Please join us for the opening reception of Queering the Lines: Rebecca Levi – Thread & Ink
The exhibition will run from Friday, December 5th, 2014-February 1, 2015.
Rebecca Levi will talk about her work with John Chaich, curator of the recent exhibition Queer Threads, on Wednesday, January 14, at 7 PM, at the Bureau. Stay tuned for more details.
My thread-based and pen & ink work is influenced by images in found photography, mid-century magazines, and 1970s porn. In my embroidered portraits, I subvert the norms of the medium with the unexpected, inviting a playful collision between traditional handicrafts and the untraditional themes of queer identity and gender performativity. In my Bear Series, I reinterpret the art of vintage homoerotic physique magazines for contemporary “bear” gay male culture, substituting hirsute and hefty for smooth and svelte. In Wrestling Girls and the Bad Romance Series, I explore the dynamics of female desire and hidden queer histories from vintage pin-up pics and mid-century romance comics. Other pieces in the show play with source material from news reels, statuary, and internet memes.
Rebecca Levi is a New York City born and based artist. She received her BA from McGill University in Montreal. Her embroidery and pen-and-ink work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions including “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community” at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (New York), Soho Gallery for Digital Art (New York), Four Eleven Studio (Provincetown), Deluca Gallery (New York pop-up), Galapagos Art Space (Brooklyn), and Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Arts Projects (Toronto). Her embroidered work “Breakfast Boy” is one of the artworks featured in the just released Play Smart trading card series from Visual AIDS. www.rebeccalevi.com