Forthcoming: Come Out & Play

Preview: Saturday 18 June (1-4pm)
Exhibition: 19 June – 16 July 2022
Curated by Andrew Salgado

With forthcoming exhibition text by Russell Tovey

Participating Artists:

Adam Baker * Paul Booth * Katherine Bradford * J. Carino * Giorgio Celin * Wenjie Ding * KEEYA * Kris Knight * Navot Miller * Andrew Moncrief * Gori Mora * Emily Oliveira * Ally Rosenberg * Logan T. Sibrel * Krzysztof Strzelecki * Caleb Yono

The purpose of Come Out & Play is to celebrate internationally-based LGBTQ+ artists whose work is primarily concerned with – but not limited to – queer themes. Each of the included artists prioritizes a bold approach to their practice through work that is celebratory, challenging, and progressive. The artists included present queerness as manifest through colour and play, a subject matter free from taboo or shame, and a greater practice that responds to the contemporary ideology of what it means to be a queer artist in society. Included works are primarily in – but not limited to – the form of figurative painting. The exhibition also hopes to introduce lesser-known LGBTQ+ artists alongside mid-career or more established artists at work today.

ADAM BAKER (b. 1991, Ipswich, UK) currently lives and works in London. Baker completed his studies at the Wimbledon College of Art in 2015. Prior to this he studied at Parsons Paris, The New School 2011. Residencies include: SPACE Patrons & Friends (London) in 2018/19 and; Can7 (Formentera, Spain) in 2019. Past exhibitions include: Further from Heaven, Guise collective, London, (2019); Let us in: together, Clichy Paris (2019) and; QUEER ART(ists) NOW, Archive Gallery, Rose Lipman Building (2018).

PAUL BOOTH (b. 1978, Akron, Ohio) currently lives and works in New York City. He studied printmaking at Arizona State University, graduating in 2002. Duane Thomas Gallery presented Two by Two, the artist’s New York solo debut in 2022. Booth’s works have also been exhibited at NADA Miami (2020).

KATHERINE BRADFORD (b. 1942, New York, USA) currently lives and works in New York. Bradford completed an MFA at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, New York in 1987. Exhibitions have been held at: MoMA P.S.1, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, New York; Crystal Bridges Museum, Arkansas; The Nerman Museum, Kansas; the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum, Skidmore College, New York. Bradford’s work is held in prestigious collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum; the Dallas Museum of Art; the Menil Collection, Houston; the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park and; the Portland Museum of Art, Maine. Bradford received a Guggenheim Award in 2010 and a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant in 2011 and two awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

J. CARINO (b. 1988, Colorado, USA) currently lives and works in Riverside, California, USA. Carino studied for his BFA at Parsons; The New School, completing his studies in 2011. Exhibitions include: A Species of Writing – Works on Paper, Auxier/Kline, NY (2021); Mana Exhibit,Fluffy Crimes, Chicago, IL (2021); Summer Stage: Act 2, Auxier/Kline, NY (2021); Summer Stage: Act 1 Auxier/Kline, NY (2021); Eye Candy, WB Gallery (Online) (2021); Queer Art Benefit, The LGBT Center (Online) (2020), NY and; Art Pride International, (Online) (2020).

GIORGIO CELIN (b. 1986, Barranquilla, Colombia) currently lives and works in Barcelona, Spain. Solo exhibitions include: El Bolero Fue Mi Ruina, Taymour Grahne Projects (2021); Las Olas, Eve Leibe Gallery, London (2021) and; PÁJAROS DEL ATLÁNTICO, Eve Leibe Gallery, London (2021). Group exhibitions include: PAPERWORKS, NBB Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2022); Eve Presents #2, Eve Leibe Gallery, London (2022); IN US WE TRUST, Breach, Miami (2021); Hidden Message, Gallery Func, Shanghai, China (2021); Oh Baby, Breach, Miami (2021) and; Transcendental Group Exhibition, Cuturi Gallery, Singapore (2021).

WENJIE DING (b. 1967, Shanghai, China) currently lives and works in Dali, in the Yunnan province of China. Prior to focusing on painting full time in 2016, Ding worked in fashion design in Beijing.

