Join us for a conversation with visual artist Devan Shimoyama and writer Emily Colucci on the occasion of Shimoyama’s first solo exhibition at De Buck Gallery, Sweet. The exhibition marks the gallery’s new representation of the artist.
This evening is hosted by De Buck Gallery. RSVP is essential via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devan Shimoyama (b. 1989, Philadelphia) is a visual artist working primarily in the realm of self-portraiture and narratives inspired by classical mythology and allegory. Shimoyama seeks to depict the black queer male body as both desirable and desirous. Exploring the mystery in the process of understanding his origins and also investigating the politics of queer culture, his work showcases the relationship between celebration and silence in both queer culture and sexuality. Shimoyama’s composition is inspired from the canons of the masters Caravaggio and Goya, adding a more contemporary expression and unique sensuality. Through the use of materials including splattered paint, stencils, black glitter, rhinestones, and sequins, Shimoyama creates pieces that capture the intangible magic of the human spirit.
Emily Colucci is an arts writer, curator and co-founder of Filthy Dreams, an award-winning blog analyzing art and culture through a queer lens and a touch of camp. Emily is the recipient of the 2016 Creative Capital|Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Filthy Dreams. Writing for catalogues, print magazines and online publications, Emily has contributed to VICE Magazine, Art Papers Magazine, POZ Magazine, Salon, LA Review of Books, Flaunt Magazine, Art F City, among others. She recently curated the group exhibition Night Fever at Pittsburgh’s Future Tenant, focusing on disco and its aesthetic legacy. Previously, she co- curated Visual AIDS’s annual exhibition Party Out Of Bounds: Nightlife As Activism Since 1980 at LaMaMa Galleria, as well as its satellite installation Courtship Disorder by John Walter in London’s White Cubicle Toilet Gallery at the late George & Dragon Pub.
For more information, please contact the gallery at +1 212 255 5735.