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Bois Just Wanna Have Fun

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until March 8, 2020


Bois Just Wanna Have Fun
December 10, 2019 – March 8, 2020
Downtown Gallery

Beautifully painted American landscapes in the tradition of the Hudson River Valley school of painters set the stage for artist Cobi Moules’ personal narrative relating to his queer and transgender identity.

Curatorial Text:
Bois Just Wanna Have Fun

Artist Cobi Moules grew up in rural California enveloped by the expansive western landscape by his family’s strict religious teachings. Moules found an outlet in art; painting pictures on his grandmother’s porch. In art school, Moules encountered the Hudson River Valley school of painting whose depictions of an omnipotent and sublime natural world seemed to echo his family’s religious beliefs.

The grand landscapes and romantic style of the Hudson River Valley school became part of an early American narrative of natural purity and limitless expansion. Moules chose this painting tradition as a backdrop to tell his own story as a queer and trans individual. His paintings invoke this tradition as a foil, substituting exalted certainty with nuanced questions. Moules describes the series of paintings presented here as, “fantastical, playful and sometimes humorous scenes as a way to reflect on and renegotiate my relationship with a fraught aspect of my own history.”

Hudson River Valley painters often depicted tiny figures in a vast landscape to visually underscore the overwhelming majesty of nature. Moules’ spirited figures – duplicate versions of the artist – occupy and overrun these “limitless” landscapes. These bois (a bit of genderqueer slang) replace solemn spirituality with playful mischievousness. Moules reflects, “Both complete Isolation and being amongst a large queer community bring a sense of safety and freedom.” These paintings combine both; one figure alone, together in their multiplicity.

These bois do not seem to reject nature or fear the sublime; they appear at home in these reimagined landscapes. Their playful innocence invites us to revisit old assumptions and ask what is “natural”? Who is pure? And whose stories get to be told on history’s walls?


March 1
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Downtown Gallery
416 Market St.
Lewisburg, PA 17837 United States
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