KEEYA (b. Khia Poitier) is a multimedia artist and performer based in Nassau, Bahamas. Her diverse approach to art making includes digital + analog collage, painting, music, and motion media. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has exhibited at galleries in The Bahamas, The United States, and Germany.

KRIS KNIGHT (b. 1980, Canada) currently lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Knight completed his studies in Drawing and Painting (with Curating and Criticism) at the Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto in 2003. Solo exhibitions include: Auscultate, Galerie Nicolas Robert, Montréal, Canada (2020); A Little Time Out, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France (2019); Throwing Shadows, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France (2016) and; Never-Never, Mulherin, Toronto, Canada (2015). Group exhibitions and fairs include: The Own In The Foreign, Museum Bensheim, Benshiem, Germany (2022); Art Paris with Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France (2022); Vase, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France (2021); Art Paris with Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris France (2021); Male, Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart, Germany (2019); A Portrait Show, VIVIANART, Calgary, Canada (2019) and; As I Like, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, France (2019).

NAVOT MILLER (b. 1991, Afula, Israel) currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Navot is studying at Weissensee Art School, Berlin, Germany and is due to graduate in 2022. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Everyone I’ve Ever Known’, Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Salzburg, Austria (2021). Group exhibitions include: ‘CHRONICLES 3’, Galerie Droste, Berlin, Germany (2021); ‘Visible Spectrum’, Projektraum 145, Berlin, Germany (2021); ‘The Invitational I’, Unit 1 Gallery, London, UK (2020); ‘You Can Do Better’, Elektrohalle Rhomberg, Salzburg, Vienna (2020); ‘Against the Wall’, HVW8 Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2020) and; ‘Juden Rein’, Werkstattgalerie, Berlin, Germany (2019). Fairs include: ‘Misa Discoveries’, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2021); ‘Messe In St. Agnes’, König Galerie, Berlin, Germany (2021) and; ‘Thessaloniki Queer Arts Festival’, Thessaloniki, Greece (2020).

ANDREW MONCRIEF (b. 1987, Vancouver Island, Canada) currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany. Moncrief completed his BFA in Painting and Drawing at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada in 2013. Prior to this he completed a Fine Art Diploma at North Island College, Comox, British Columbia in 2007. Solo exhibitions include: Viral Bodies, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, USA (2021); Put on a Happy Face, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, USA (2019); Man Enough, Youn Gallery, Montreal, Canada (2018); Losing Face, Never Apart, Montreal, Canada (2017) and; A Strange Feeling, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA (2016). Group exhibitions include: Lines in the Snow: Canadian contemporary Drawing, New Art Projects, London (2022); Figuratively Speaking, Am Tacheles curated by Amir Fattal, Berlin, Germany (2021); Natural Habitat, On Center Gallery, Provincetown, USA (2019); Late Summer Group Show; On Center Gallery, Provincetown, USA (2018) and; FLORA, Youn Gallery, Montreal, Canada (2017).

GORI MORA (b. 1992, Mallorca, Spain) currently works and lives in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2011 Mora moved to Barcelona to study his degree in Fine Arts at Barcelona University. In 2017 he moved to Glasgow to study the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art. After completing his Master’s programme he was awarded by the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh with the Scholarship John Kinross, to spend a period of research in Florence. Mora has exhibited his works with: Tuesday to Friday Gallery, Valencia, Spain (2022); the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK (2021); BEERS London Gallery, London, UK (2021); V2React, Miami, US (2020); AIR Gallery, Manchester, UK (2020); TRAMWAY, Glasgow, UK (2019); AN Contemporary Art Festival, Mallorca, Spain (2019 and 2016); Casa de Cultura, Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain (2019); Museum and Art Collection, Porreres, Mallorca, Spain (2017); Konvent Punt Zero, Cultural Center of Art, Barcelona, Spain (2016) and MUTUO, Cultural Center of Art, Barcelona, Spain (2015). His project My Florence Souvenir is part of the Royal Scottish Academy of Edinburgh collection, UK (2018).

