Agitprop presents “Second Thoughts From Normal Heights”, an exhibition of recent work by emerging photographer Andrew Printer.
“Second Thoughts From Normal Heights” comprises two series of images addressing themes of gay male representation, queer identity and gay assimilation. In addition to premiering his photographs in San Diego, Printer invites the community to engage with the themes that motivate his work by participating in a free writing workshop facilitated by Rob Williams (a local writer and popular writing instructor – rsvp required) followed by a public reading.
The primary series of images being exhibited at Agitprop is Second Thoughts From Normal Heights, from which the exhibition takes its name. Each of 12 photographs lifts a convoluted gesture, pose or tactic employed by a homosexual photographer of the twentieth century in the name of desire and drops it into a variety of domestic spaces in Normal Heights.
Printer says: “Many of these once plausible strategies (designed to circumvent censure by adhering to codes of Art, fitness or social documentation look profoundly peculiar to me. Equally peculiar to me is the recent, adamant drift of the broader LGBT community toward “respectability” as it aims to assimilate into hetero-normative structures at the expense of its own history. For me there is something inauthentic and awkward at the root of this drive. Desire has gone. Domesticity reigns. Alternative possibilities are long forgotten.”
Also on view is “Men in White Towels”, a series of photographs depicting men lost in the streets and alleys of San Diego. The photographs were inspired by the closure of Club 2200 (aka: the Mustang Spa), a bright pink bathhouse on University Ave. that catered to gay men in San Diego for many years.
Andrew Printer’s photographs and video work have been exhibited in group, juried and solo shows in both Europe and across the United States. Images from Second Thoughts From Normal Heights have been selected into important juried shows in Sacramento, New Mexico and Long Beach. Printer obtained his undergraduate degree in Film & Media Studies at the University of Stirling in Scotland. He is currently pursuing an MFA at the University of California, Irvine.
Images are attached to this press release. Interviews and additional information about the writing workshop and reading is available by contacting Andrew Printer at 619 252-9711 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibition Dates: August 8 – September 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 8; 6-9p
Writing Workshop (rsvp necessary): Saturday, August 15; 11a-4p
Closing Reception/Readings: Saturday, September 12; 6-9p
(Free Public Readings scheduled for: 7-8:30p)
2837 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92104
(entrance on Utah Street)
Agitprop phone: 619-384-7989
Writing Workshop RSVP: email@example.com
opening and closing receptions and by appointment