How do you "talk about sex" and not show any sex? Our Art Editors looked for
artwork that could join the conversation, talking in an intimate way about
sexuality and personal experience, as the articles do. They hit the jackpot with
collage artist David King of San Francisco, whose work explores his response
to sexuality, spirituality, and HIV (he has been HIV-postive for 20 years) through
the process of choosing, cutting, and juxtaposing images of men and women
exercising, ballet dancers, divers, scientists, pilots, and lace doilies. "Growing
up gay in a heterosexual world is to wonder where our emotions fit, and to
constantly translate and or reinterpret the images we see around us," he says.
"Though I was raised in a Catholic family, icons of Christianity have no power to
connect me with the larger reality I believe is beyond the world we live in. So
I've created my own icons of faith. My angels and goddesses are the saints that
help guide me on my journey."
David's collages have been shown in Europe and much of the U.S. He is proud to
be participating in the exhibit Visual Aid at 16, opening April 15 at Yerba Buena
Center for the Arts, San Francisco. More of his work and information can be found
Feats of Magic #7, 2003. Collage on paper, 4 3/4" x 4
Bringing Us Home, 2002. (From the "Air Goddesses"
series.) Collage on paper, 8" x 8".