Opening reception October 24th, 6-8 pm
Exhibition dates October 25 - November 17, 2019
Meantime Co. presents Rebels I Know, an exhibition of portraits painted by Boris Torres. On view will be approximately 20 of 40 portraits painted by Torres over the last 4 years. A limited edition publication of the same title with an essay by Martabel Wasserman will be printed on the occasion of the exhibition.
A few years ago a friend commissioned me to paint his portrait from life. Once a week, for several months, he would come to my studio and sit for me. Afterwards, I missed his visits and this led me to realize that painting a person from life allowed me to connect with them on a deeper level. Our exchange and shared experience was recorded with paint, permanently. I started asking my friends to come and pose for me so that I could continue having these intimate experiences.
Many of the people who I have painted are artists and activists, and of this group, many are also queer. I consider them all "rebels" because they have impacted our community for the better through their work. These portraits are of the people I love and admire and my desire is that they reflect something true about the person and of our experience together. Because of this, I no longer work on the portrait after the person leaves my studio.
Boris Torres was born in Ecuador in 1976 and moved to Brooklyn as a child. Over the last 15 years he has been creating work that explores queer identity and history, and his personal experiences growing up as a queer immigrant in New York. He got his MFA at Brooklyn College- and continues to live and work in New York.