The diabolical and the angelic enter into a dialectical embrace in Doug Ischar’s Boy, Pig, Power. Images of comely blond boys – shot at the Russian River in 1986 – are intermixed with video-based sculptural works employing queer ephemera and a young Jeffrey Dahmer. Jeffrey, then 14, looks sweet and harmless. Text from a mid-century homophobic novel contests a handwritten note given to Ischar by a young Atlanta admirer (circa 1990). The medium of photography is both celebrated and interrogated via massive shifts of scale and modes of presentation in Boy, Pig, Power. The past looms large in this installation by a veteran gay artist just turned 65, and the delight of evanescent memory and its simultaneous crushing weight are felt throughout.
Boy, Pig, Power is Ischar’s first new installation in ten years, his recent work having been devoted to experimental video. Three of Ischar’s videos are to be included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial of American Art.
PEREGRINEPROGRAM is pleased to present Doug Ischar in Boy, Pig, Power from Dec 8, 2013 to Jan 19, 2014. An opening reception will be held Sunday, Dec 8, 1-4pm.
Doug Ischar (b. 1948 Honolulu, Hawaii)
BA, 1984, Columbia College, Chicago
MFA, 1987, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA.
Selected Solo Exhibitions: Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Mercer Union, Toronto; Museuo do Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo; Oboro, Montreal; Photographers Gallery, London; List Center for the Visual Arts, MIT; Blum Helman Gallery, New York; Wooster Gardens, New York; Göteborg’s Kunst Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden; Gallery 44, Toronto; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden; Golden Gallery, Chicago; Golden Gallery, New York. National Endowment for the Arts; Illinois Arts Council; Tesuque Foundation. Collections: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Art,
Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Norton Family Collection, Santa Monica.