11:Eleven Gallery | MEN ARE ANIMALS

By East City Art Editorial Team on January 8, 2024

Fri, January 12 2024 — Sun, January 14 2024

Jeanette Spicer, sara at home
Opening Reception: Friday, January 12 from 6-8pm

11:Eleven Gallery is proud to present MEN ARE ANIMALS, a group exhibition of 12 contemporary artists featuring painting, photography, digital/mixed media, textile, and ceramic works.

Curated by Joshua Cook at 11:Eleven Gallery (10 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC) January 12-14, 2024.


Participating Artists:

Gio Black Peter, New York City-based painter and visual artist; guest artist at the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, France; solo exhibition at Soho Project Space in New York City and a residency in Berlin in Fall 2023.

Ryan Rudewicz (aka Rude Polaroids), Brooklyn-based polaroid photographer; 2023 GLAM Best NYC Nightlife Photographer; Paper Magazine feature on NYC drag; solo show at Studio Lacombe in Provincetown, MA in September 2023.

Emily Shephard, New York City-based burlesque performer, producer, and costume designer; muse for Ellen von Unwerth; productions for global brands including Playboy, Tommy Hilfiger, Soho House, Gitano, and Maison Close; producer of Nu York Cabaret.

Chantis Parks, New York City-based street photographer; official photographer of the 2023 Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco in September 2023 and a featured artist at MASS COLLAB MEDIA productions in New York City in 2023.

Glenn Fry, Washington, DC-based painter and photographer; has multiple installations in regional institutions like his series ‘Visualize Having’ at the Federal Reserve Bank Board HQ; 2023 solo show at 11:Eleven Gallery in Washington, DC.

Aiden Paddlety, DC-area mixed media artist; raised by a punk and indigenous mother in Oklahoma, his works cycle between macabre imagery of his favored ‘bone men’, and illustrative punk-tivsm.

Ronjhay Bowser, Abingdon, Maryland-based boudoir and nude photographer; uses his art to empower individuals by encouraging body acceptance, fostering confidence, and exploring sexuality and seduction.

Derek Knight, Morgantown, West Virginia-based ceramicist and drag queen; currently working on a body of work inspired by the human form and linking queer culture and mental health.

Kyle Quinn, New York City-based painter and sculpturist; founder of Raw Meat Publishing whose comprehensive artist book archive is included in the Museum of Modern Art Library; solo show at Alchemy Gallery in July 2023 in New York City.

Freddie Chavda, Brooklyn-based mixed media artist who specializes in hand cut portraiture and fashion editorial analog collage art; founder of the Brooklyn Loft, an art creation and figure drawing studio in Bushwick.

Kayla Rodriguez, New York City-based wire-wrapping and sculptural jewelry artist; uses natural materials, crystals, beads, chains, and wire to create face crowns, bracelets, and lip, nose, and ear-rings with intention; custom jeweler.

Jeanette Spicer, New York City-based visual artist; co-editor of dyke publication, WMN, showcasing art and poetry by marginalized communities of lesbians; featured in collections at the Guggenheim Museum and Museum of Modern Art Library.

Curated By:

Joshua Cook – Producer, curator, and writer, organizing artist and art collector networks in New York City and Washington, DC.

Curator’s Statement: “MEN ARE ANIMALS is a declarative statement, meaning we’re discussing matters of fact around here. This show is asking artists what they think about this phrase, how that manifests in their work, and how they want to respond. It asks for a perspective: if men are animals, are we sympathetic or hostile to them? Are they cute and cuddly? Domesticated? Feral? Imaginary? Are they castrated or in heat? Hunted or hunting? Are we trusting them? Training them? Ignoring them? Or eating them? Or do they eat us in the end? What do we know about animals? What do we know about men?”

Presented By:

11:Eleven Gallery
10 Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC

Exhibition Schedule:

  • Friday, January 12, 2024:
    2-4pm: Press Preview (request via DM @men.are.animals)
    4-6pm: Collector’s Preview (request via DM @men.are.animals)
    6-8pm: Opening Reception (open to the public)
  • Saturday, January 13, 2024:
    12-5pm: Gallery Open
    7-9pm: Gallery event including
    Live Body Painting by DANDYLAND.ART
    Trailer preview of “RIDE: A QUEER KINK ADVENTURE” a documentary film by Patrick McNaughton
    Apparel popup by BLAME DADDY
  • Sunday, January 14, 2024:
    12-5pm: Gallery Open (Last Day)

About 11:Eleven Gallery:

11:Eleven Gallery is a dynamic art space committed to showcasing diverse and thought-provoking contemporary art. Situated in the heart of Washington, DC, the gallery strives to create a platform for artists pushing boundaries and engaging in meaningful conversations through their work.