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Where Do We Go From Here: HIV/AIDS-Related Art and Activism

RICHARD SPEER
Wednesday April 17
Cock Gallery
625 NW Everett St., No. 106
 
Owner/curator Paul Soriano’s run of conceptually and visually engaging shows continues with Where Do We Go From Here: HIV/AIDS-Related Art and Activism. This 16-person exhibition considers the differences in how people of different generations experience the history and present reality of HIV and AIDS. Despite the somber theme, the show is awash in visual pleasure, especially in video installations by Ryan Conrad and Jason Fritz. Conrad collages archival imagery from the deadly height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, and poses a question to his young LGBT peers: What would it have been like to lose, say, 50 of your closest friends to the disease? And Fritz, taking his cue from a classic 1991 performance piece, conjures incongruously beautiful imagery of a teddy bear being ritualistically burned. It’s a metaphor for innocence lost, but with its seductively blurry cinematography, it’s also a pure optical treat. Through April 28.

 



Where: Cock Gallery
Phone: 552-8686
Address: 625 NW Everett St., No. 106

 
 

Cock Gallery

625 NW Everett St., No. 106
Portland, OR
97208
 
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