Queer theorist and art critic José Esteban Muñoz wrote, “Queerness is essentially the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on the potential for another world. “Surviving the Wilds of the Panhandle” is a glimpse into that other world.
Employing neo-spatial aesthetics, Grubb’s installation of glossy ceramic anthropomorphic vessels, video, foil, sand and building materials is set in the past as a starting point to develop a vision of the queer future rooted in persistent and radical optimism. He navigates the unease and discomfort of his identity as a queer man new to the southern landscape through Reid F. Tillery’s 2005 guide, “Surviving the Wilds of Florida.” As Tillery states, “Florida is a beautiful state with vast wilderness areas that beckon to be explored. But to safely enjoy any wilderness setting, you need to know how to ensure your own well-being, as well as that of your companions. Grubb transforms the art gallery into a home base for clusters of ceramic forms – communities offering security and the suggestion of a welcoming future.
Solo exhibition “Surviving the Wilds of the Panhandle” by artist Justin Quaid Grubb will be accompanied by a limited number of exhibition catalogs featuring an artist statement and an essay by Ariel Kroon, PhD, available free of charge for the public.
TAG is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. All events are free and open to the public.
The University of West Florida Art Gallery seeks to challenge, stimulate, and engage students and the general public through direct interaction with contemporary works of art.