Image Caption: Prominent details of the painting, "Towards a Gay Communism, Work 1, (homage to the landmark writings of Mario Mieli), 2020; and installed in the group exhibition "Pride: Diversity, Identity, History" co-curated by Orestes Gonzalez and Efrem Zelony-Mindell at Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City June 03July 25, 2021.

 
 
Image Caption: Click the image above to view the exhibition page for "III" on the Equity Gallery website.
 
 

III, a 3-artist exhibition at Equity Gallery

Exhibition Dates: October 06October 30, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 07 6:00-8:00pm

Equity Gallery is pleased to announce “III”, a 3-person exhibition and includes new works by Miguel Otero Fuentes, Allen Hansen, and Christopher Stout; abstract minimal artists who find common ground with the use of sensory geographies, as well as architectural and organic symmetries.

The title “III” contains an acknowledgement of three distinct voices that hold cooperative elements within their work. “III” is as abstract as the work is. It can hold meaning beyond the definitions that can be given to it in a similar form in which the work does.

By reducing complexities to elementals, the works is by these artists evoke time, place, and memory. There is a preoccupation with the physical use of mediums which is prominent in their surfaces. Together, these artists initiate a dialogue which celebrates both their correspondence and interdependence.

Gallery Information

New York Artists Equity Association, Inc. ("Artists Equity") is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1947 by artists and art patrons with the mission to promote opportunities for artists.  It operates Equity Gallery, an art space located on the Lower East Side of New York City.

Equity Gallery opened in October 2015 and is designed to be a fluid and flexible new model that is responsive to a range of artists’ needs. It simultaneously serves as a gallery for artists to exhibit and sell their work; a hub for professional workshops and innovative programming exploring critical issues of interest to artists and curators; and a gathering place for artists, curators and patrons. With today’s increased focus on the art market, Artists Equity aims to provide a space focused on process, where entrepreneurial spirit and the artist as creative provocateur are celebrated.

For more information and images of “III”, please contact Equity Gallery at info@nyartistsequity.org, or visit www.nyartistsequity.org

General Gallery Information

Equity Gallery, 245 Broome Street Storefront
Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm

 

Image Caption: Click the image above to view the exhibition feature page for "Chosen Family."

 
 

CHOSEN FAMILY ON ARTFARE, New monochrome drawings by Christopher Stout, based on a playlist compiled by the artist featuring sound art by Queer composers

Exhibition Dates: April 28Ongoing (Exhibition on Artfare)

Artfare is pleased to present "Chosen Family," a drawing solo by Queer abstract reductivist painter Christopher Stout (pronouns: he/him/they). Queer abstraction is activist work about the Queer experience that does not employ representation of the human figure. Stout’s work surrounds us with the notions of radical joy and a vision of Queerness as found in our imaginations.

Each of these new drawings is based on a musical piece written by a Queer experimental composer.

Here is an exhibition statement in the artists own words:

“I want to begin with an acknowledgement of Roger Mathew Grant, whose book, “Peculiar Attunements” has been beautifully essential in the ideation of this project.

https://www.fordhampress.com/9780823287741/peculiar-attunements/

I’m very keen on my new relationship with Artfare; and to celebrate our partnership, I’ve drawn a series of 11 new monochromes titled, “Chosen Family.”

To articulate about the work, I wanted to utilize these monochrome drawings to formally highlight a working method of listening to sound art by Queer composers in my Brooklyn art studio. I have an extensive library of sound art from Queer composers containing music spanning from the late 1960’s through sound art being made today. Conceptually, I find Queer sound art and Queer abstraction to possess many congruencies.

For each drawing, I listened to a loop from a selected piece by a Queer composer who I consider a cherished and esteemed member of my art chosen family. During the listening session, I drew a monochrome formed by the music. We could refer to these monochromes as conversations or mediations, and they allow me to better articulate my process as a Queer abstract painter.

In respect and gratitude for these composers, I will be donating 20% from the sales of these drawings to support the Ali Forney Center, an organization with a mission to protect LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness.

Learn more about the Ali Forney Center at https://www.aliforneycenter.org/

Thank you for letting me share my work with you.”

Links with more information on this exhibition:
http://christopherstout.com/art-chosen-family-artfare.html
https://www.artfare.com/christopher-stout

 

New early 2022 exhibition announcements coming soon...


