A Series of Queer and Gender Non-Conforming Videos and Performances
Tom Rubnitz, Strawberry Shortcut, 1989, 1:32 min
Fruit Salad: A Series of Queer and Gender Non-Conforming Videos and Performances 26 October to 9 November 2020 On view at the Owens Art Gallery picture window + on the Umbrella Projects site
Fruit Salad features a mélange of videos and filmed performances that explore gender performativity and celebrate masquerade, personas, and other fluid forms of identity. The artists included here use queer and feminist theory to critique gender roles and homophobia embedded in Western culture. Their alter egos and performances function as multivocal tools for the expression of identities that question the social constructs and confines of gender. Drag personas, caricatures, eccentric costuming, and anthropomorphism thus serve as methods to critique and deconstruct discriminatory gender essentialism and its ideals.
Features work by:
Marissa Sean Cruz
Maya Ben David
Read the exhibition essay here
Curated by Hannah Bridger, Emily Falvey, and Lucas Morneau
Real Life is Unappetizing: A Review of Fruit Salad by Kara Au, Visual Arts News, Spring 2021, p15-20.