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Me, Myself, and My Dirty Mind. Art Opening for Eric McCraken
January 3 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Art at Strut 2020!
We are super excited to bring you all a year new art by queer artists in 2020! For the month of January we are exhibiting the art of Eric McCracken. This is his first solo show and we could not be prouder to have it at Strut.
The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Bring your friends, are all welcome! The Art program at Strut was founded the same year Magnet began back in 2003 and we’ve been exhibiting the work of a different queer artist each month ever since!
Artist Statement: The series of autobiographical self-portraits follows the timeline of my teenage years. Margaret Thatcher ruled England with an iron fist. Both homophobia and xenophobia flowed through the veins of the everyman. Not only was I an American growing up in London, I was also deeply closeted; full of self-hatred and disbelief of my own homosexuality. When I wasn’t using my hands to try to pray the gay away, I employed them for the purpose of chronic masturbation. The drawings envelop an arc of teenage fantasies that start with my belief of just being in physical proximity of a gay man would lead to my body being overtaken by his. Even in my head where no one else could see, I positioned myself as the innocent bystander. As the narrative in this series of my schoolboy daydreams progresses, I gain confidence in my sexuality and begin to take the reins and wield power. The nature of these outlandish teenage fantasies birthed my art making as a surreal approach to living in a foreign country and a heterosexual world I didn’t fit into. Through my artistic output I learned to retreat deeply into my imagination to survive.
About the Artist: Eric McCracken, (www.EisforEric.com) creates large scale self-portraits capturing the delusional world of a humdrum, pencil pushing homosexual in San Francisco. His art uses his body as a starting point, employing props, costumes and exoskeletons to augment the narrative structure. His body of work focuses on distorting the human form by adding, subtracting and modifying the human form to tell a story in a single image. His daily output focuses primarily on the murmurings in his head, recovery and an ambiguous attitude towards human interaction. He draws for several hours before work each day with his overweight cat by his side. He first Photoshops compositions before projecting them onto 40×60” boards then uses Copic markers and pens. In between large-scale drawing projects, he builds pop-ups and is currently in the midst of a pop-up exhibition catalog showcasing an imaginary retrospective of Leigh Bowery.
If you have any questions about Strut’s art openings or this event, please feel free to contact our community events manager Baruch Porras Hernandez at email@example.com
Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the lobby level at Strut from the street level. The building has three floors, and there is a stairwell with handrails and a wheelchair accessible elevator. There are 26 steps from the lobby to the 2nd floor and 48 steps from the lobby to the 3rd floor.