Previous Shows at the Gallery

Gallery Q

Previous Exhibits

Together/Apart (February 1 to March 15, 2016)

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Artist: Gretchen Arnold

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Artist: Dan Larkin

Together Apart 3 - Cook

Artist: Randall Cook

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Artist: Scott McCarney

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Artist: Scott McCarney

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Artist: Scott McCarney

Together Apart 4 - Davenport

Artist: Meredith Davenport

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Together/Apart is Gallery Q’s first exhibit and our first collaboration with ImageOut. The exhibit highlighted works by five artists: Gretchen Arnold, Randall Cook, Meredith Davenport, Dan Larkin, and Scott McCarney. Each artist addressed themes such as searching for companionship, loss, and being in and out of relationships. Whether friends, family or lovers, our relationships define who we are as individuals as much as our individuality defines the types of relationships we maintain.

From Ancient to Modern: Classic Greek Architecture in Black, White and Blue (April 1 to April 29, 2016)

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Photographer Steven Randell takes us to beautiful Greece with an exhibit entitled From Ancient to Modern: Classic Greek Architecture in Black, White and Blue.  The show runs from April April 1 until April 29.

The artist says, “These images show the interplay of infrared light and how it behaves beyond our normal perception. Infrared Illumination gives center stage to the white monuments and buildings of Athens and Mykonos normally seen against blue sky and blue-green ocean.

“All digital photos were taken with a modified Canon 40D SLR camera, making the sensor particularly sensitive to infrared light. Because this light has a different focusing point the lens has been permanently altered as well. These pictures were taken in Greece and the Island of Mykonos in November of 2015.

“Greece with its ancient and modern white toned monuments and architecture is perfectly suited for IR photography. Its cultural acceptance of homosexuality (although not represented in these photos) was one of many reasons I decided to embark on this journey.”

Nocturnal: A Collection of Photographs by Joe Ziolkowski (May 2 to May 27, 2016)
NOTE: THIS SECTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Culled from vintage analog photographs, Nocturnal explores the human condition and vulnerability during the early political unrest of the AIDS crisis.

NOTE: This exhibit features nudity.

Enjoy award-winning photographer and educator Joe Ziolkowski’s Nocturnal, a retrospective spanning three decades, capitalizing on the ability of photography to record time, capture space. Culled from thousands of vintage black and white silver gelatin prints, the work focuses on images drawn from exhibitions including The Numbered, Silence, and Pressure.

From Silence emerges a soliloquy on communication. In looking at these photographs, we see our own history, or witness the history of others and consider the ever present emotional response to any given situation. “All judgement is loss, and at a decisive moment, we become vulnerable to all the elements.” When addressing difficult situations wearing blinders and traveling through time and space in silence, through metaphor and image, Ziolkowski asks “What makes an individual?” This question is explored through staged scenes, objects and opportunities

In The Numbered series, over 100 people were photographed in the ‘floating’ state created during the time people, gay and straight, waited for H.I.V. virus test results. At the beginning of the series, in 1988, Illinois mandated all couples to take an H.I.V. test before they could be issued a marriage license. Those tested were given a number to ensure anonymity. Many friends reported experiencing trauma as they awaited results. In ArtForum, James Yood states that Ziolkowski “managed to blur individuality emphasizing instead a kind of psychic abandon.” Yood notes that the photographs show humans “[a]bandoned to an extreme physical state and a personal and self-induced intoxication, these figures convey a heady sensuality that makes distinctions of race, age or even gender secondary.”

Pressure, captures the state of mind and body experienced when forces collide. In looking at the moment of pressure, for some there is pleasure, and others devastation. Ziolkowski says, “The deconstructive nature on the physical and emotional nature of each individual cannot be measured. But we do share a common factor of internalizing those events, and either allow decay, or build on the events to create a more positive attitude.”

