Opening Reception: Friday, April 26, 6-8 PM
Jacob Love in conversation with Hunter O’Hanian, Museum Director: April 27, 2-3 PM
The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is pleased to present London-based photographer Jacob Love’s STATES on view twenty-four hours a day in the street level Wooster St. Window Gallery located at 26 Wooster Street, New York City. The exhibition opens with a reception at the Museum from 6-8 pm on April 26, 2013 and runs through June 21, 2013.
STATES, a work in progress, is part of an ongoing project of landscapes and portraits initially inspired by the utopian scenes printed in the Jehovah’s Witness magazine, The Watchtower. They were taken during Love’s travels through 15 US states and parts of Canada over the last 3 years.
Love’s landscapes depict the same continental landmass photographed in different physical states of being, suggesting that the only consistent truth is change. Even the most solid and permanent aspect of our realities, the ground under our feet, the landscape that sustains us, is in constant change. Through inverting landscapes, they cease to be “a place” and become a “no place” existing in our minds rather than in concrete reality.
In his portraits, figures emerge from darkness re-enforcing the idea that to come out as “queer” is not a single act that positions a subject as being different “in relation” to something else, but a continual emotional, spiritual and psychological process that celebrates the notion of differentiation, singularity and uniqueness of being. In presenting difference in and of itself, Love claims “queer” as an identification with difference.
Jacob Love completed his MA at Goldsmiths, University of London in 2008 and has exhibited in London, Paris and Berlin. A book of his previous work Line of Flight was published in 2010. Love teaches photography at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Work exhibited Wooster St. Window Gallery is on view to the public twenty-four hours a day and speaks to the LGBTQ experience showing art that might be denied access to mainstream venues due to subject matter or institutional bias from both emerging and established artists.
About the Leslie‐Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
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The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is the first and only dedicated gay and lesbian art museum in the world with a mission to exhibit and preserve gay and lesbian art, and foster the artists who create it. The Museum has a permanent collection of over 22,000 objects, 6-8 major exhibitions annually, artist talks, film screenings, readings, THE ARCHIVE – a quarterly art newsletter, a membership program, and a research library. The Leslie-Lohman Museum is operated by the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, a non-profit founded in 1987 by Charles W. Leslie and Fritz Lohman who have supported gay and lesbian artists for over 30 years. The Leslie-Lohman Museum embraces the rich creative history of the gay and lesbian art community by informing, inspiring, entertaining and challenging all who enter its doors.
The Museum is located at 26 Wooster Street, in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. Admission is free, and hours are 12pm-6pm Tuesday through Sunday. The Museum is closed Monday and all major holidays. The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a non-profit organization and is exempt from taxation under section 501(c)3 of the IRS Code. The Museum can be reached at 212-431-2609.