The Danville Arts Council Gallery presents:
Works By Brian James Spies
Where: The Danville Arts Council Gallery
in the Danville Business Alliance
620 Mill Street, Danville, PA
When: August 9-September 30
Reception: Friday, Sept. 13, 6-9pm
As an ongoing body of photographic works documenting my continued exploration of my identity as a gender non-conforming person living in a rural, conservative community, these photographs are a sort of diary of a language with which I still struggle to express. Shot with a large format film camera (4x5) both on site in my community and in studio settings these photographs explore the performative nature of self-presentation. This performance, although always present, is magnified in the lived experiences of queer individuals, like myself. Influenced in part by the writings of queer theorist José Esteban Muñoz, this body of work is a sort of documentary record of the guerrilla theatre that for people like me is our lives.
Brian James Spies has a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art (Photo Concentration) from Lycoming College (2002, Cum Laude) a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from The Maryland Institute College of Art (2010) and a Masters of Fine Art from The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (2012) where he was awarded the prestigious Faculty Award. He works primarily in photography, specializing in large format portraiture. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the United States, including recently at The Power Plant Gallery at Duke University and Eastern State Penitentiary In Philadelphia. He has curated multiple exhibitions in Philadelphia and North Central PA and he is currently the director The Factory Works Photo Lab in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.