Frolicking | Adam David Bencomo

Press Release | PRPG.mx and Dab Art Co. present Adam David Bencomo’s “Frolicking” in our CDMX gallery from March 6th to April 10th by appointment and online with Artsy.net from March 6th to May 15th, 2021.

Bencomo reflects upon his journey to self-acceptance and inclusion in the Queer community with a sense of levity in his sub-series “Frolicking”. Identifying as a non-binary gay male, he explores the rules and regulations of how his “excess shape and texture” and learning to “love my body and exposing that I am embracing myself as a beautiful existence.”

Adam David Bencomo is a photographic artist currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland. Adam received their MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Photographic and Electronic Media. They also received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of New Mexico. Adam currently teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the First Year Experience Program.

For more information regarding the exhibition please contact Micheal Swank, MichealSwank@PRPG.mx

Artist’s Statement | As one who identifies as a non-binary, homosexual male, I found a home in the queer community amongst the bear community. This subculture was formed to welcome men with various girths, heights, and densities of body hair. It has existed for many years, and at times had forms of exclusivity. The bear community has both positive and negative aspects that helped shape my identity, and it has opened my eyes to evolving and encompassing broader aspects of the queer community within my life. My coming out was a very rough process. Numerous relationships changed in a negative way which included my family and friends. When I found friends who accepted me as me, it was confusing in the beginning. They loved hearing me laugh, seeing me smile, and encouraged me to live my life just as it is. RuPaul says that as gay people, we get to choose our family. This is a glimpse of mine. In this subseries, I reflect upon my queer body. It has excess shape and texture, and it continues to age. Over the years, my body has been the subject of ridicule and praise. More often than not, society has the “perfect” definition of what a body looks like–even “alternative” bodies have rules and regulations. My body has often been outside many body norms because my body has color, has little hair, has extra girth, and it is also queer. These self-portraits are the process of learning to love my body and exposing that I am embracing myself as a beautiful existence. All bodies are valid, and I will be Frolicking to show off mine in My Bearish Life.

Artist’s Bio | Adam David Bencomo is a photographic artist currently based out of Baltimore, Maryland. They grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico and lived Seaside, California for a short time. Adam received their MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Photographic and Electronic Media. They also received a BA in Religious Studies from the University of New Mexico. Adam currently teaches as an Adjunct Instructor at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the First Year Experience Program. Adam identifies as male-ish. Adam uses both they/them/their and he/him/his pronouns. They are in the process of dismantling toxic masculinity and all the negative traits that comes with what it means to “be a man.” Their work deals with a variety of subjects including but not limited to memorialism, gentrification, public art interaction, human consumption, and human usage. Currently, Adam has been focusing on queer subcultures and what it means to identify as a queer person of color. They create queer art by humanizing their subjects while preserving the unique cultures in which they belong.