Mark Aguhar (1987-2012)
Artist Statement (from markaguhar.com):
"Mark Aguhar’s work is a continuous exploration of queer expression and what it means to have grown up gay on the internet. Aguhar collects visual artifacts from queer online communities and uses them in their work to define and redefine who they are and what their body is. Aguhar’s work that combines porn, fashion, textile patterns, optical effects, trans identities, and queer jokes. They not intend to make teaching work, or art to represent the entirety of the LGBTIQA community, they express their situated experience of the spectrum. "
Babak Golkar “Grounds for Standing and Understanding”
In this work, Golkar juxtaposes specific Western modernist tendencies, such as the use of minimalist language in modern architecture, against the very specific traditions of the geometric patterns found in nomadic Persian carpets. This juxtaposition generates a dynamic visual and conceptual reflection on existent cultural barriers, while additionally referencing the erected symbols of western patriotism against the emerging megapolis’ of Middle-Eastern countries.