Acrylic on plyboard, clear acrylic sheets, plaster
Dimensions: 99cm (H) x 60.9cm (W) / 39" (H) x 24" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Interrogating the contexts that give queer art its life, the exhibition attempts to untangle the messy ropes and thick sheets that conceal the rich and intricate lives of queer creatives. The works juxtapose interpellations across the fields of Cebuano art history, popular cultures, the social and economic spaces that frame queerness as subject and object of art.
In particular, the exhibit looks into the trope of the masculine body as a site of contestation and fabrication of identities and selfhood. The series of artworks suggest a deconstructed reading of the valorized masculine body via the homoerotic agency of queer-looking shaped by the nuances of Cebuano cultural life especially lived in the auspices of Downtown Cebu City.
Further drawing from the artist’s paradoxical struggles with queerness, the exhibit hopes to show the liberating aspirations of queer art-making. The works unmask veneered skins and polychromed shells as a way to retell the story of a long and arduous struggle for greater inclusivity of many who are othered and altered.
Hometown: Cebu City
Based in: Cebu City
Jay Nathan Jore (1987, Philippines) is a visual artist based in Cebu where he is part of the University of the Philippines Fine Arts academe and curator of the Jose T. Joya Gallery. His interest in queer aesthetics is explored in “Veneered Desires” (2022). In this series, he investigates the less familiar and unexplored queer local art scene by looking into the lives and practices of queer makers and the implication of queerness in objects of art. Interrogating the contexts that give queer art its life, the exhibition attempts to untangle the messy ropes and thick sheets that conceal the rich and intricate lives of queer creatives.
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