Come Out and Play

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51 Little Britain, EC1A 7BH, London, UK
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm


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Come Out and Play

London

Come Out and Play
to Sat 16 Jul 2022
Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-5pm

Preview: Saturday 18 June, 1pm-4pm

Curated by Andrew Salgado
Exhibition text by Russell Tovey

Adam Baker * Paul Booth * Katherine Bradford * J. Carino * Giorgio Celin * Wenjie Ding * KEEYA * Kris Knight * Navot Miller * Andrew Moncrief * Gori Mora * Emily Oliveira * Ally Rosenberg * Logan T. Sibrel * Krzysztof Strzelecki * Brea Weinreb * Caleb Yono

Curated by artist Andrew Salgado, the LGBTQ+ themed exhibition Come Out & Play celebrates internationally-based queer artists whose practice prioritizes a bold approach and work that is celebratory, challenging, and progressive.

Artworks

Jonathon, 2021

Mixed media on canvas
90 x 120 cm

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I really love your boyish pity for me, 2021

Oil on canvas
90 x 90 cm

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Wading Deep Water, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
28 x 35 cm

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Man Lifting Man, 2022

Acrylic on canvas
35 x 28 cm

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Study of a living room, 2022

Oil on perspex
145 x 160 cm

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Family Portrait, 2022

Acrylic, rhinestones, crochet, rabbit fur, linen, collage and mixed media on canvas
198 x 160 cm

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The artists included present queerness as manifest through colour and play, a subject matter free from taboo or shame, and a greater practice that responds to the contemporary ideology of what it means to be a queer artist in society. Included works are primarily in – but not limited to – the form of figurative painting. The exhibition presents lesser-known LGBTQ+ artists alongside mid-career or more established artists at work today.

Excerpt below from the supporting exhibition text by Russell Tovey (Collector & Author and host of the Talk Art podcast):

COME OUT & PLAY is an internationally diverse exploration of humanity. It’s themes, told through intimate figuration are highly personal, stories weaved by queer voices which can connect us all in a myriad of ways. These themes are universal. Love. At times we may feel like a voyeur standing in front of them, yet we have been invited in here, granted with the permission to stare, even though our characters rarely confront us with a direct eye-line. Our new friends are bashful, coy, shy, unable to look at us directly but agreeable to the passing glance over their contoured bodies. The timelessness of a look or of a memory, projects a strong nostalgic feeling throughout, it spins and weaves itself into every scene. With a beautiful sensitivity, and soft nurturing caress, this show is an exploration of the body, whether that be their own or of others, longing for touch is omnipresent. COME OUT & PLAY brings artists from all over the world, The Bahamas, Canada, China, Colombia, Germany, Poland, Spain, UK, and the USA. This show’s roster of artists, from totally unique walks of lives and backgrounds, essentially make work to fill a space for when words aren’t enough.

Courtesy of BEERS London


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