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In a Different Light


The works in this group represent an expanding circle of communal pleasure and sexual freedom. Among the many challenges that the experiences of gay men and lesbians have posed to the status quo, one of the most significant is their experimentation with a wide variety of sexual practices. While the majority of gay men and lesbians may remain in fairly conventional, monogamous sexual relationships, others within these communities have embraced their socially marginal status, welcoming the opportunity to overthrow what are perceived as Puritanical sexual norms.

The orgiastic quality of these artworks evokes not only sexual freedom but, equally, a sense of broad social and intellectual experimentation, fueled by a conviction that gregariousness, complexity, and pleasure are inherently positive. The complexity and mutability of sexual experience itself is emerging as a significant new theme in the work of a younger generation of artists, many of whom feel far less compelled to conform to a stable and "politically correct" identity.

Lari Pittman
Untitled, #36 (A Decorated Chronology of Insistence and Resignation), 1994
Acrylic, enamel on wood panel
36 x 24 in.
Private Collection

Tee A. Corrine
#27 (Yantras of Womanlove), 1982
Collage of manipulated photographs on rag board
9 x 15 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Monica Majoli
Untitled, 1990
Oil on wood
12 x 12 in.
Courtesy of the artist

Sally Elesby
Surface Decoration, Drawing Without Paper - Stool, 1993
Wire, colored glue and decoration
12 x 12 x 12 in.
Lent by Food House