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Chris Komater: Allegory of Inclination

October 22 - November 27

A figure lies on their side, a cream colored sheet draped over their midsection, their hand on their knee and their white beard out of focus and half out of frame.

Chris Komater has borrowed the title of his new series of photographs, Allegory of Inclination, from a 17th century work by the great Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Artemisia was commissioned by the Casa Buonarotti in Florence to create a work that celebrated Michelangelo’s inborn artistic ability—his “inclination” towards artistic expression. Komater’s version is a gathering of the subject matter that has been the basis of his various projects over the years, the flowers of his aesthetic desire, in a way: the older male body and its aesthetic and sensual representation. His desires and narratives are given visual form through photography, a medium that is as true and objective as it is malleable and obfuscating.

Chris Komater is a San Francisco-based artist. His photographs and sound installations have been shown at Cheryl Haines Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, Meridian Gallery, and the LAB Gallery in San Francisco; Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles; and Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston. He is the recipient of a WESTAF-NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, a Market Street Art-in-Transit grant, and was the founding director and curator of Secession Gallery, a non-profit gallery without walls in San Francisco, and the online arts venue, Marjorie Wood Gallery. This is Komater’s eighth solo show at Mercury 20 Gallery.


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LGBTQIA+ artist(s)
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Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th Street
Oakland, CA 94612 United States
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