CIT CCAD graduate Stephen Doyle first solo exhibition at the Lavit Gallery

22 January, 2018

CIT CCAD graduate Stephen Doyle 

First Solo Exhibition at the Lavit Gallery 'ALT MEAS'

Recent Crawford College of Art and Design graduate, Stephen Doyle is exhibiting his first solo show ‘Alt Masc’ at The Lavit Gallery in Cork this February. Doyle is the recipient of the Galley’s ‘Student of the Year Award’, making him the 50th emerging artist to debut his series of work under the prestigious title.

‘Alt Masc’ discusses the place of queer attributes within male culture. The work challenges societies perception of the male role. This exhibition is a display of the plurality of masculinities rather than the singular portrayal of hypermasculinity we have become accustomed to. It is a closer examination of societal pressures, to conform to outdated ideals. The work features a spectrum of queer men redefining the boundaries of the male identity.

The individuals included in the figurative painting series are empowering an alternative version of man. While the installation elements co-inhabiting the space reflect a repressive expectation of characteristics associated with masculinity.

Doyle’s previous work has been endorsed by queer icons Stephen Fry and Rory O’ Niell (a.k.a Panti Bliss). Quoting the work as “tragically necessary” and “Impressive”. The opening of the exhibition is on from the 6th of February with a special guest speaker Sean Kissane, IMMA Curator. Reception shall begin at 5:00 pm. The show continues until the 24th of February.

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