Marquette University's Haggerty Museum of Art invites members of the LGBT Chamber to join them on Wednesday, June 5 at 6:00 p.m. to hear from contemporary artist Tom Knechtel. He will deliver a lecture, followed by an opening reception (with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine) at the museum. The event is free and open to the public.
Knechtel is a gay man whose artwork overtly references his personal sexual orientation and human sexuality and desire in general. He is very interested in creating a participatory and immersive viewing experience which allows individuals to map their personal narratives onto his paintings. He has said that he recognizes this process of translation as one to which gay people are accustomed, that is, that gay men and lesbians often transpose heterosexual narratives to fit or resemble their own lives.
His paintings juxtapose beautifully rendered, naturalistic imagery of humans and animals with elaborately detailed ornamentation and abstract elements. These carefully orchestrated spectacles are rife with meaning, and Knechtel’s wide ranging interests in various genres of theater, from puppet to kabuki, and literature, from poetry to folklore, inform his aesthetic choices. The ironic and open ended narratives that unfold in his paintings can be considered embodiments of Knechtel’s imagination and personal experience, in which fantasy and reality are compressed and complex issues of identity, artifice, sexuality, morality, and memory are explored.
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