Kevin Kelly GENDER Promo #3

Kevin Kelly GENDER June 18 to July 13, 2015 Dylan Ellis Gallery 1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto | 416-778-6969 Opening: Thursday June 18, 6:00–9:00 p.m. Non-alcoholic opening: Tuesday June 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m. ARTIST STATEMENT “GENDER is the second show in the…

Kevin Kelly GENDER Promo #3

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Kevin Kelly
GENDER

June 18 to July 13, 2015
Dylan Ellis Gallery
1840 Danforth Avenue, Toronto | 416-778-6969

Opening: Thursday June 18, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Non-alcoholic opening: Tuesday June 23, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

ARTIST STATEMENT
“GENDER is the second show in the series I started with the KINGS & QUEENS show in 2000. It’s a celebration of the gender spectrum starring queer performers, shot on film and printed and solarized by Bob Carnie.

The show will feature high-quality, hand-printed, fibre-paper prints, all split-toned selenium and sepia for increased permanence and interplay of tones and colour.

Solarization is both contemporary and in the tradition of Man Ray. It flips the grey scale and creates a surreal image that seems appropriate for this subject. I want to make them look like rock stars, superheroes. It’s about celebration, not just tolerance.

In KINGS & QUEENS in 2000 the goal was to be passable. The performers were trying to appear as the opposite gender. Today there is much more diversity and less stereotypes. There’s a more complex sense of self and character. Gender is now a spectrum instead of binary.”

— Kevin Kelly

FROM THE VIDEOGRAPHER
I video-recorded Kevin’s photo shoot of performers at Judy and Igby’s Easter Camp Cabaret at the Drake Underground this past April 5. Footage from this video shoot was used to compile the four videos I have presented here on YouTube, and also over on Vimeo.

There is a good body of footage from the Drake shoot — both of performers and behind-the-scenes — that Kevin and I hope to incorporate into a short documentary about GENDER, later this year.

I will be official videographer, with multiple cameras, at the GENDER opening. I will also be documenting Kevin distributing show postcards at Trans Pride, Friday June 26, and Pride Parade, Sunday June 28, both in downtown Toronto. Should make for some very colourful footage.

— Simon Haworth

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