on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013
reception: Saturday November 16, 2013, from 4-6pm
The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of Lawrence Getubig’s project I Want to be Action Figure in our galleries from October 30 – December 29, 2013.
As a child growing up in Asia, Lawrence Getubig used to play with toy action figures and immerse himself in comic books. He seldom identified as the hero in his fantasy. Instead, he projected himself as an enamored ingénue in romance comics, the loyal adoring sidekick, or as the cohort that repeatedly gets into trouble, eventually needing to be rescued by the hero.
In re-examining the fantasy genres of his childhood, Getubig realized his hero and object of desire have ubiquitously been western, specifically American, male constructs. Consciously aware of the way he identified himself as a kid, Getubig began to explore in his work how those behaviors manifest within himself in the real world, as an adult, queer, Filipino-American male.
For each piece, Getubig sculpts black cardboard cutouts which feature himself embedded within a cast of heroes. He then arranges and photographs these homemade sets that revive the pop cultural influences of his youth. These playful images are laden with questions surrounding Getubig’s own complex and often confused attitudes regarding identity.
Ultimately through his humorous and deadpan (re)interpretations of such staples of boyhood fantasy as the wild west, science fiction, spy stories, and hard boiled detective novels, Getubig raises the curtain upon quixotic stages that beckon us to consider their imprint on his and our own personalities.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Lawrence Getubig is an artist and photographer based in Alexandria, VA. With his interest in American pop culture, masculinity, cartoon superheroes, science fiction and fantasy, Getubig explores how these tropes function as currencies in global transactions of escapist-based cultural consumption and the construction of identity.
He received his MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in conjunction with Tufts University in 2008, under the mentorship of Jeannie Simms and Bonnie Donohue. He has taught at various higher education institutions, including Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD and Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, MI. Lawrence Getubig was an Artist-In-Residence at CPW in 2009.
To learn more visit www.lawrencegetubig.com
An informal artist talk will take place with Lawrence Getubig on Saturday, November 16, 2013 during the opening reception.
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Press Images & Interview Requests
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