Masculinity and sexuality observed, mixed and explored...
From Christopher Selleck:
Growing up in the late 1980’s/90’s as a closeted gay man, I felt like an outside observer to masculinity. Using sports and masculinity as a lens to view identity, my various projects of the last few years have focused on this area of identity construction. My work explores the tension between social ideals of what is it to be a man and how I and others react
I examine the lack of realistic or authentic gay representation in cultural spaces, primarily in television at that time using polymer photogravure and photography to recreate potential for encounters that men found in men’s rooms. Cruising was a method of connecting when social acceptance of gay identity was less common place and discretion was necessary.
My Photogravures of noted Minneapolis cruising spots with their invitations and markings serve as a record of the potential engagements present, past or future. While gay and queer representation is becoming highly visible and increasingly younger people are finding acceptance earlier, these messages on the walls remind us of that earlier time.
Christopher Selleck was born in Augusta, GA. He received his BFA in Photography from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2013 and his MFA in Visual Studies and Photography from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2016. Selleck’s work has been exhibited regionally and nationally at: The Plains Art Museum, Rochester Art Center, The DeVos Art Museum, Soo Visual Art Center and The Duluth Institute among others.