Co-curators: Adrian Rivas and Pilar Tompkins
Gallery 727 is pleased to present Outings, a group exhibition exploring
public spaces in Los Angeles that have traditionally been appropriated
by gay men for male/male encounters. These urban spaces tend to
be unassuming areas within the city’s everyday landscape –
from the alleyway of Melrose Avenue, to wooded areas like Griffith
and Elysian Parks as described in books written by John Rechy and
other gay/lesbian underground novelists.
These settings hold a silent tension within them; one that is filled
with a fleeting sense of longing, love and loneliness. Controversy
shadows these locations, as urban revitalization projects and gentrification
force city planers to confront their existence and their relevance
to surrounding communities.
Once viewed as a mainstay for anonymous trysts, the nature of
these domains today shifts as the internet and changes in societal
acceptance have transformed interpersonal channels.