“Shelf Life” Art Reception for the Work of Dominic L. Garcia

November 19, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Strut Third Floor
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Baruch Porras Hernandez

Join us to celebrate the art of Dominic L. Garcia! His photography is being exhibited on our first and third floor galleries at Strut till the beginning of January. So come on by, Sunday, November 19th at 4pm we will have some light drinks and snacks, free, all are welcome.

After a long day working in retail, most people can’t wait to punch the clock. Sometimes I, on the other hand, decide to stay after my shift and stage photos. Inspired by some of the great performance artists of the 1960s, I adopt the practice of using my body to convey ideas. After stripping off all my clothes, remote shutter in hand, I climb into a glass case, onto a shelf, or paint half my body. Some photos are inspired by various Greek stories and motifs. The classical nude poses are over-dramatized situations of a figure contorted in tight spaces. These are in proximity to contemporary objects; they express my ideas of obedience, labor, vulnerability, and commercialism. By integrating a nude figure with clothes as shackles or weights, the images ask the viewer to question their relationship to commonly purchased objects.

Dominic Garcia, a native of New Mexico and Arizona, graduated with his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in May 2014. Since then, he has been proud to call San Francisco his home. Retail slave by day, artist by night, this young, queer, brown, twenty-something has a particular interest in finding ways to document the idea of being an outsider, being a newcomer, and more importantly, being oppressed. Through creative documentation and staging this artist spends all his time thinking about how illustrate the story of those who are seeking and needing understanding, social acceptance, and human kindness.

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