 
 
Image Caption: Click the above Art511 Magazine image to read the article, "Queer Abstraction in 2019, Alexandria Deters in conversation with artist Christopher Stout."
 
 

An excerpt from the Art511 Magazine article:

Alexandria Deters: You have shared how queer abstraction was formed in the 1960s and flourished in the 1970s. Where do you see queer abstraction today? Is it flourishing, and if so how?

Christopher Stout: Queer abstraction is something that queer artists are rediscovering and is yet relatively unknown by the Contemporary art world at large. This is also obviously changing. How it is used and what it could represent it ultimately up to us. I suspect that as queer artists are able to embrace abstraction as a medium to uncover new debates and new thinking, the movement will rapidly grow. I also hope that queer abstraction will also foster and spawn other new categories of queer art that move the needle forward on telling a fuller spectrum of our stories.

Read the entire interview here: http://art511mag.com/2019/11/20/queer-abstraction-in-2019/

 
 
Image Caption: Click the image above to watch my artist talk film on YouTube, given in conjunction with the group exhibition, "Gay Guerrilla."
 
 

This artist film talk was developed as part of the group exhibition, "Gay Guerrilla" in June of 2020, curated by M. Charlene Stevens, Founder of Arcade Project Curatorial; and answers the following 3 questions:

  1. Share about your art practice, and how Queer abstraction is expressed in and by your work.
  2. Share the story of one of the pieces you are exhibiting and any other helpful info about the work.
  3. What additional social or art conversations are being expressed through the work?
 
 
Image Caption: Click the image above to view the exhibition feature page for "Wonderment of Othernes" at Lichtundfire Gallery.
 
 
For Immediate Release

Christopher Stout: Wonderment of Otherness at Lichtundfire

Exhibition Dates: September 01 — October 02, 2021
Opening Reception: Wednesday, September 01, 6:00-8:00pm

Gallery Events

Fall Cocktails at Lichtundfire/ LES Gallery Art Night (during Armory Show Week)
Friday, September 10 from 6:00–8:00pm

Artist Talk & Reception
Saturday, September 18 from 4:00–6:00pm

Press Release

Lichtundfire is pleased to present and welcomes all to “Wonderment of Otherness”, an exhibition of new monochrome paintings by New York City-based artist Christopher Stout (pronouns: he/him/they) concerning Queer abstraction. This exhibition marks his/their fourth solo exhibition at Lichtundfire. Stout’s work intends to surround us with the notion of radical joy and a vision of Queerness as found in our imaginations.

In the artist’s own words:

“I would suggest that Queer abstraction might be most easily defined as activist art about the Queer experience that does not employ representation of the human figure. Queer abstraction, along with Black abstraction, Feminist abstraction, and even Arte Povera are 4 distinct types of sociopolitical protest work birthed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, which primarily eschew the use of figuration.

In providing additional context, art critic and curator Eric Sutphin theorizes that contemporary artists practicing Queer abstraction, 'are in close dialogue with their forbears, and bring to the milieu of Queer abstraction a new set of social, economic, and political concerns…including a series of questions: What is the relationship between Queerness and formalism? Without explicit political references, how can abstract work transmit the urgency of its content?'

Within the 8 new monochrome paintings that are presented as the “Wonderness of Otherness”, there is an investigation of a specific environment in which the painting references would deploy markers of both Queerness, and also the nature of sociopolitical abstraction.

The works are designated as 'quilt paintings' as the central visual element and topography of the works are textile pieces of Belgian linen and cotton sewn together with wire in a manner akin to quilting. It should be noted that quilting here is not a reference to the AIDS quilt, but rather an extension of the tradition of quilting as a form of political art by marginalized people.

These quilts are stretched on stacks of wooden panels, so that the works retain elements to suggest being textile pieces, and also elements of being sculptures, and also elements of being paintings. This is a reference to the nonbinary.

Another concentration within these works is to express a linear relationship between Queer abstraction and Queer theory. Alongside each painting, I have designated a notable academic text, biography, or resource book documenting a spectrum of Queer ideas and experiences. Some of these books are longtime friends, and some of the more contemporary works were read as part of my research for these paintings.

Whilst these paintings are not designed to illustrate the work of these Queer academics, they do hope to activate a through line, manifesting the shared goals within Queer abstraction.

In evidence of this relationship, I will lean earnestly into the words of Queer Cuban American academic José Esteban Muñoz (1967 – 2013), who penned, 'Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet Queer. We may never touch Queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been Queer, yet Queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is Queerness’s domain.'"

