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Pansy Twist Free Staff Pick

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Continues through Jan. 22 2020
Susan Sontag attributed the 1960s camp sensibility to the theatrical, ironic, self-presentations of the gay community. The work of California musician-artists Seth Bogart, Jeffrey Cheung and Brontez Purnell in Pansy Twist: An Incomplete Survey/Mixtape of American Riot Boi Art, proves that spirit to be alive and well a half-century later, with exuberant, post-theory works that are both fun and declarative. The work, encompassing painting, ceramics, installation, and happenings, debunks the art market’s “boy genius” stereotype and exalts instead a collective “DIT” ethos: do it together. Bogart makes ceramic objects with a pop and funk genealogy, laced with a contemporary attitude, both transgressive and insouciant: e.g., “Big Banana Condom” and “Wiggle Paste.” Cheung’s paintings (“Trio,” “Complete” and painted skateboard decks depict sexually ambiguous figures — genderless body-positive — in a humorous cartoonish style. Purnell makes black and white photostats of slyly subversive posters commenting on race and gender, e.g.,”Hump Lights” and “Pansy Twist.”
— DeWitt Cheng

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