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CHOSEN FAMILY drawing 007, based on the piece “Confessional (Give Me Sodomy or Give Me Death)” by composer Diamanda Galás, 2021




I want to begin with an acknowledgement of Roger Mathew Grant, whose book, "Peculiar Attunements" was beautifully essential in the ideation of this project. My name is Christopher Stout, and I am a Queer abstract reductivist painter. For reference, Queer abstraction is activist work about the Queer experience that does not employ representation of the human figure. 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. Thank you for letting me share my work with you. *** Title: Chosen Family Drawing 07, Enlightened by “Confessional (Give Me Sodomy or Give Me Death)”, Diamanda Galás. From the series, "Chosen Family,” Drawing 07 of 11. Medium: Lead, ink, charcoal, and cray pas; finished with spray mount and clear gel medium. Year: 2021

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5.00 x 5.00 x 0.25 in | 12.70 x 12.70 x 0.63 cm

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