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PR: Race, Love, and Labor

Xaviera Simmons

PRESS RELEASE

Race, Love, and Labor

Exhibition: July 23 – October 16, 2016

Gallery reception on Friday, July 29, starting at 6pm
Artist talk with CPW artists-in-residence Jared Thorne and Sheida Soleimani, starting at 7pm

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to present Race, Love, and Labor, an exhibition of work by CPW’s artist-in-residence. Curated by Sarah Lewis, the traveling exhibition will be on display at CPW from July 23 through October 16, 2016. The public reception will be held on Friday, July 29 at 6pm, followed directly by an artist talk, starting at 7pm.

The artists whose work is featured in this exhibition are Endia Beal, William Cordova, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tommy Kha, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Xaviera Simmons, and Joanna Tam.

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Lawrence Getubig

I WANT TO BE ACTION FIGURE

on view: October 30 – December 29, 2013

reception: Saturday November 16, 4-6pm

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Many of the components that drive me as an artist today are the same childhood forces that kept me riveted as a kid.

Western, and more specifically American science fiction and fantasy movies, television shows, cartoons and superhero comic book escapades became regular imports growing up in the Philippines in the 1970s and 80s. I absorbed these almost as fast as they arrived. The narratives became more personal as I integrated my own projected character playing with the action figure toys associated with these western mythologies.

My cardboard cutout series explores a photographic and sculptural approach, referencing the action figure toys I used to play with. From those childhood play sessions, I have become aware that I seldom identified as the hero, but instead projected myself as either an enamored ingénue like in romance comics, as a loyal adoring sidekick, or as the cohort that would get into trouble but eventually rescued by the hero.

Now conscious of my own boyhood wanderlust and yearning for placement in these fictionalized spaces of America and American characters, and the way I identified in those escapist realms, I question how those make-believe roles live on with me in the real world as an adult Filipino American gay man.

Revisiting those narratives, I draft, sculpt and then photograph black cardboard cutout landscapes, including myself, the superheroes and fantasy male lead characters of my youth. These photographs are about examining attitudes, especially mine, regarding desire and American masculinities in these genres of fiction. They are about how I wanted to be amongst those action figures, and much more.

Lawrence Getubig is an artist and photographer based in Alexandria, VA. 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, Baltimore and Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids. He is interested in American pop culture, masculinity, cartoon superheroes, science fiction and fantasy and how these function as currencies in global transactions of escapist consumption and identity construction. Getubig was an artist-in-residence at CPW in 2009.

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