I'm showing my "Censorship" photos tonight in the group show "Philadelphia Out of Phase", curated by my friend Justin Samson at Bodega Gallery in Philly. I've chosen these particular images in response to the recent censorship of David Wojnarowicz's piece "A Fire in My Belly, A Work in Progress (1986-87)," a film made in part about the AIDS-related death of the artist's colleague and lover Peter Hujar, to have been included in the"Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. The piece was removed entirely when religious rights activists insisted the work was "hate speech" and an attack on Christianity, funding was threatened so the piece was removed with what seems like no fight whatsoever. While my images were originally censored by me for the sole purpose of putting online for my friends, I worked in a way that mocked the system of censorship, emphasizing the ridiculousness of such a hate and shame fueling act and how it ultimately draws more attention to the disapproved of issues/imagery at hand than if left alone. Even after censoring these images to mainstream standards, the Facebook police still found images to delete that were deemed too "inappropriate" for the public eye. I will show the series in it's entirety and hope to add to the current discussion on censorship with a work perspective that is honest, self and mutual loving, and funny. For more info on the show click HERE
If yall are in the Buffalo area come to this!! Come to me!
LOGAN WHITE :: BAD MANOR
curated by Liz Rywelski
Logan White is, perhaps, the most prolific independent pictorialist of her generation. At age 26, Logan has produced nearly 20 separate full bodies of work unpacking and constructing her own theories of spiritual abandon, empowerment, and applied or embodied femininity. Logan maintains a blog, www.psychicsunset.blogspot.org, which renders self-contextualization and serves to educate her online following. Along with her art photography and blog, Logan has seen commercial success; recently with her Urban Outfitters Look-Book for Spring Summer 2010, www.loganwhitephoto.com
The images presented in BAD MANOR resonate with an inherited knowledge of feminist propaganda. We observe a still defeated, self-entangled, gender assignment, figuring out how to play the finite game. Gothic content in the work of Logan White will alert you to that something has gone truly fucked up in her passionate maintenance of feminist history and secular abandon. Yet these images are intrinsically fertile, as a product of Logan’s working and inspired relationships with her longtime friend’s and model’s. This selected series of images present a dark, selectively saturated game space, where always seductive and sometimes dusty, hang in metaphoric and atmospheric unison.
BAD MANOR, as self-assigned and infinite in unison, the undefeatable game, the maintenance, we will call it BAD MANOR.