“2021” Daniel Morowitz
Queer culture, and visibility are more important than ever in a moment where queer identity and queer bodies are under attack. Painting has a responsibility to its own history, but functions powerfully as a tool to combat the dangers that queerness is facing. My work is fiction that attempts to elevate queer realities to the level of mythological canon. Queer culture mythologizes sex and sexuality as equal parts abject and the ultimate out of reach experience, its normalized, demonized and sometimes beyond reach; in my paintings queer identity is coded to exist hidden in plain sight, coexisting between oppression and desire, a chimeric blending of coexistent realities. By mixing objects, gestures, and positioning, my painting language takes on a symbolic double-‐speak; the banality of a blade of grass is suddenly a phallus with the correct placement. Queerness has always been mediated through double-‐entendre, and despite advancements in openness and representation; there is still a power in language that can easily dissolve as soon as it comes into being. I structure the imagery like a play or picture-‐book, and allow the work to hover between space that reference painting history and figures who’s narrative importance flips the script and seduces with their threat to normalcy.
As a celebration that 2020 has ended and that a new year is here, FLATFILE has launched a new online program title, simply: “2021.”
We invited artists to participate through a rolling open call, which remains open for the entirety of this year. From these submissions, our jury panel carefully selects new works to present on FLATFILE, with new works added throughout all of 2021.
The price of each artwork is a flat $2,021,
a discounted price from the actual value of each work, offered here, exclusively.