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Twink Jock Bear

  • SLOE Gallery 14-20 Mirabel Street Manchester, England, M3 1PJ United Kingdom (map)
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'Twink | Jock | Bear' is a new solo exhibition by Oliver Crabtree, a multidisciplinary visual artist who focuses on 'otherness' through a queer lens. Oliver explores ideas relating to queer theory, LGBT taxonomical structures, binarism and the body viewed through the gay/ queer gaze.

In his first solo exhibition, Oliver presents a testing ground where a gay taxonomy, somatotyping, and the satirical use of stereotypes- used to objectify- are examined and fused together to create a disobediently provocative visual language.

Oliver seeks to initiate conversation and prompt questions around shifting ideas of hierarchy, and how this begins to effect social exclusion and isolation within a queer context.

With objects, images and surfaces absorbing material as metaphor, Oliver applies a symbolic use of colour to explore and make connections between recurring tropes of identity categorisation found within the LGBTQI+ community. His work seeks to reflect broad social practices, examining the tensions created by externalisation within the embodied, lived, queer experience.

Earlier Event: June 28
House of Decay Workshop
Later Event: June 30
Venus + Q&A