“On this day in…”
March 5th 1996 -
Juicy, Cultivating Queer Culture: Emily Carr Group Show
“Juicy, Cultivating Queer Culture pulled a mini-coup by escaping the tiny orbit of ECIAD into the mega-universe of the Vancouver parallel gallery scene. i.e. a week at the grunt. But this upscale venue only exacerbates the nagging and oft-asked question, why a queer show - or why a show of work by queers - or why a show of queer work? To stick to the theme, what’s the value of a show on, around, about dykes, fags, bithings, trannies, and loser straights?
Well plenty, fuck face. ‘Cause it is interesting to ask, over and over, what defines this queer thing. I go to queer shows, and participate in them, because I want to see what a bunch of sexual miscreants can get up to , or down for, or on about. I’m interested for the same reason that I’m interested in what’s happening with the whole I-P scam. Basically, Juicy tempts you to believe that there may be something to queer (self) identity that actually links it up across individual expression. The short answer is, of course, that queerness is just as varied (and just as voluntary) in art as in life. So the value of the show, to belabour the point, is its unintentional detooling of the assumed inevitability of explicitly ‘sexual’ and/or victim imagery in so-called queer work. For some the revelation came off a bit flat. I heard more than one practiced scenester bemoan the loss of queerness as evidenced by the absence of sex. If the lesson of Juicy is, finally, that there ain’t much of a diff between breeders and their betters (at least in terms of art making), then what we’re left with is something of a minor crisis in identity politics - that institutionalized difference is maybe more like institutionalized privilege. A dangerous argument in the wrong hands.” (Andrew Power, Planet of the Arts, Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design,Volume HI, issue 3+1= May/June 1996)
Artists who contributed: Diane Barbarash, Carla St. Pierre, Michael Bell, Carmen Schwartz, Damon Crain, Christopher Sheldon, Jacques Gaudet, Constanza Silva, Kine Gullberg, Teri Snelgrove, Chris Hamilton, Penny Treen, Krista Lee Hanson, Jonathan Wells, Robert Harper Jones, Robert H. Lawrence, Brain Langlands, Selena Liss, Karla Martinez, Allison MacFarlane, Allana Murray, Chris Nash, Andrew Powers
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