Portal 2 | Mark Clintberg
Photo Credit: "No state", hand- and machine-sewn vintage and mass produced cotton and linen with cotton backing, produced with Lillian Dwyer, Millicent Dwyer, and Violet Combden, by Mark Clintberg
"Portal 2" by Associate Professor and alumni Mark Clintberg starts with a murder. The exhibition responds to oral history research by Kevin Allen: in 1979, an aggressive man making homophobic and violent advances was attacked and killed by a pair of men-who-have-sex-with-men cruising a Calgary park one night. Left at the scene of the murder was a silver bomber jacket, which the artist recreated in triplicate in partnership with textile artist Jolie Bird. The pattern pieces for these garments were then used to make a series of stencils, monoprints, and a proposal for a monument, and the jackets are presented through a series of photographs arranged to resemble an incident room, as used during investigations of a crime scene.
Other pieces in the exhibition refer to historic context connected to cruising in Canada – such as No state and Pas d’état, a pair of quilts that rework a remark Pierre Elliott Trudeau made in the 1960s: “there is no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation.” This statement, which describes the relationship between state and the monitoring of sexuality in Canada, overlooks the fact that sexuality also exists beyond bedrooms - and that sex and sexuality are still heavily policed in Canada through a range of policies and activities.
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