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Personal Differences
queerness and masculinity

paintings by Randal Fedje

The idea that masculinity and queerness are separate entities is a fallacy. The image of the nineteenth century muscle man in a singlet and a giant handlebar mustache (the iconic ideal of masculinity), is also an iconic figure of the homosexual masculine male stereotype. Our ideas of gender and sexuality are morphing everyday, becoming an amoebic form spitting out and engulfing not only our everyday thoughts of what is and what isn't, but also creating new beings, individuals that were perhaps once thought of as non existent.

The human portrait is steeped in history. A portrait might record the likeness of a person, but through props, costume and positioning, may also suggest a narrative of the individual as well. You get a sense of who the person is, of what they aspire to be remembered as through the image that is left behind. The paintings in Fedje's latest exhibition Personal Differences, queerness and masculinity, do the same thing. These are individuals captured and portrayed in various costume and action that tell the story of the modern queer male.

Randal Fedje is an artist residing and working out of Toronto. Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Fedje received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Regina and his Masters of Visual Arts from the University of Southern Queensland in Australia. Working in a variety of mediums, he uses the material most appropriate for the concept of the work he is creating but always believes in good craftsmanship as being part of the overall theory of his creations. Fedje's artistic approach is based on the balance of theoretical art practice married with technical skill. He believes you must have both for the art to tell it's story. Fedje has exhibited internationally in Canada, The United States and Australia.