About the Artist

Christopher Stout was born and raised in Maryland and is a New York City-based artist working in Queer abstraction. Stout has shown extensively with Lichtundfire, including multiple group exhibition projects and the solo exhibitions “Come Out 2 Show Them” in April 2017, “Sonic Opera” in May of 2018, and “Standing on the Shoulders of Queer Martyrs and Saints” in October 2019.

Gallery Information

Lichtundfire was established in 2015, with a visual program emphasizing on nonrepresentational, conceptual, and abstract art; especially minimal, color field, geometrical, straight edge, abstract expressionist painting, lyrical abstraction, and process work.

Lichtundfire's gallery director Priska Juschka is originally from Germany, and is known for being part of the first NADA (New Art Dealer’s Alliance) generation from its inception in the early 2000's.
By its exhibitions, Lichtundfire's program is dedicated to developing and nurturing an active, engaged, progressive, and emancipated art community that addresses cultural and social realities as expressed through visual arts.

For more information and images of “Wonderment of Otherness”, please contact Priska Juschka at info@lichtundfire.com, or via telephone 917-675-7835, or visit www.lichtundfire.com

General Gallery Information

Lichtundfire, 175 Rivington Street Storefront (between Clinton & Attorney)
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6 pm, or by appointment

 


Image Caption: Click the image above to view the SFA Project gallery website for, "The Elements of Patten and the Spaces in Between," including my 2 new paintings, "The Wonderment of Otherness 15" and "The Wonderment of Otherness 16."
 
 
THE ELEMENTS OF PATTERN AND THE SPACES IN BETWEEN
SFA Projects
Exhibition Dates: April 14, 2021June 27, 2021

SFA Projects presents "The Elements of Pattern and the Spaces in Between," a group exhibition of new works by Danielle Dimston, Patricia Fabricant, Gordon Fearey, Russell Floersch, GJ Kimsunken, Sirikul Pattachote, Benjamin Pritchard, Christopher Stout, and Jason Yung. The exhibition considers the elements of patterns by presenting contemporary works featuring line, form, texture, color, and space.

By isolating each of the elements that traditionally combine to produce patterns the presentation may, as a whole, be viewed as a pattern in itself, where visitors may step inside the pattern while contemplating the marks and forms that comprise it.

The exhibition also looks at patterns in a behavioral sense, and highlights the visual language patterns employed by each artist that help to define their studio practice and identity. Each of the participating artists have a consistent thread — a studio pattern — that ties one painting to the next and to all of the paintings before them, culminating in what can firmly be described as a body of work.

This deconstruction and reconstruction of pattern provides an exciting opportunity for meditative contemplation of simplicity within complexity.


SFA Projects, 131 Chrystie Street, New York, NY 10002
Gallery Hours: Fri-Sun, 1pm-6pm (and by appointment)
 
 
Image Caption: Click the image above to book your free timed ticket in advance for "Love Wins," a group show of 20 diverse artists working in a wide range of materials centered around celebrating Valentine's Day during a pandemic at Homocats studio.
 
 

LOVE WINS, a group show for Valentine's Day weekend
Homocats Studio at The Pencil Factory
Exhibition Dates/Times: Friday, February 1214, 2021
Artists: Debbie Attias, Alexandria Deters, Ben Frederickson, Zach Greer, John Hanning, Karen Healey, Robert Hickerson, James Jaxxa, J. Morrison, Lloyd Mulvey, Julia Norton and Goldie Poblador, Kyle Quinn / Raw Meat, Andrew Cornell Robinson, Nelson Santos, Julie Schneider, Savannah Spirit, Christopher Stout, Grant Worth, Dave Zackin
Curator: Organized by J. Morrison

Exhibition Statement: The Homocats Studio is excited to present a "Love Wins", a group show of 20 diverse artists working in a wide range of materials centered around celebrating Valentine's Day during a pandemic.

 
 

Image Caption: Click the image above to view the “Winter Benefit” exhibition page via Arcade Project Curatorial's Artsy profile.

 
 
WINTER BENEFIT, a group exhibiton to endow Arcade Project Curatorial's 2021 artistic programming
Exhibition Dates: December 18—January 31, 2021
Curator: Arcade Project Curatorial Founder M. Charlene Stevens

Exhibition Statement: Arcade Project launched during Armory Week 2016. It began as a concept for a print zine to showcase the talent that surrounded me. Everyone was hustling and working on multiple projects that I believed deserved exposure. Arcade project was created as a platform for visual artists, writers, philosophers, poets, critics, performers and more. The print zine concept was put on hold when the decision was made to build an online presence first.

