october 28, 2021 7:00pm
On Thursday, October 28th at 7:00pm guest artist, Edie Fake will be here at FSU for an artist talk and Q+A session. Edie Fake is a multimedia artist whose work
On Thursday, October 28th at 7:00pm guest artist, Edie Fake will be here at FSU for an artist talk and Q+A session. Edie Fake is a multimedia artist whose work includes books, zines, comics, drawings, tattoos, videos, installations, and performances. He is best known for his graphic drawings and paintings, which address themes of gender, sexuality, and queer identity.
Edie Fake’s paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor. His precise, intimately scaled, gouache-and-ink paintings on panel are structured around the physical aspects of transition and adaptation as well as mental and sexual health.
Fake’s work has evolved from his acclaimed Memory Palaces series — reimagined facades of urban lesbian bars and gay nightclubs — to a new feeling of vulnerability due to shifts in the U.S. social and political climate. The work blurs lines between architecture and body with structures adorned by elements that seem to be both decorative and protective. Architectural components are used as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. Says Fake, “More and more I’m trying to bring an anarchy into that architecture, or a fantasy and ecstasy of what queer space is and can be.”
Edie received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Art and Design. His work is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Drawing Center and the Museum of Art and Design in New York and BAMPFA at UC Berkeley. He has previously exhibited at Marlborough Contemporary in New York, New York; Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois. Select group exhibitions: Samek Museum at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania; Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, University of Chicago, Illinois; Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon; and the Nikolaj Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark (2007). Collections include: Fidelity Investments Corporate Art Collection, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, KS Thomas J. Watson Library, and MoMA. His work has been published in the New York Times, ArtForum among many others. Select awards: Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel (2011), and Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists (2009).
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