Fear Of A Queer Planet: An Exhibition Of Recent Works By Adrienne Crossman

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The White House presents ‘Fear of a Queer Planet’, an exhibition of recent works by Toronto-based artist Adrienne Crossman

August 18-21, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, August 18 7-10pm
Gallery hours: 12-5pm Friday through Sunday

‘Fear of a Queer Planet’ presents a collection of multidisciplinary work that questions what constitutes a ‘queer’ object, time or space, and what it looks like to navigate these spaces that exist between seemingly concrete social binaries. Inspired by Michael Warner’s writing in the 1993 text of the same title, in which Warner critiques the Pioneer Plaque conceived of by Carl Sagan and sent out into Space in the early 1970’s by NASA as representing a white, able-bodied, hetero-normative and singular version of humanity, Crossman’s work contemplates queer alternatives. Crossman’s practice aims to create feelings of queerness by disrupting conceptions of ‘normal’ and ‘natural’, bringing to light objects, individuals and spaces that challenge these categories.

Referencing nostalgic toys from the mid to late 90’s such the Furby™ released by Tiger Electronics in 1998 and the Tamagotchi™ released in 1996 by Bandai, the objects are re-contextualized through the lens of queer and feminist theory, taking the shape of physical sculptures, 3D renderings and illustrations. Through the re-contextualization (read: queering) of these familiar objects into something other, one may reflect on the possibility that a ‘queer’ feeling, sensibility or aesthetic impalpably pulses between binary categories that construct and oppress our perception of human life, highlighting the ubiquitous nature of queerness in the everyday, challenging the validity of these taxonomies (male/female, synthetic/real) altogether.

About Adrienne Crossman
Adrienne Crossman is an artist and curator based in Toronto. She holds a BFA in Integrated Media and a Minor in Digital and Media Studies from OCAD University. She has completed residencies at Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, New York, La Baraque in Montréal, the University of Windsor, and Artscape Gibraltar Point on the Toronto Islands. Her practice involves the manipulation and deconstruction of digital media and popular culture in order to create new artifacts through formal re-interpretations. In the pursuit of creating a queer aesthetic, Crossman's work is concerned with the exploration of non-normative and non-binary spaces, while attempting to locate queer sensibilities in the everyday. Adrienne will be pursuing her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Windsor commencing this Fall.

This exhibition acknowledges the generous support of the Toronto Arts Council and the City of Toronto.
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