New Video Projection in the Naming Gallery’s “Queer Eye Rococo” Exhibition. / by Les Stuck

 Flourish.

Flourish.

Curator Alex Corbett invited me to create a video projection for her “Queer Eye Rococo” exhibition running September 9 through October 6 at the Naming Gallery, 335 15th St, Oakland. The image suggests a rigid carved shape, but it undulates as if underwater. Rococo ornamentation was originally meant to evoke “natural” motifs, but to our 21st century eyes they appear as much of an aesthetic construct as cake decoration. In the same way, “natural” sexual expression is often revealed to be a social construct. The work’s title is both descriptive and imperative:  “Flourish.”