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Art Editorial

boyskeepswinging.jpg What do you read into this?

‘You’re Reading Into It’ brings together bodies of work by seven emerging LGBTQ+ artists at Vane gallery in Newcastle.

Queer cultures can often be said to be big on visual coding and Liam Fallon’s sculptural pieces play with these signifiers, and their relationships, with work that is deeply invested in the properties of material (that’s his 2017 piece, Boys Keep Swinging, pictured). And he’s just one of the artists showing at this exhibition which focuses on queer readings of minimalist art and portrayals of LGBTQ+ experience through a minimal abstract lens. Also showing work are Rachel Ara (who references high minimalism’s sexism), Charlotte Cullen (who employs a feminist sense of craft), Garth Gratrix (examining queer properties found in materials more usually associated with machismo), Oliver Doe (curator of exhibition whose paintings question queer visibility in visual culture), Singaporean artist Daniel Chong (whose intimate mirrored sculpture critiques his country’s criminalisation of homosexuality), and Tessa Hawkes (who plays with object-hood, materiality and narratives).

You’re Reading Into It, Thursday 13 July-Wednesday 19 August (preview Wednesday 12 July, 5-8pm), Vane, First Floor, Commercial Union House, 39 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle. 12-5pm. vane.org.uk