Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 12:00pm
Chicago artist Edie Fake presents a site-specific wall drawing in the stairwell of The Drawing Center lobby. Fake’s installation is the fourth in a series following Inka Essenhigh’s Manhattanhenge (April 2018–August 2019), Gary Simmons’s Ghost Reels (October 2016–February 2018), and Abdelkader Benchamma’s Dark Matter (April 2015–August 2016).
At The Drawing Center, Fake realizes his architectural fantasies in an actual built space. Overlaying an imagined maze-like architectural façade onto the walls of the stairwell, Fake turns the liminal space into an homage to the Labyrinth Foundation, an early organization for trans men established in the late 1960s in Chicago. The elaborate façade dissolves into the same winding patterns and paths that populate Fake’s individual drawings, a reference to the myriad unmapped territories and paths through trans identity.
Edie Fake (b. 1980, Chicago) is known for his drawings of architecture, both real and visionary, that represent what the artist calls “Queer Space.” Using kaleidoscopic color schemes and vibrating maze-like motifs, Fake creates psychical maps of spaces in which LGBTQ+ communities traditionally sought out self-identification. Simultaneously bold and disorienting, Fake’s eclectic drawings function as visual metaphors for the experience of LGBTQ+ identity, which can be both empowering and destabilizing.
Exhibition Date: October 11, 2019 - September 19, 2021
Sunday, Apr 11, 2021 at 4:00pm Eastern Time
Tuesday, Apr 13, 2021 at 10:00am Eastern Time
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2021 at 7:00pm Eastern Time
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