“Physique and Fantasy” Opening Reception for the art of Oscar Gallegos Zamora

Fri, Dec 1, 2017 8:00pm - 10:00pm
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Baruch Porras Hernandez

Join us December 1st for our last Art Opening of 2017! Where did the time fly? We have had a great year, and couldn’t be happier to have Oscar Gallegos Zamora as our artist for December.  The Art at Strut program has been exhibiting the work of a local Gay or Queer artist once a month for over 14 years, and we are looking forward to this upcoming exhibition “Physic and Fantasy!”

The Art Opening starts at 8 PM sharp, and will go till 10 PM. Free drinks and light snacks will be provided

There will be a special appearance from out Positive Force program! Have you heard of Positive Force? Positive Force creates a supportive community for HIV Positive people, through informative events, social events, and one on one support.

Artist Statement 
Physique & Fantasy is a series of collage shadow boxes that depict muscular men from vintage bodybuilding magazines, modern-day gay magazines, and the internet placed in their own dreamworlds.  The series was originally inspired by the many vintage bodybuilding magazines that were coded gay media which carefully avoided breaking the obscenity laws of the time. I wanted to create compositions that juxtapose the strong masculinity and sexuality of the bodybuilding magazines against lighthearted and feminine elements like cartoon backdrops and glitter-coated props. The idea to convert the collages into shadow boxes come from a visit to the Walt Disney Family Museum where I was inspired by the multilayer process used for cell animation. My collages are an homage to the complicated history of gay media and the great artwork that can be created when the male gaze is combined with a love for kitsch, camp, and queer aesthetics.

About the Artist 
Oscar Gallegos Zamora is a gay collage and assemblage artist whose interests include magical girls anime, classic Americana kitsch, and vintage gay porn. He spent his childhood in the suburbs of Los Angeles and Orange County after immigrating to the United States from Mexico. He moved to San Francisco in 2010 to study fine art at City College and then SFSU. He lives in Duboce Triangle in a tiny, rent-controlled, Victorian fainting parlor that he plans to cling to until he dies. As a child, he was influenced by Orange County’s surfing and beach culture along with the all-encompassing and almost cult-like world of Disneyland fanatics. Every Summer his family would make the pilgrimage back to his hometown of Comala, Mexico where he was influenced by the home-made Catholic altars dedicated to saints and lost loved ones in every home. His artwork plays with the concepts of masculinity and femininity while exploring his complicated love/hate relationship with both. His artwork looks at sexuality as something that can and should be fun, silly and fabulous.

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