Queer Portraits

JJ Levine, Cam from the series Queer Portraits, 2012

Queer Portraits, In the vitrines at Gallery 44

Queer Portraits, In the vitrines at Gallery 44

Queer Portraits

Friday, May 3, 2013 to Saturday, June 15, 2013
Opening Reception:
May 3,
6:00PM to 9:00PM
About the Exhibition: 

Queer Portraits is an ongoing series of large-scale colour photographs of Levine’s community in Montreal, capturing the complex emotional relationships of the artist with his friends, lovers, and siblings. Each portrait is taken in a different domestic setting, characterized by saturated colours, and often discursive backgrounds. Using professional lighting and a medium format film camera, Levine creates a studio within each home environment, and intentionally places every piece of furniture and object that appears within the frame. These settings are intended to raise questions regarding private queer space as a realm for the development of community and the expression of genders and sexualities that are often marginalized within the public sphere.

More images from JJ Levine's series Queer Portraits will be on display at Gladstone Hotel's Art Bar:

Wednesday, May 1 to Friday, May 31, 2013
12- 5pm daily

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4th, 7 - 10pm

Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen St W
Toronto, Ontario


Artist Biography: 

JJ Levine is a Montreal-based artist who works in intimate portraiture. Levine received a BFA in Photography and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality from Concordia University. Levine's work has been exhibited in artist-run centres, commercial galleries, art festivals and academic conferences across Canada, the United States, and Europe. As well, Levine has guest lectured for several university courses and has been featured in Gender Studies journals and art photography magazines internationally.