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March 01-04, 2018

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2018 SPE Annual Conference: Uncertain Times: Borders, Refuge, Community, Nationhood / Hosted by The University of the Arts

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Logan Rollins

SPE Member since 2009
Member Chapter: Northeast

2014 Caucus Application Portfolio

Makeshift Theatre began with the mantra “so bad it’s good.” This idea allowed for
considered, anti-aesthetic choices to create an intriguing conversation. This tête-à-tête
examines the relationship between camp and homosexual identity with deliberate nods to
pop culture by embracing stereotypes and paying homage to artists such as Arthur Tress,
James Bidgood and Pierre at Gilles. These artists are known for pushing societal
boundaries that contradict the idea of propriety and “Establishment” art. The body of
work suggests that it is acceptable to laugh, to do things incorrectly, and to embrace
imperfection. Makeshift Theatre is performative; it does not present the complex,
dimensional identity of the subject, but rather the one dimensional, more stereotypical
character in the makeshift theatre of identity as performance.
This project challenges a viewer’s perception of what it means to be a master in
terms of both taste and skill. Early on in the project, it became essential to establish that
each photo shoot needed to be as simple as possible. The images serve to remind the
viewer that meaning can be encoded in any photograph, regardless of whether or not it
aligns with traditional standards. Technical and design choices are made with a sense of
wrongness in mind, as some rules are made to be broken. This anti-aesthetic effect is
deliberate and by breaking from inherited standards of craft and taste, I effectively free
myself from imposed limitations; the risks taken become simultaneous recognition and
refusal of what has come before. This then contextualizes identity – both internal and
external – within the medium of photography and suggests that identity is much broader
than putative standards.

All is Fair

Let Them Eat Shade

Queen, Be

Gay-sha

Youth in Repost (Houseboy)

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