Alt-Masc – Stephen Doyle

The Lavit Gallery, 5 Father Mathew St, Cork

6th Feb – 24th Feb 2018

Official opening at 5pm Tues 6th Feb. Special guest speaker, Sean Kissan Curator of Exhibtions, IMMA at 6pm

Recent CIT Crawford College of Art and Design graduate [and recipient of the Backwater Studios Graduate Residency Award from CCAD in 2017], Stephen Doyle is exhibiting his first solo show ‘Alt Masc’ at The Lavit Gallery in Cork this February. Doyle is the recipient of the Galley’s ‘Student of the Year Award’, making him the 50th emerging artist to debut his series of work under the prestigious title.

‘Alt Masc’ discusses the place of queer attributes within male culture. The work challenges societies perception of the male role. This exhibition is a display of the plurality of masculinities rather than the singular portrayal of hypermasculinity we have become accustomed to. It is a closer examination of societal pressures, to conform to outdated ideals. The work features a spectrum of queer men redefining the boundaries of the male identity. The individuals included in the figurative painting series are empowering an alternative version of man. While the installation elements co-inhabiting the space reflect a repressive expectation of characteristics associated with masculinity. Doyle’s previous work has been endorsed by queer icons Stephen Fry and Rory O’ Niell (a.k.a Panti Bliss). Quoting the work as “tragically necessary” and “Impressive”.