Year 3, SOLO Exhibition 5,
CUPID OJALA, C U NEXT TUESDAY


Exhibition Dates: March 02ND—April 01ST, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, April 02ND, 6:00-9:00pm


Art During the Occupation Gallery is PROUD to welcome you to artist Cupid Ojala’s solo drawing and mural exhibition, "C U Next Tuesday” and our opening and artist reception on Friday, March 02nd from 6-9pm.   

EXHIBITION STATEMENT

Through lines, Cupid Ojala’s work conjures new ways of seeing the queer body through the lens of a trans man. Ojala draws bodies that go beyond the question of, “What is it to be inside your own skin in a community?” Instead, he re-embodies cultural signs of gender, and produces new imagery for the transgender and queer communities.

In the “C U Next Tuesday” series, which is produced weekly, the body is outlined and begins with proud gender non-conforming bodies, and evolves further into unicorn iconography that has become the supportive symbol in the queer community.

Throughout the series humor, friendship and fantasy spaces are the themes that speak to larger audiences. Previous explorations of identity can be seen in the “Gender Wilderness” series, where the body is very present; however these playful and erotic characters have new bodies, extra limbs, genital heads, and penises for handseven the forests they inhabit are bodies ready to be part of the sexual encounter.

Through these different scenarios, Ojala offers impossible bodies that surpass essentialist perspectives and extend new forms of desire. Three of these drawings are on display as part of TAG Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania.

ARTIST BIO

Born in 1977, Ojala grew up in a conservative Mormon family in rural Bumpass, Virginia. He transitioned from female to male in 2003 and now resides in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his MFA at Parsons The New School for Design in 2012, and his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1999.

In 2015, he completed a year of a monthly guerrilla performance series called “Love Prescriptions.” His exhibitions/performances include the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018, 2ª Bienal Internacional Arte de Gaia in 2017, Art In Odd Places 2014 in New York, Lincoln Arts Gallery in Massachusetts, and The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland. In 2013, he performed for Ernesto Pujol in “Time After Us” as part of the Crossing the Line Festival for The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF).

Cupid Ojala’s publication, “The Gender Wilderness Coloring Book,” is available at The Bureau of General Services: Queer Division at the LGBTQ Center in Manhattan.

Cupid Ojala “C U Next Tuesday” exhibition hashtags:
#CUNextTuesday
#Queer

#Transgender
#Transman
#Unicorn
#Friends
#Community
#F2M
#ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery

Kindly email the gallery for an exhibition list and/or inquiries at ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery@gmail.com.
 
GALLERY INFORMATION

Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick
(formerly Christopher Stout Gallery, New York)
119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building 
Brooklyn, New York 11237 

Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop

Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday Noon-6:00pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.

EXHIBITION PRE-READ: ARTIST STUDIO INTERVIEW:

Studio Visit Interview of Cupid Ojala by Nick Naber in The Coastal Post:

http://thecoastalpost.com/studio-visits-posts/2017/6/28/cupid-ojala-visited-by-nick-naber




Upcoming at Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick: Eva Mueller, Flowers & Chocolate, April 06—29. More information to follow. Kindly hold Friday, April 06th on your calendar for Eva Mueller's opening reception.




Upcoming at Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick: Chris Bors, American Jesus, May 04—27. More information to follow. Kindly hold Friday, May 04th on your calendar for Chris Bor's opening reception.



Upcoming at Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick: Hazel Lee Santino, Storms With Women’s Names, June 01—24. More information to follow. Kindly hold Friday, June 01st on your calendar for Hazel Lee Santino's opening reception.



Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick is a not for profit contemporary art space showing subversive and difficult work. We delight in serving as a platform for discourse on work that is challenging to authority paradigms, feminist, queer, anti-establishment, hyper-aggressive, mystic, and/or joyously sexual.

Our gallery was launched in 2015 by Christopher Stout who serves as gallery founder and director.

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Art During the Occupation Gallery, Bushwick

(formerly Christopher Stout Gallery, New York)

119 Ingraham Street
Ground Floor Main Gallery in the Brooklyn Fire Proof Building
Brooklyn, New York 11237
Metro Stop: L Train, Morgan Street Stop 

Gallery Hours: Friday and Saturday Noon-6:00pm, Sunday 1-5pm, and also by private appointment.

Web: 
www.art-during-the-occupation-gallery.com
Telephone: (646) 872-9990

Email: ArtDuringTheOccupationGallery@gmail.com

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