Andrew Quon

02aprAll Day28Andrew QuonThe Space Between Us

Event Details

April 2nd – 28th
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4th 6-8pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, April 14th 3pm

In the Main & Case Galleries

 

The Space Between Us explores themes of relational entanglement, liminality, community, and the “third body” as a site of longing, dis/connection, and destruction.

Excerpts from my ongoing photographic series Polymorphous Pleasures and Queer Communion, together with a selection of ceramic assemblage sculptures, are presented in this solo gallery show. These pieces reimagine my coming of age as a QTBIPOC youth within the degraded environments of rural suburbia, Nova Scotia. Embedded in the land away from socially constructed expectations, I present my soft, naked, contorted, gender non-conforming body. Reconnecting in these locations with intimacy and intention has been a humbling experience. Sacred geographies emerge as I revel in the corporeal and spiritual delights of the earthbody, myself, and our phenological rhythms. These artworks center otherness, memory, sensual embodiment, impermanence, and the regeneration cycles of physical and mental landscapes.

Recent political history enlisted the natural world to prop up puritanical values which vilified certain sexual acts and, by association, identities. “Crimes against nature” is a term still on the books in some parts of North America which exists to criminalise queer and trans bodies. My work is a direct response to the reductionist society in which I live – a society which intersects Settler Colonialism, Cisheteropatriarchy, Anthropocentrism, late-stage Neoliberal Capitalism and White Supremacy culture.
Control and domination persist, with brutal outcomes for both lands and beings.
In a collapsing world, (re)connection is more vital than ever before.

About the artist:

Andrew Quon 关 徳 平 (any/all pronouns) is a maker with a background in communication design. Born of Chinese and British parents, this Queer first generation settler was raised in Mi’kma’ki (Punamu’kwati’jk – “at the tomcod place” / Dartmouth), the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq people, where they currently reside.

Masks and ASL Interpretation will be available for the artist talk on Sunday, April 14th 3-4pm.

Time

april 2 (Tuesday) - 28 (Sunday)

Location

The Craig Main & Case Gallery