Artist: Nathan K. Carroll was born in 1995 in Lubbock, Texas. Carroll is a contemporary jewelry and metalsmith artist who’s work focuses on queer identity. In 2018 he received his B.A. degree in Media Strategies from the College of Media and Communications at Texas Tech University. During this time, Carroll researched mass-media effects on queer individuals relating to media representation and consumerism. His research can be seen throughout recent works, such as ‘The Homosexual Gaze’ and ‘Love’ series. Carroll has already been included in various important exhibitions, including “Craft in Contemporary Art” at Site:Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY, and “Margins”, at Barrett Art Center, San Rafael, CA. Upcoming shows include PROUD+ 2020 exhibition at The Studio Door in San Diego, California, and Material Identity an international juried exhibition at Artworks Center for Contemporary Art, Loveland, Colorado. Carroll currently lives and works in Central West Texas.
Artist Statement: My work materializes from both personal experience of being queer and extensive anthropological research of queer studies. Drawing inferences between these two, my work asks what it means to be queer in the current day.
In ‘The Homosexual Gaze,’ a series of contemporary jewelry, I depict the gay male’s lust towards other men while shopping in the grocery store. A whimsical pair of mirrored glasses that feature dangling hot dogs that obscure the wearer’s view of all but the tantalizing meat. Worn along with a ridiculously oversized kinetic ring constructed entirely out of red hot dogs, which then rotates around the base of the ring to entice the appetencies of even the most hetero-adjacent men.
When creating these works featuring hot dogs, I reference my own experience of cruising men while grocery shopping, while bringing focus to the power of ‘The Homosexual Gaze.’ My goal with these works is to challenge the viewer to break down the walls between their preconceived views of queer identity. After experimenting with various mediums and creating digital designs that were laser-cut, I found mirrored acrylic, which allowed me to capture the viewers’ gaze. Working in this medium, I was able to permit the viewer to reflect on their own identity — the viewing of the work invokes an observer to question the construct of their queerness. At the same time, the use of hotdogs adds a whimsical sense of play to the experience of gay lust.
Supermarket Glasses, 2019
Silver mirror, red acrylic hot dogs, anodized aluminum.
10 × 15 in
25.4 × 38.1 cm
Artsy Precio 1,900 USD • 40,144 PESOS
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