Sharing The Void: Boundlessness In Allana Clarke’s ‘Notes On Belonging To Boundaries’
Art

Sharing The Void: Boundlessness In Allana Clarke’s ‘Notes On Belonging To Boundaries’

Our experience of bodies resides along a spectrum of envy and repulsion. René Girard observed that tragedies and comedies alike are driven by mimetic desire, a contagious wanting that drives all social relations. Girard articulated that the repression of envy is the real repression of our time. Desire for a kind of knowing and mastery … Continue reading

There’s Power In The Bottom: Queer Longing In Tsinder Ash’s ‘The Carbon Of Your Delight’
Music

There’s Power In The Bottom: Queer Longing In Tsinder Ash’s ‘The Carbon Of Your Delight’

Is there something about music that lends itself as a medium to explore tortured and painful yet romantic and erotic queer longing? From Perfume Genius’ melancholic songs like “Hood” to The Communards’ bizarrely manic renditions of torch songs and even, appropriated show tunes from Broadway musicals such as “On My Own” from Les Miz caterwauled … Continue reading

No Family Is Safe When I Sashay: Sexuality In Robert Gober’s ‘The Heart Is Not A Metaphor’
Art

No Family Is Safe When I Sashay: Sexuality In Robert Gober’s ‘The Heart Is Not A Metaphor’

In Pefume Genius’ song “Queen” off of their recently released album Too Bright, Mike Hadreas, the musician behind Perfume Genius, presents a defiant embrace of the homophobic stereotypes and fears surrounding gay effeminacy, namely the assumptions that effeminate gay men are diseased, threats to “The Family” and abject bottoms. Likewise, Robert Gober’s retrospective The Heart Is Not A Metaphor at the Museum of Modern Art resonates with a similar frank presentation of queer sexuality and homophobic notions surrounding it. Continue reading