Henry Art Gallery
Northeast Seattle, Seattle

  • Queer visibility

Viewpoints is a series that highlights works from the Henry collection, paired with University of Washington community contributions. This iteration of Viewpoints brings together paintings by Berlin- and Los-Angeles-based Dean Sameshima (b. 1971, Torrance, CA) and Seattle-based Anthony White (b. 1994, Santa Maria, CA) that reflect on queer desire and visibility. Torso (Black on Silver), 2006, by Sameshima enlarges cartoonist ‘Sean’s’ creative transformation of a pornographic image into a connect-the-dots activity, originally featured in the gay leather magazine Drummer in the 1970s. The image is only complete with participation, and draws on secret codes and hidden meanings, as well as the implied necessity of such measures. In complement to the paintings, two of Sameshima's zines are also on view, extending the artist's merging of queer history, found imagery, and gay and personal pleasure from the expansive surface of the canvas to the intimate space of the printed page. In White's BOYZ OF THE WILD, 2020, portraits of the artist's undressed male friends appear amid a landscape of sticker-like brand names, layered with a digital processing symbol at the center of the composition. White's work animated the way screen culture mediates public and private life, his figures both exalted and exposed, vulnerable while also curated amid the cultural artifacts.

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