Over the past four years we have published exhibition reviews, artist interviews, covered art fairs, as well as film criticism and some philosophy with a touch of humor. We built and sponsored the Spicy Curtains lounge at Satellite Art Show - Miami and curated Elizabeth Axtman’s Dark Meat at Satellite Art Show - Austin and Eva Mueller’s TwistedTwins-XXY at Satellite Art Fair - Brooklyn.

This year, we launched Arcade Project Curatorial, a nomadic gallery showing provocative and challenging work. Since the launch, we have exhibited "Spring Forward" and "Gay Guerrilla" online as well as Kevin Darmanie’s, "Rainbow Country," an in-person pop-up at Paradice Palase in Bushwick. As 2020 draws to a close, we are looking forward to the new, and hopefully healthier, year ahead. Up to this point, Arcade Project has been a self-funded labor of love with the occasional help of donors. To help raise enough funds to pay for editing, web development, and a diverse team of freelance writers, Arcade Project is launching our winter benefit exhibition. Please note that 40% of the proceeds from this show will go towards funding Arcade Project for the upcoming year.

 
 
Image Caption: Click the above image to view an installation image of my new work, "Towards a Gay Communism, Work 3 (an homage to the landmark writings of Mario Mieli)," which is on view at Lichtundfire as part of the group exhibition Quantum Sphere.
 
 

QUANTUM SPHERE, a group exhibiton commemorating Lichtundfire's 5-year anniversary
Exhibition Dates: December 03—January 30, 2021
Artists: Gretl Bauer, Carol Boram-Hays, Leslie Ford, Augustus Goertz, Jim Holl, Mark Kurdziel, Christopher Stout, and Sallie Strand
Curator: Lichtundfire Gallery Director Priska Juschka

Exhibition Statement: Lichtundfire announces, “Quantum Paradox,” a survey exhibition with abstract work in various media; bringing together eight artists with work ranging from the minimal and delicate to the bold and colorful in painting, sculpture and works on paper.

 

Image Caption: Click the image above to view an installation image of my new works, "Towards a Gay Communism, Work 1" and "Towards a Gay Communism, Work 2." Both of the paintings serve as an homage to the landmark writings of Mario Mieli, and are on view at Lichtundfire as part of the group exhibition "Quantum Paradox."
 
 

QUANTUM PARADOX, a late summer group exhibiton at Lichtundfire
Exhibition Dates: August 13—September 04, 2020
Artists: Henry Biber, Leslie Ford, Augustus Goertz, Eveline Luppi, Robert Solomon, Christopher Stout and Gerald WolfeCurator: Lichtundfire Gallery Director Priska Juschka

Exhibition Statement: Lichtundfire announces, “Quantum Paradox,” the first of three sequential group exhibitions, premised on work created by Lichtundfire artists created during the solitude of New York City during COVID-19.

 


Image Caption: Click the image above to view the “Gay Guerrilla” exhibition page on Arcade Project Curatorial. Exhibition works viewable on Artsy: www.artsy.net/show/arcade-project-curatorial-gay-guerrilla
 
 

GAY GUERRILLA, a survey exhibition containing recent works in Queer abstraction
Exhibition Dates: June 25—August 02, 2020
Artists: Damien Davis, Julie Torres, Poppy DeltaDawn, Will Hutnick, T.J. Dedeaux-Norris,
and Christopher Stout
Curator: Arcade Project Curatorial Founder M. Charlene Stevens
Library of Artist Talks: www.youtube.com/channel/UCefwDc-IVY6sRdYi_4YPfqA

Exhibition Statement: Queer abstraction has enjoyed an explosion of discovery over the last several years, with art academic circles embracing new artists in this genre as an outgrowth of the activist and gender-themed Queer abstraction of the late 1960’s and 1970’s.

The visual essay of “Gay Guerrilla” builds on this premise, and also investigates the myriad of new divergent conversations which have stemmed from lesbian, transgender, queer, and queer artists of color embracing the fluid portal of abstraction.

It is essential to note that the title of our exhibition stems from the 1979 score by Julius Eastman, the hallowed Black, gay minimalist composer who brazenly confronted both racial and sexual orientation issues within his work.