Opening Reception: October 18, 2019, 6pm
Book and Postcards signing: October 19, 2019, 3pm, Joseph Maida will sign copies of Born Free and Equal and Things R Queer at The Photographer’s Gallery Bookshop
Things "R" Queer ushers in new cycles of art and food photography by embracing one of the latest iterations of visual culture, Instagram, as its initial platform for circulation. Taking the trope of food porn on social media as his prompt, Maida crafts subversive tableaux with purposeful doses of Pop Art humor, advertising gloss, and Japanese kawaii and then photographs his colorful sculptures in a matter-of-fact, documentary-style. His images, which are historically “straight” in their aesthetics and lack of manipulation, are undoubtedly queer in their campy visualization of a fantasy-cum-critique of contemporary material culture.