May 27th 2022

Rick Sindt: Skin Remembers

@ Gallery Victor Armendariz

300 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, May 27th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, June 25th

Using pornography as a vehicle for understanding, Rick Sindt’s upcoming one-person show explores the discovery and development of queer attraction. Sindt transforms pornographic stills, repurposing them into images of intimacy.

“Skin Remembers” is an ode to the origins of desire. For me, self-discovery was found through the viewing of pornography. I found the intimacy I desired within the taboo, my identity revealed to me through cultural artifacts deemed to be smut. For myself, and others in the queer community, this smut becomes sacred. Pornography is a gateway for curiosity, a seedling of desire, and a teacher who makes these acts permissible. Pornography provides a framework to imagine what it would be like to touch and be touched in these ways. By embracing the feelings evoked by these images and videos, I gained a greater understanding of the intimacy I desired. Using cropped images of pornography, this work follows the same self-discovery process; pornographic imagery is the gateway that, ultimately, leads to the intimacy in these paintings.

Richard Sindt (b. 1990) lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. Sindt graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Art in visual art from North Park University in 2013. His solo exhibitions include “Two Countries,” at Rogue Philanthropy and “Tides, Erosion or Catch, Pull Recover; The-One-Right-Now,” at North Park University. Group exhibitions and fairs include “Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) 2019,” Chicago, IL; “State of Undress” at Gallery Victor Armendariz, Chicago, IL; “Are We Not of Interest to Each Other: Works by Rick Sindt and Gregory Deddo” at Uptown Arts Center, Chicago, IL; and “Collective: for(a)ging” at Hammond Art Center, Hammond, IN. He was the cover artist for the magazine OCHO in 2015 and has been involved with numerous organizations including the Chicago History Museum, Pitchfork Music Festival, Comfort Station Logan Square, and Arts of Life. His work is held in the collections of Jacob Fine Art, Swedish Covenant Hospital, Stephen Young Design, and numerous private collections.

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