Tacoma Art Museum
February 4 - May 14, 2017
The Art Museum of South Texas
Corpus Christi, Texas
June 8 - September 10, 2017
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Kansas City, Missouri
October 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018
American Prize was selected as an Outwin Boochever Comeptition Finalist. This competition occurs at the National Portrait Gallery every three years with a focus on where contemporary portraiture is today in a variety of mediums. American Prize is the second painting of me, by Doud, chosen as a finalist. The first was in 2013.
Unlike traditional portraiture, Tim’s not concerned with revealing the subject, much less, the soul of the artist.
In this collaboration, I’m inserting myself into Tim’s critical work. I’m the model and content creator while Tim focuses on composition and emphasis. I decide what I wear, the pose, lighting and the title.
I’m also a performer in this work. I perform identities. I get to construct selves and exercise a freedom I’m not comfortable performing in daily life due to societal rules restricting how men are permitted to perform their gender and masculinity.
This process started as being a way to project my interests in a particular kind of identity based on what I’m wearing. Now it’s become a way to project a politic.