EMILY OLIVEIRA (b. 1990, USA) currently lives and works in New York. Oliveira is currently studying for an MFA at the Yale School of Art. Previously Oliveira completed a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013. Solo exhibitions include: What a Glory to be So Euphoric and Weak, LaMama Galleria New York (2022); Red Velvet, Orange Crush, Geary Contemporary, New York (2022); I Saw God and She Wasn’t Made of Money, BRIC, New York (2021); Mundo Irrealis, Vox Populi, Philadelphia (2019); The Party Es Para Todos, The Java Project, New York (2019) and; Dick Van Dick: Everything Louder Than Everything Else, Soho20 Gallery, New York (2018). Group exhibitions include: By Tomorrow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, New Haven (2022); Out, 1969 Gallery New York, New York (2021); if still ourselves, a thing to become, Baik + Khneysser, Los Angeles (2021); Other Worlds, UICA Grand Rapids, Michigan (2021); even there, there are stars, CUE Art Foundation, New York (2021); Scylla, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro (2020) and; Love 2020 Perfect Visions, LeRoy Neiman Gallery Columbia University, New York (2020).

ALLY ROSENBERG (b. 1991, Manchester, UK) currently lives and works in London. Rosenberg completed a master class at the Zabludowicz Collection in 2020. Prior to this he studied MSc Neuroscience, Language and Communication at UCL in 2014. Rosenberg also completed a BA in Fine Art at Central St. Martins in 2013. Forthcoming solo exhibitions to be held at Plain Gallery, Milan and; Dio Horia Gallery, Athens (2022). Solo exhibitions include: On Solid Ground, Bomb Factory Foundation, London (2021). Group exhibitions include: The Fiction, Gallery Func, Shanghai (2021); Bums, Dio Horia Gallery/Skip Gallery, Mykonos (2021); Origin, Delphian Gallery, London (2021); Five Hides, Thorp Stavri, London (2021); Much too Shy, A.I.R Gallery, Altrincham (2021) and; Reinventing the Future, Plain Gallery, Milan (2021).

LOGAN T. SIBREL (b. 1986, Jasper, USA) currently lives and works in New York, USA. Sibrel completed an MFA at the Parsons New School for Design, New York in 2011. Prior to this he completed a BFA at Indiana University, Bloomington in 2009. Solo exhibitions include: Brake For Your Sweetheart, Auxier Kline, New York (2022); 2 Nite Yr Mine, Auxier Kline, New York (2021); Shade, 1969 Gallery, New York (2020); Better Loser, Leslie-Lohman Project Space, New York (2019) and; Now I’m in that Place Again…, The Captain’s Daughters, Provincetown (2018). Group exhibitions include: Das Eigene im Fremden, Museum Bensheim, Bensheim, Germany (2022); IRL, Auxier Kline, New York (2021); Nice to See You Again, Underdonk, New York (2021); A Species of Writing, Auxier Kline, New York (2021); RETOUR DE FLAMME, 342 Rue des Pyrénées, Paris, France (2021) and; Palazzo Monti: Transatlantico, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City (2020).

KRZYSZTOF STRZELECKI (b. 1993, Świdnica, Poland) currently alternates between Świdnica and London. Strzelecki completed his BA at Camberwell, University of the Arts London, graduating in 2019. Previous group exhibitions include ‘Love my way #2’ at the 35th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories at Villa Noailles, France (2020) and; ‘Queer Art at Camberwell’, Camberwell Student Gallery, London (2019).

CALEB YONO (b. 1981, Detroit, USA) currently lives and works in Chicago, USA. Yono completed their MFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago/Painting and Drawing in 2015. Prior to this they completed a BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2007. Solo exhibitions include: 2022 Interdimensional Femmes, James Fuentes, New York (2022) and; Sarafemme, Produce Model, Chicago (2018). Group exhibitions include: Drawers, Adult Contemporary, Nashville (2022); THEM, Roots and Culture, Chicago (2022); Without Batten,Without Skin, Baby Blue, Chicago (2018) and; Council, Andrew Rafacz, Chicago (2017).