After a long, much-needed hiatus from photographing for my gender work, I am back at making photographs that pull on the truth of heartstrings. Wow, I have certainly missed this! Thank you for continuing to write me with support and encouragement. All of your words follow me wherever I go.
There is some fantastic news I am excited to share with you regarding “Eden: Expressions in Gender” and will do so this next week, so please stay tuned!
In the meantime, meet Bobby! Isn’t she divine?!
It’s cold in Chicago! How about a portrait from the warmer days?
Last Friday, “Eden: Expressions in Gender” officially opened to the public for the first time displaying all thirty portraits. The images looked beautiful, and it was very well-received! The exhibit will run through March 15th at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center, so, please check it out if you get the chance. The exhibit is part of the show “Facets of Gender” (how apropos), and “Eden” is displayed along with the hauntingly beautiful images by Steven Patrick Leahy. Yes, you can imagine a wall of thirty of these beautiful 5×7-inch prints, but to see it in person is to really experience it.
My website has also been fully updated to include all thirty portraits from the exhibit. You may also purchase the prints through the website. All portraits are printed on 5×7-inch aluminum metal, making for an archival, contemporary display. They may come either framed ($150.00) or unframed ($75.00), and all thirty are currently available. This is your opportunity to own a piece of art that is truly a conversation starter.
The updated Andy Karol website is here: www.andykarol.com
Prints may be purchased through this link: http://www.andykarol.com/order-prints/
While on the website, be sure to sign up for my newsletter if you aren’t already on the list. You may receive special offers and also more information on where the exhibit is showing.
If you are interested in hosting “Eden: Expressions in Gender” in your gallery or venue, please contact me directly.
“Eden: Expressions in Gender” is set to be exhibited mid-January at the Milwaukee LGBT Community Center. The Kickstarter will help to launch it on its way, covering the high costs associated with printing and framing, marketing, and travel costs of the project’s exhibit.
Please take a few minutes and visit the Kickstarter page to view information on the project’s background, my thoughts and ideas behind it, and more! Feel free to contact me directly with any questions. Donations are, of course, welcomed and appreciated, and gifts are set to accompany any amount over four dollars. If anything, I ask that you share with friends and family who may be interested as well.
My sincerest thanks!
Let me just go out on a limb here (so apropos for Eden, right?), but I think that the confidence that lends itself to being able and willing to express one’s gender, whether in a gallery or in a bar, opens oneself up to vulnerability. There is that vulnerability that you start to see and examine within: I am different. I am unique. Is this bad? You know it is not “mainstream,” so that opens you up to a higher possibility of misunderstandings, brutality perhaps even, from the outside.
Confidence in being true to oneself means that criticism targets the real you. Ouch.
Acceptance of gender expression outside of the cultural “norm” will hopefully entice more people to be confident in their own expression, in turn making them more vulnerable and leading to a truer and more fulfilling life!
I see vulnerability and confidence at the same time with their expression; what do you see?
How does Eden make you relate to your own gender? Do you see yourself in any of the portraits? If you were to pose for Eden, how would you want to look?
It is my pleasure to share with you Jessie…
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