Curated by Jasa McKenzie
Artist: Jade Yumang
Opening reception: Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:30-9:30 pm
January 12- January 20, 2017
CP Projects Space, 132 West 21st Street, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-6:00pm, weekends by appointment
CP Projects Space at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present My-O-My, curated by MA Curatorial Practice Fellow Jasa McKenzie. My-O-My celebrates an erotic, queer magazine of the same name from the late 1960s and ‘70s. In Middletown, New Jersey during 1972, police entered a bookstore without a warrant and confiscated the publication which was viewed as profane, resulting in a legal dispute.
Each piece within the exhibition represents one of the thirty-two pages of the magazine. The pages have been reproduced on fabric and turned into genderless sculptures. Walking through the space, one may experience the publication as life-size, as if paging through the magazine itself with their whole being.
The subject matter calls back to a time of queer repression and seeks to bring it to light, reminding us to celebrate progress to this day. This small part of history may have been lost but is now remembered for the ways in which freedom and love have triumphed through years of repression. Especially today, freedom of identity and remembrance of the past are more important as we face another oppressive political climate.
This series by Jade Yumang is a way of tracing and abstracting the imagery of gay male archetypes in erotic and pornographic magazines. The shapes do not refer to anything specific, but are visual intermediaries to a culture that always changes. These are then transformed as queer objects that point you in many directions, rather than bound by gender and sexual preconditions.