Ziolkowski’s study and celebration of the human form details the magnificence, of which Yood says “the dictates of the body even when—especially when—its psyche is absent or confused.” The suspended bodies, arrested in mid-whirl “suggest an unexpected path toward a strange, personal freedom.”

Roadside Attractions: A Collection of Photographs by Manuel Peña (June 1 to June 29, 2016)
NOTE: THIS SECTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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For several years, Manuel Peña has photographed the annual Gay Alliance Ride for Pride, a 50 mile fundraising bicycle ride. In his exhibit, Roadside Attraction, he presents a collection of photographs that captures some of the fun and exciting moments shared by the riders both in and out of the saddle, as well as a series of black and white portraits that present the viewer with an intimate peek into the hearts and passions of some of the riders that drive this event.

diptych. two bodies of work. two galleries: new photographic work by Nigel Maister & vernacular photography from his collection (September 1 to October 30, 2016)
NOTE: THIS SECTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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Artist and photography collector, Nigel Maister, brings diptych—a two-part exhibition—to Gallery Q, Lumiere Photo Gallery, and the passageway linking them. From his extensive collection of vernacular and fine-art photography, Maister has chosen images dating from 1850’s to the 1980’s that explore and challenge views of same-sex affection, idealized notions of the body, of beauty, and of intimacy.

Maister’s original photographic work forms the second part of the exhibition. Building on his love of snapshots, Maister’s series tight. word. lit. uses appropriated snapshots from the ‘80s and ‘90s to create diptychs where juxtaposed images evoke speculative conjunctions and implied narratives. Startling combinations of photographic artifacts placed in dialogue with each other invite the viewer to forge connections and create visual stories that are compelling, mysterious and durable.

 

AIDS: Don't Be Afraid. Be Aware.
(December 1 to 31, 2016)
NOTE: THIS SECTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

Joe Ziolkowski (29)
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Gallery Q presents…AIDS: Don’t Be Afraid. Be Aware

In recognition of World AIDS Month Gallery Q presents “AIDS: Don’t be Afraid. Be Aware” an exhibit of selected AIDS awareness posters from the University of Rochester’s River Campus Rare Books and Special Collections. Poster art has been one of the tools in the arsenal to promote AIDS awareness and education. The University’s archive of 8,000 AIDS education posters, in over 100 languages and 60 dialects, is considered one of the largest in the world.

The original collection was donated to the University by Dr. Edward C. Atwater, emeritus professor of medicine at the University of Rochester, in 2007. Dr. Atwater is quoted as saying “My hope is to show the responses from various societies to a deadly disease.” “…the AIDS posters show how social, religious, civic, and public health agencies tailored their message to different groups.” Through the use of color, creativity, wit, and sass many AIDS awareness posters have become iconic works of art, including those of artist Keith Haring.

17 Emerging: An Exhibition Highlighting Student Artists
In partnership with ImageOut
(January 6 to 27, 2017)
NOTE: THIS SECTION IS STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION

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ImageOut and Gallery Q are teaming up to present 17 Emerging, an exhibition highlighting seventeen student artists. The exhibition opens First Friday, January 6 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at Gallery Q, located at 100 College Avenue. There will also be a closing reception on Friday, January 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

The featured image is by Emily Patten and is titled, James.

Rochester is home to several quality university art programs. The artists represented in this juried exhibition range from college freshman to students pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts. The works include sculpture, ceramics, photography, drawings, and glass. “Our students are making wonderful art work. We are excited to work with these members of our community and showcase their talent,” said Alice Carver-Kubik the ImageOut Art Committee Co-Chair and Gallery Q Coordinator.

ImageOut presents LGBT arts and cultural experiences showcasing films, other creative works and artists to promote awareness, foster dialogue and build community. Gallery Q is located within the Gay Alliance LGBTQ Resource Center at 100 College Ave in Rochester, NY. Gallery Q provides an opportunity for community members to experience art and for artists to bring their work to the community.