New Exhibits in Los Angeles Explore Gender, Sexuality

Two shows by filmmaker Mariah Garnett and artist David Alekhuogie open tomorrow at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery.

This week, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery will present two exhibits that explore themes of gender and sexuality: Queer filmmaker Mariah Garnett’s first solo exhibit in Los Angeles; and Gravity, a series of paintings and photographs by artist David Alekhuogie.

At the heart of Mariah Garnett’s exhibition will be an installation of her new film Trouble, a feature-length experimental documentary that has been in the making for the last four years, and which follows her newfound relationship with her father, who she met in adulthood. Some of Garnett’s earlier work, like Picaresques, a film about the artist’s friendship with a gender-ambivalent 10 year-old, will also be shown. What unites the films is a dismantling of the power structures that surround representation in mainstream cinema, and, by including her own image, Garnett positions queerness in relationship to a subject matter that, on the surface, may seem disconnected from LGBTQ identity.

Image by David Alekhuogie/courtesy of LAMAG

David Alekhuogie’s exhibition Gravity includes includes photographs of models wearing low-slung pants, a trope of urban hip hop culture that has been widely criminalized. Captured in diffuse light and printed on satin, these normally contentious garments become abstracted, painterly images that blur flat photograph and sculptural object while examining the visual poetics underlying the way intersecting cultures assign value–often sexualized—to race and gender in America.

Both shows are on display from February 14-April 14, 2019. Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, 4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Bryan van Gorder usually writes about the places he's been or the famous people forced to talk to him.