Friday, May 28, 2010
Jason Rodgers Father Figures Exhibit
Last Tuesday I headed down to Envoy Gallery in the Lower East Side for a very special opening. My handsome friend Jason Rodgers was having his first photo exhibit and I was happy to support him. Ok, and another reason was, I was in the show!
Jason is the photo editor at Out Magazine and has been a friend for several years. He is one of the smartest and funniest men I know and always is up for a good time. He's one of those people you see and you get that warm fuzzy and you just want to squeeze him for eternity. No shade, no bad vibes, no sorrow, just glitter and baseball caps.
He asked us all to pose last winter and of course the day I agreed to trek out to Brooklyn was blizzard central! But no worries, it was a pleasure to sit for him and of course to visit with his roommate LadyFag
As the artists statement explains: Through the use of repetition and a consistent setting and lighting environment, background details retreat allowing Rodgers's subjects to engage the viewer in intimate moments characterized by gestures that range from the coy to the awkward to the mundane. Furthermore, the wide range of subjects (friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers) reveals the many levels at which personal preference and attraction may be manifested.
I'm not an artist and I rarely understand artists statements but I will tell you in layman's terms that when I asked Jason what this show was all about he said, "It's men who I look up to and some who I have crushes on." Now that's what I'm talking about!
Regardless, I'm proud of him and hope the show does well.
The opening was very funny, everyone looking to see who was there who was in the show and how long they could stare at their own picture without someone snickering.
In typical Jason fashion we celebrated at Envoy from 8-10, at the VMan party from 10-1 and at Beige from 1-3. Well done babe!