Say It Gay, is a series of digital prints that grew out of an exploration of using gay slurs or pejoratives as inspiration for artwork, in the context of an obsession with text as Art. In today’s “meme” culture, a photo is frequently used with text to have a commentary or humorous meaning, but what happens with the text itself becomes the subject matter?
This work is also a rebellion against the current state of photography as art in the general culture. Today, everyone with a smartphone, is now an artist/photographer curating their work on Instagram. There, everything from the banal selfie to pictures of one’s diner rule.
In these works, I’m interested in considering color, texture, shape and the evocative influence of text plucked out of one’s history and culture.
These images as digital, museum quality prints, in four sizes. Like other digital prints, they are available as 8″ x 8″, 12″ x 12″, or 24″ x 24″ prints, all sold as prints alone and suitable for framing. However, for a recent open studio, I created some that are framed and measure 9″ x 9″. These sit easily on a book shelf, or hang on the wall.