That's So Gay, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, ON

That’s So Gay: Girls Who Are Boys Who Do Boys Like They’re Girls
Gladstone Hotel
3rd & 4th floor Galleries
Toronto, ON

June 6 – July 29, 12 – 5 pm daily
Opening reception: Thursday June 28, 7 – 10 pm

Curated by Sholem Krishtalka

Featuring work by: Steven Beckly, Sol Legaults, Cecilia Berkovic, Johnny Forever, Hannah Jickling & Helen Reed, Kyle Lasky, Elisha Lim, Mikiki, Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay, Andrew Zealley

Curatorial Statement
Pride exhibits stereotypically involve representations of desire – men make art about male desire, women make art about female desire. In keeping with my ongoing project of using the That’s So Gay exhibit to expand on what Pride shows can be, and to use them to push and prod and stretch what “queer” can mean, I want to challenge that initial premise, and have male artists show work about women, and vice versa. This simplistic binary system itself raises an obvious and important issue: “man” and “woman” as gender identities, much less sexual object choices, are in and of themselves extremely complex, problematic and fluid. And an essential part of a queer life is the challenging and disruption of these categories.

I want to introduce this binary in order to demonstrate its overly-simplistic falseness. I want to disrupt the stereotypical representation of sexual-object-choice; I want to open up those binaries to free interpretation by the artists; I want to show artists who themselves identify somewhere in the huge spectrum that exists between these binaries, and whose work will thusly interpret gender and desire freely and openly. -Sholem Krishtalka

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