Lauren Hortie is an artist, educator and DJ based in Toronto Ontario. Her bodies of work include the award-winning animated short film What Ever Happened to Jackie Shane?, the illustrated portrait series Gay and Night, numerous gig posters, album covers and the My First Lesbian Colouring Book series. Hortie’s work examines the role nightlife, subverted pop culture and creative resistance play in fostering a vibrant subculture that bucks assimilation. Her work has been displayed at ACE Art Winnipeg, VideoFag, Inside Out Film Festival, the Ontario Craft Council and the telephone pole across the street from your house.
“If you’re lookin’ at me you’re lookin’ at country
You don’t see no city…
If your eyes are on me you’re lookin’ at country”
In the North American cultural imagination, the queer experience takes place in the city. Bars, nightlife, cruising, and community building all happen under the bright lights of a metropolis. Yet, if you ask any number of LGBTQ people in Toronto where they are from, many relocated to the city as teens or young adults from rural or suburban areas. Urbanization is a global trend, but within the queer community the city holds not only promise of economic opportunities, but freedom from oppression and connection to a community.
In her series You’re Looking At Country, artist Lauren Hortie illustrates portraits of LGBTQ Torontonians who grew up in rural settings. Hortie has drawn her subjects juxtaposed to the panoramic landscapes where they grew up. Emphasizing both their connection to, and isolation in, their home environments, Hortie aims to highlight feelings of alienation and nostalgia that come with the experience of growing up as a queer in the country.
Opening Reception is on June 25th from 7-10pm on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Floor Galleries.
TSG: Fall to Pieces is a 2 month exhibition of new projects created by LGBTTI2QQ artists about their experiences of disability, radicalization, class, and other intersectional experiences of identity. The show attempts to interrupt the idea of a homogenous queer community and reimagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.