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Andrew Moncrief

Man Enough


What does it mean to be “man enough”?

The uncertainty around this question is something that I have carried with me as long as I can remember. I believe this stems from never being able to fully comprehend my sexual orientation as a gay man. I have never felt as though I have been able to truly grasp who I am, my identity has always felt like something that evades me; uncertain and shifting never really making sense. While I have never felt that being gay defined who I am as a person I have always felt as though it precluded me in some way from ever fitting into what it really means to be a man.

The impetus for this series of paintings grew out of my interest in the works of the Rococo movement of the 18th century. It was a very decorative and theatrical style with a great deal of focus on the bodies of women. They were portrayed in a way to make them seem frivolous and vain. I have been considering the parallels with contemporary representation of males today.

The women were used in a way to show the social status of their patrons in their best light. Intentionally devoid of political or religious symbolism, portraying a [feminine] ideal, the frivolity anderoticism of its aristocratic patrons. There is a parallel to the way that we curate and disseminate images of ourselves through social media platforms —often to masses of people— projecting a seductive and idealized version of the self. Though, there is an inherent vulnerability that exists in the need for validation, that contradicts the outward projections of strength and virility. I am interested in this “un-reality” and conflating notions of masculinity and vulnerability.

VERNISSAGE: Saturday, March 3rd, 6 pm – 9 pm
RSVP (via Facebook): Man Enough // Solo Exhibition by Andrew Moncrief 


About Andrew Moncrief

Andrew Moncrief is an emerging artist born and raised on Vancouver Island and presently based out of Montreal, Canada. Working predominately in painting and drawing, utilizing photography as the basis of his predominantly figurative oeuvre, Andrew explores themes of queer identity, masculinity and idealism with a focus on portraiture and figuration. Andrew has exhibited internationally in the US and Europe, most recently at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) in Salt Lake City. He has taken part in group exhibitions across Canada and participated in SUMMA International Art Fair in Madrid in September 2015. He has been featured in various print publications in Canada, the US and Europe, most notably The Advocate, French publication Féros, international design blog CityhomeCOLLECTIVE, Utah Art’s Blog 15 Bytes, and his works are part of the private collection of Nick Cave (Chicago, Illinois).

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