Arts Commons Presents
Hunting. Gathering. Worshiping.
A labour of love examining the beauty of LGBTQ men
Lightbox Studio (Beside the Martha Cohen Theatre)
Dates: September 5, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Artist Reception: Happenings #6 in Upper Centre Court at Arts Commons on Monday, October 31 from 6-9pm
Arts Commons Presents is excited to showcase Calgary artist Lyndon Navalta’s Hunting. Gathering. Worshiping., a series of large pencil crayon portraits of LGBTQ men in the Lightbox Studio.
With a successful career in illustration, art direction, as well as animation with the National Film Board of Canada, this is Lyndon’s first gallery exhibition. His illustrations explore the relationship between abstraction and representation in portraiture, and by focusing on LGBT men, he reveals elements of both their animalistic masculinity as well as their unusual, seductive glamour.
“I wield masculinity in my portraiture as a commanding element, at the same time romanticizing and magnifying effeminate qualities in my subjects,” says Navalta. “This play on power dynamic is a delicate balance of magic and power.”
Lyndon Navalta is an illustrator, designer, and animator based in Calgary, Alberta. He holds a Bachelor of Design with distinctions from the Alberta College of Art + Design (2013) and since then has cultivated a career in both the illustration and animation industry. Lyndon has been involved with organizations like Quickdraw Animations Society, Calgary Underground Film Festival and is currently working on an animated short called “Skin For Skin” about the 18th century fur trade in Canada for the National Film Board of Canada.