Article Title:Queer art show ruffles feathers in Christchurch
Author or Credit:Matt Akersten
Published on:22nd May 2009 - 03:43 pm
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Text:Here's a few glimpses of the 'Queer Takes' art show happening for Chch Pride Week, including one image which turned out to be too risqué for the Garden City. The art show is open each day until Friday 29 May, at the QuiqCorp Creative Experience, 155 High Street, Christchurch. Each of the 38 artworks on display are produced by local LGBT artists, and are available to purchase. Artists include Lucy Atkinson, Roger Bays, Tton, Warren Robertson, Michael Corcoran, Doug Marquet, Linda James, Paul Johns, Jane Zusters, Andy Leleisi'uao, Yi Ming Lin and many more. The QuiqCorp gallery crew say they're very happy with the response they've had to Queer Takes so far, and would consider holding it again in future Pride Weeks. Doug Marguet's Goddess and I: Andy Leleisi'uao's Prototype - Honey Hive Part 1 (detail): Saul Johns' Figure: Ttonn's Metamorphosis: Yi Ming Lin's Rough Figurine: Warren Robertson's Icarus – We all can get close to the sun: But one of the artworks was yanked off display following a complaint from the owners of the building which houses the art gallery. Its overt sexuality had proved a little bit challenging to some of the more delicate Christchurch sensibilities! One local lesbian, Pauline Hampton, told she was "really angry" that the painting had been censored. "This exhibition is supposed to be an expression of our lives," she explained. "I don't care if it's cocks or what – who do they think they are, pulling any of it off the wall?" When we visited the gallery, the kind museum curator was only too happy to show us what all the fuss was about, leading us into the back office where the painting was on the table. It may be considered 'not safe to be viewed at work', but with that in mind, scroll down this page if you would like to see our photo of the painting…   Andy Leleisi'uao's Pull: Matt Akersten - 22nd May 2009    
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