September Painting Salon
- Wednesday, September, 2017
For the second September in a row, FraenkelLAB generously hosted talks by James Gobel and Josh Faught.
630pm- Mix and Mingle
7:45pm Josh Faught
First up was James Gobel who spoke about influences of pop-culture, the LGBTQ culture of California, and art history. Gobel utilizes a variety of materials in his work including felt, yarn and paint to create lavish works depicting large gay men, known as "bears", to shed light on a marginalized body type within gay community. Gobel works from the personal, using the self-portrait and portraits of friends as entry points into the subject matter. A subject so personal for Gobel, he also describes intentionally gaining 35 pounds in a performative and assertive tribute. Works are often made in the stye of a specific genre, or reference material and signatures also reflect an homage to these influences. See the comparison between Otto Dix and Gobel's self portrait below. In newer works, text and abstraction make their way into the work. Gobel brings a sensuality into his paintings and the softness of materials helps ground that sensuality into the tangible. The paintings are as much critique as they are celebration and politics are ever present.
After the break we heard from Josh Faught who spoke about mining the archives of queer history in the Bay Area as fodder for the intricate woven textile pieces he creates. In addition, Faught also uses his own experiences navigating relationships within the gay community, which he then brings into the work. By utilizing many personal and underground histories and combining them with references to the domestic, the decorative and ornamentation....his work serves to unearth the complex relationships between the sentimental, the humorous, dysfunction, and tragedy in a thoroughly thoughtful way. His work often combines collected objects and memorabilia to situate the work within, and make a commentary on, the archives and cultural significance of being a member of queer communities "then" and "now".