“A Beautiful Indiscretion” Photo Collages by Joseph Abbati

Sun, Sep 16, 2018 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Strut Third Floor
470 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Baruch Porras Hernandez

Join us for a Seasonal Art Show Reception.

Our featured artist for the Seasonal Art Show on the first and third floors of Strut is Joseph Abbati. We are exhibiting his newest show titled “A Beautiful Indiscretion” and you are all invited to this Opening Reception. Join us for some light snacks, a cup of wine and some great queer art.
This event is free, and all are welcome.

Artist Statement:
“A Beautiful Indiscretion” is a documentation consisting of two collages of 1600 photos selected from over 50,000 photos I have posted on Tumblr. It began as a blog started over 8 years ago about gay erotica, fetishes, and male beauty. I curated these posts appropriated from other Tumblr blogs into a series of ten-photo narratives. The themes in these narratives are diverse and investigate subjects such as sneaker fetishes, hairy asses, gay love, big dicks, vintage men, gingers, bdsm, leather, beards, buttholes, pissing, skinny boys, disabled jocks, trans men, cowboys, and many more subjects GBTQ men are obsessed with. Each photo has been cropped, color corrected, or made black & white to focus on the figure or subject matter. The collages include narratives reading in vertical strips, much like the navigation on Tumblr.

“Linemen” is a new series of acrylic paintings on canvas exhibited on the first floor gallery. The subjects of the paintings were inspired by Instagram influencers. The loopy-lined figures of young male posers represent the swag, attitude, and stance of these would-be influencers. Seen here, they become an artistic expression of social media’s obsession with self.

Artist Bio:
Joseph Abbati has lived in San Francisco for forty years. His professional background includes fashion and graphic design, creative direction, photography, and art. In 2017, he presented a one-man exhibit, “LARGER THAN LIFE”, at the Strut Gallery featuring eight San Francisco drag queens he photographed and made into tapestry portraits. The office of Senator Scott Wiener then invited him to exhibit “LARGER THAN LIFE” in June for Pride month at his State Building Office. In October of 2017, he began curating art exhibits for the office of Senator Scott Wiener. The first exhibit was titled “Housing” and included eighteen Bay Area artists examining housing in San Francisco. It was followed by a “Nite Life” themed exhibit featuring 25 artists in March 2018. For Pride month 2018, Joseph curated an exhibit called “Queerky” featuring 22 LGBTQ artists. In September of 2018, in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit, he is curating an exhibit looking at climate change. This September 2018 Joseph’s paintings will be shown at a group exhibit entitled “Friendly Fire” at the Wessling Gallery, San Francisco. He also has contributed artwork to be auctioned for Art for AIDS, Visual Aids, and Pulse: Acts of Love and Kindness.