Round Hole Square Peg, will have its closing night reception on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, from 6-9 PM, at the Long Hall Gallery, in the center of West Hollywood’s Plummer Park. A portion of all closing night sales will benefit AIDS/LifeCycle which helps fund medical care, testing and AIDS prevention services in Los Angeles’ LGBT Center.
Round Hole Square Peg is a juried, international photography competition – an ongoing quest to discover original visual archetypes for our changing society. This is the third edition of the show, which stages every two years.
In a recent edition of Huffington Post, pop culture journalist, Lisa Derrick states, “Round Hole Square Peg focuses primarily on portraiture, exploring new sexual modalities that redefine the essence/s of what a man or a woman can be. Expect to be challenged and moved by the images.”
What is Queer photography? Is it masculine? Is it feminine? Is it non-binary or genderfluid? Jurors Laura Aguilar, Paul Bridgewater, Zackary Drucker, Bert Green, Robert Summers, and Phil Tarley evaluated over 500 images from 9 countries to select the fifty artist-photographers presented. An expanded Wall of Fame of top LGBTQ photographic artists, curated by Phil Tarley, makes this an immense and important show with 59 artists showing 69 photographs. Tarley, the founder of Round Hole Square Peg says:
Queer artists have a perspective to contribute to society that is wholly our own. We have developed a unique view of self-worth, self-image, beauty, and love, and we want to share it with the world. In 2018, Dark Trumpian clouds are forming, threatening to rollback hard-won civil rights. Having a strong presence in front of a large audience helps the Queer community defy and resist negative stereotypes.
Photo art sales will be handled by artist-television-drag personality, Sham Ibrahim. Mixmaster DJ Paul V. will be spinning for the night. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Closing night will also include a cycling display from one of the riders from AIDS/LifeCycle, dressed in his riding St Patrick’s Day greens.