Category: art


Recommendation: The work of Andy Karol


Lee recommends…

Two portraits from “Eden: Expressions in Gender” photographed by Andy Karol, of two individuals, both POC, who identify on the gender spectrum as variant or fluid. Kokumo, on the left, is standing in a river, with the afro cut looking like a halo, closely holding water plants almost looking like a net, and eyes closed head towards the sky. Kia, on the right, is bald-shaven, with a simple circular ring in each ear, and is almost hidden between grass, with just the head emerging, staring into the camera with a piercing, powerful look.

The work of Andy Karol
A portrait project

This project lives through me. It is a concept, a bridge, a running topic, a challenge, and many other things. The images haunt, linger, inspire, incite, and provoke. I want people to understand the ability to strip down our gender to our inner selves and this is why nudity is used. The classic play on the Biblical ‘Eden’ reaches this importance. Gender spills out of us in uncontrollable ways and when we realize this then the real play begins. The quality of this work is based on years of experience and passion.

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Posted by on August 29th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Somewhere Bent


Sadelle recommends…

Somewhere Bent
A poem on a blog.

“I have never been aware,
What on the outside seems,
But not growing there,
I played a role, not my dreams.

I begged my body to be less of
That to be or what not to be;
Just be something I can love,
Even if only by lovers seen.

So why then do I seem
With tiny little nipple knots, not
On fleshy female breasts and
That thing down there is what?

I am a natural born killer.
That instinct has never died
Time after time being teased
And other reasons cried.

When they think that I am a girly
Boy, and fag or pussy I am called,
I have to beat them all up,
And I beat them one and all.

I fight to end it at the beginning;
The judgment of my heart,
And stop what would surely bleed
My soul forever from the start.

I feel the thoughts of those
Who cannot get in my head.
In the cross-hairs of their sights
Set on seeing me quite dead.

Just because my hair and clothes
Are not in lemming conformation
To their walking talking paper
Cut-out normal expectation?

I have never been aware of,
What on the outside I must seem.
But growing up, I played the role,
By every, and all means.

I wanted to hug and hold hands
And feel what girls and women do.
But I wanted to be a super hero,
And fit in as either too.

Now I know that I am neither,
I play the game no more.
Hormones and chromosomes
Failing at my gender core.

They let me down by the norm,
And denied full compliment
Of what is boy or girl, and left me
Somewhere in the middle bent.”

I just wanted to share this with my siblings. Being somewhere between the ‘normative’ gender binary options can be difficult. Especially when you are young. I wrote this when I was 18 (or thereabouts).

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Posted by on July 10th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Gender Anarchy


Paesan recommends…

A cartoon with twelve frames.   1) A person, seemingly male, sees a toilet door in the distance. 2) Close-up: the label of the door shows the 'man' pictogram. 3) The person approaches the door. 4) Close-up: the label becomes blurry.   5) The label becomes blurrier and changes. 6) The label now shows a figure in a short skirt, standing with legs apart. 7) The person retreats from the door, and the label becomes blurry again. There is a question mark over the person's head. 8) The label now shows a figure made out of one half of the 'man' and one half of the 'woman' pictogram.   9) The person is now facing a small table next to the door. 10) The person picks up a leaflet from the table. 11) Close-up: the leaflet held in hand; it says 'PROPAGANDA'. 12) The person looks at the label again; it now shows a figure with arms stretched apart and one leg to the side. There is an exclamation mark over the person's head.

I was browsing around on the web and came across this fantastic, smart person and a project of theirs from 2005. Imagine if this had been up longer than two weeks! I love the idea of using tech to bring people together. From what I can tell, most of their work is in that vein.

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Posted by on June 12th, 2013 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Proudly African and Transgender: Portaits


XylophoneGender recommends…

Hand-sketched portrait of head and shoulders. Bare skin, relaxed gaze at audience, dog tags.

This project is posted on Blacklooks.org, where it is described as: “Portraits and narratives of ten transgendered Africans from seven countries in East and Southern Africa by Gabrielle Le Roux in partnership with IGLHRC exhibited for the first time by Amnesty International Amsterdam.”


Posted by on May 29th, 2012 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Queer Noir


Topher recommends…

Queer Noir
A queer art blog

Queer Noir is an art blog that is produced by queer poet and performance artist Topher Cusumano. Queer Noir seeks to showcase the gritty, non-conformist, queer underworld through writing, visual art, and audio installation. With the help of his Trans-man best friend, Topher has created a safe haven for queer, feminist, gender-fucked, art.

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Posted by on November 29th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Family Portrait


Pedro aka Strangelfreak recommends…

A grayscale photo of three people posing in a typical "family portrait" position. One has long hair and is wearing a dress, another has short hair and is wearing a beard and a striped button-down shirt, and the third is on their knees, wearing a patterned sleeveless dress and posing cutely.

Family Portrait
Photography shoot

A photoshoot I made for a project on Non-heteronormative family units, in this case is Lorena who is an M2F trans, Claudia genderneutral (wearing my beard) and Filippo Putrefashion who is a genderfucker… I hope you like it.

