Reception: Saturday, November 11 from 5pm to 8pm
Face Value is an exhibition of portraits by Bryan Hoffman and David Marquardt. As gay men, both artists have concerns around gender, identity, and sexuality. Both artists are driven by a desire to know their subjects and put their beauty on display.
Bryan’s series of paintings focus on transgender, gay, and lesbian youth. He has long-standing relationships with his subjects and has witnessed their transitions, struggles, and successes in life.
David’s series of paintings is born out of his desire to confront his own stereotypes of male escorts and erotic masseurs. He chose to paint their portraits as a way of honoring these men.
Both artists want the viewer to challenge their assumptions about the people in these portraits, and to see their beauty, their worth, and their humanity.
Blueprints is an exhibition of paintings about rewilding by Melissa Glasser. Rewilding is a process applicable to human beings, ecosystems, and the reintroduction of endangered species.
The works are modeled from early blueprints, which are dark blue in background with white line. The paintings display an ecosystem with its keystone species or apex predator, as well as portraits for the animals beside the apex predator, honoring their individual importance.
The Blueprint design asks, “What is the Plan?” for the planet and for so many species and ecosystems.
- Thursday: 7pm to 9pm
- Saturday: 12pm to 3pm
39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD. For more information, visit www.39thstreetgallery.org.