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Visiting Artist Lecture: Cobi Moules and Cupid Ojala
March 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cobi Moules and Cupid Ojala will be lecturing back to back on Monday, March 20th in the Commons Theatre in the University Student Commons.
Cobi Moules’ artist statement:
Explorations of my queer and transgender identity are the focus of my work. The complexity of my individual experience is navigated through documentation, the subtle re-imagining of my physicality, and the creation of fantasy worlds. I playfully explore multifaceted notions of the self, autonomy, and gratification. My work reflects on art historical representation of both portraiture and 19th century American landscape painting. I use these traditions as a way of seeking inclusion; creating a space for personal significance and a queer presence.
Cupid Ojala’s artist statement:
Through drawing, performance and bookmaking the work focuses on the visibility of queer bodies, tropes of masculinity and exploration of erotic territory as experienced in a transgendered body. The masculine and erotic emerge as re-organized bodies and symbols of masculinity such as facial hair, body hair, and phallus. Humor and “play” acts as a filter for my observations into the undisclosed aspects of identity and desire to the uninitiated. As a playful critique of social conventions the explorer becomes the voyeur, body hair forms the space of the individual and the male authority figure displays vulnerability.
Cobi and Cupid will also have a two person show at the Iridian Gallery at Diversity Richmond. The show will open with a reception on Friday, March 17 from 7 – 9pm.
This event is funded by the VCUarts Inclusion Infusion Initiative. The initiative funds visiting artists, designers, performers and scholars whose work offers a catalyst for student dialogue about diverse aspects of identity–culture, class, race, gender, sexuality, religion. For other Inclusion Infusion events, search “Inclusion” on the VCUarts calendar.