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Posted by on November 19th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Zhang Jigna’s Photography


A reader recommends…

I’ve admired Zhang Jigna’s (see also http://zemotion.deviantart.com/) photography for a long time. And I was especially taken by these shots of Daniel Landroche. The blog post has a (brief) interesting bit of commentary on different people’s conception of beauty. These photographs in particular stand out to me for capturing a kind of elegance we don’t often see associated with male beauty. These aren’t the images of stereotypical male strength or of dominance that most frequently make up our images of men.

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Posted by on October 12th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Queer Haiku


Gabrielle recommends…

Haiku No 13 “Curves”

The complexity
Of forms and shapes: in Beauty
There are no straight lines

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Posted by on September 26th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Switch


identitytBD recommends…

Switch
photo gallery

JJ Levine is a Montreal-based artist who explores issues surrounding gender, sexuality, self-identity and queer space. In addition to pursuing a career as an artist, Levine gives “Lesbian Haircuts for Anyone” in a bike shop in Montreal’s gay village. Also check out the “Alone Time” gallery: http://www.jjlevine.ca/alone.html.

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Posted by on June 11th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Life Transgendered


A reader recommends…

Life Transgendered
A JPGMag Photo Essay

A short but well-written first person photo essay about being transgendered/androgynous.

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Posted by on February 15th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Lashings Of Ginger Beer Time


A reader recommends…


Lashings Of Ginger Beer Time

A Radical Queer Feminist Collective

Lashings of Ginger Beer Time describe themselves as a Radical Queer Feminist Collective, who present songs, comedy, sketches and satire in the form of a classic Burlesque act. They’ve recently performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, with a 4 star review from the Scotsman calling them the best Burlesque act there, and another 4 star from Scotsgay.

If you’re looking for a group that will mercilessly deconstruct the gender binary, discuss feminism’s modern role in gender equality, have a comedy act dedicated to discussing being trans, love a bit of kink, and accept everyone from straight, kinky, vanilla, asexual, queer, poly, or well…everyone, then these are the group for you!

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Posted by on January 28th, 2011 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: David Wojnarowicz


A reader recommends…

david wojnarowicz
homo artist

It will put words and images to the rage you feel. A former homeless male prostitute rips the structure of the control system to shreds.

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Posted by on January 26th, 2011 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Gender Queer Photo Project



Elle Perez recommends…

Gender Queer Photo Project
artists maybe? Call for participants?

Hey,

My name is Elle and I’m a genderqueer photographer and curator from Baltimore, Md.

I’m working on a project to photograph people who self identify as gender queer. As a curator, I haven’t seen enough work that represents this part of the queer population, and as an artist, I’m compelled to do something about that. I’m looking for anyone who is willing to participate, whether through sitting for a portrait or by telling their personal story, or both. I’m planning a couple of trips to meet as many people as possible the first is centered around the east coast mid-atlantic region, NY city, and Los Angeles, and the second is going to be across the country. So if you’d like to get involved, or even would just like to talk, I’d LOVE to talk to you, so email me. Thank you!!

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Posted by on December 15th, 2010 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: Rooster Tails


HeadlessWaltz recommends…

Rooster Tails
comic-blog

Rooster tails is a weekly autobiographical webcomic written from the point of view of transguy Sam Orchard as he is transitioning.

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Posted by on October 4th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Said the Pot to the Kettle – feminist theory for anarchist men


willow recommends…

This is a fantastic comic-zine which goes over a summary of patriarchy, feminism, anarchy, and how they all interact. It’s funny, poignant, and bitingly witty. Also fantastic use of the term “jerk.” The comic is followed up by a discussion of ideas, which is well researched and laid out.

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Posted by on January 4th, 2010 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be…


Kate recommends…

Girls Will Be Boys Will Be Girls Will Be...Coloring Book

Wow — a genderplay-friendly kids’ coloring book! I am impressed. And even if you’re not interested in buying it, you gotta admit that the cover is pretty sweet. I hope we one day live in a world where every child can be exposed to materials like this.

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Posted by on June 23rd, 2009 at 04:00 pm

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Recommendation: Paul Richmond’s art


Kate recommends…

Room With A View

Paul Richmond’s art
giclée paintings with queer themes

Mr. Richmond’s paintings are sensitive, controversial, & beautiful. Even if they didn’t deal with gender variance & homosexuality, they are lovely enough that I’d still want them in my home. My favorites are Room With A View (above) & The Cher Within. His paintings are available for purchase in his Etsy shop.

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Posted by on May 26th, 2009 at 08:00 am

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Recommendation: I AM A MAN series


genderkid recommends…

I AM A MAN

I AM A MAN series
a series of photographs

Amanda Morgan tries on different types of masculinity to explore the performativity of maleness. I liked seeing how Amanda looks like an entirely different person in each picture. I also enjoyed how this series shows many ways of “being a man.”

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Posted by on May 5th, 2009 at 08:00 am

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a softer world: on gender shifting


any sufficiently complex system is hackable


Posted by on April 30th, 2008 at 07:41 pm

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