last few years.
But being a painter was not always my goal in life. I earned a B.S. and 3rd Mate’s license at SUNY Maritime College. I have been painting with acrylics since I was a teenager, and was introduced to oil paint in Drawing/Painting class in college. I sailed on ships for 2 years and travelled the world, before working at United Product Tankers in 2011 in Connecticut. It was during this time I truly discovered myself, finding that my talents were better suited in the visual art world, than in business.
I found I enjoy painting the ocean in storm, using my experience on ships as a foundation and the visions from Aivazovsky and Turner as inspiration. Much can be done expressing emotion and mood through the sea. The aqueous nature of things always shifting: the simultaneous reflection, refraction, and transparency of the deep ocean or a silk dress. Like in my representative work Bad Day At Sea II, bringing the colors and shades together seemed natural. I was in a hopeless and turbulent mood that week. The parts of the water underneath the sun had to be redone in order to get the proper shade of turquoise. The details of the shadowed areas were ignored in favor of drawing the eyes to the center, where the most fluid and beautiful light/color interaction takes place, and the most dangerous waves.
Maxwell is a young Connecticut native artist living in Monroe. He first discovered his love of art after graduating high school when he saw the film , “ Basquiat”. He has since over the years taken a liking to the works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. He considers himself an expressionist more than anything and prefers digital art because it feels more suited for the social media age.
Selection of Prints from On the Inside
In a nation that incarcerates more people than any other country in the world, LGBTQ prisoners face a greater risk of physical and sexual victimization. They are more likely to experience assault and abuse by corrections officers as well as other prisoners, and less likely to have support from family and friends on the outside due to their sexuality or gender identity. Behind bars, their identities are stripped away and they become just another number in the system.
On the Inside is a group show of LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated. The exhibition was originally held at the Abrons Art Center in New York between November 5th and December 28th, 2016 and was the culmination of a multi-year project conceived of by Tatiana von Furstenberg in collaboration with Black and Pink. The project started with a small ad in the Black and Pink newsletter, a monthly publication filled with prisoner-generated content. Ignited and inspired by this call for art, more than 4,000 pieces were submitted. Our forgotten brothers and sisters seized this opportunity to be heard, giving birth to this collective exhibition.
Sarah is a down to earth artsy girl who loves New Haven as much as her arts and crafts. She spends her free time frequenting New Haven coffee shops like Jo Jo’s and drawing in her sketch pad. She considers herself very spiritual and emotional. She feels everything which has its perks but also setbacks. But it’s perks for her include creating art and poetry that she thinks is easier to create when she feels so intensely. As for resume stuff, she graduated with a bachelor’s in Journalism from Eastern Michigan University and have also self-published a few books.