236 Pender St East,
13 Oct 2023–10 Feb 2024
12 October, 2023
T. +1 604.683.7395
21 March–18 April 1998
Curated by: Geoffrey Farmer (Guest Curator), Reid Shier (Director Curator)
Tyler Iingolia, Somewhere, exhibition at Or Gallery, 1998.
Black Light club murals and recent works on paper.
Ingolia, former member of San Francisco’s queer-punk group The Popstitutes exhibits for the first time outside the U.S.
“Clubland revolves around the premise of escape and unification.”
– Greg Taylor, creator of Product
Soon after its launch in 1993 Product quickly became the biggest weekly queer nightclub in San Francisco’s history. In its one year existence, it attempted to create “something more than cavernous rooms with sound systems and a light show” (Greg Taylor). Tyler Ingolia’s murals and cut-out figures are relics from this environment. Though only fragments of a larger and more complex milieu, they illustrate the club’s anarchistic and innovative aura. Ingolia’s Tom of Finland clowns deflate their power as proud and hyper-masculine characters. He combines images from the movie Alien with a camp aesthetic, and invokes a critical connection between the role of the club as a fantasy location of gay liberation and the predatorial, subordinating hierarchy which exists within its social structure.