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In the Tina Dolter Gallery
OMG IT’S IRMAGERD!
Join us and special guest Irma Gerd to celebrate Jason Wells’ solo exhibition “Irmagraphy”
This exhibition runs May 9th – June 1st with the reception on May 10th from 7pm-9pm.
What the artist says about IRMAGRAPHY
There is great beauty in carving your own path in life and I aim to capture even a small bit of that. From sexual deviants to drag queens; Non-binary individuals, artists, and self-celebrated weirdo’s – my work celebrates queer people who live non-traditional lives. I am a Drag Queen and I have performed at all kinds of venues with all types of people. From the pansexual sex clubs of Toronto to the dusty aisles of a St John’s Metrobus on a cool, 7am morning. I am not the kind of person who works ‘nine to five just to stay alive’.
As a Drag Queen I spend hours painting my face only for it to last a single evening, being remembered in feeble memories or disappearing snapchat photos scattered across strangers cellphones. I was exploring alternative documentation of my paintings, and created a process of mono printing that I call have chosen to call ‘Irmagraphy’, after my drag character ‘Irma Gerd’. Late at night after each performance, I would go to the printshop to capture my face in this method. Meticulously taking off my paint with a makeup wipe while trying to keep the image it intact, the wipe would then be run through the press to transfer the makeup onto paper.
The ‘Irmagraphy’ process has become just as much of a performance as it is documentation. The act of capturing a fleeting temporal state stems from a deep sadness I feel over the loss of many Queer artists who were taken too soon. The stories have been erased from history of people who were forced to deny their true selves, people we lost to HIV and AIDS, people we lost to hatred, bigotry, and violence. I document my face to remind myself that I am here, and I am living unapologetically. To remind others that we are here and we live unapologetically. This is a political act. This is evidence
About the Artist
Jason Wells is a multimedia artist from Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. He currently works in St John’s, NL as a Printmaker and Alternative Drag Performer.
He is interested in creating tangible pieces of Queer History to ensure that our stories do not fall from memory as they have many times in the past. Wells uses any medium that is readily available to make his work, combining the art of drag with traditional fine art.
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