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John Gutoskey

Your Very Flesh Will Be A Great Poem (From Whitman 200) | 28″ x 20″ | Mixed media monoprint | 2019

Artist Statement

My artwork looks critically at & comments upon the personal, political, & social issues affecting the LGBTQ community. I ground a lot of my work in queer theory to shine a spotlight on queerness, queer culture & history, and what it means to be queer in contemporary society. My need to respond to current events is what keeps me going back into my studio to make new work. My subjects over the past 15 years have included marriage equality, queer families, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”, liminality & queer space, Walt Whitman, the Pulse Nightclub massacre, HIV-AIDS, queer spirituality, the Pansy Craze, & queer identity. My work has been shown in galleries, museums, & art fairs around the US. BFA, Webster University in St. Louis in theater design (minor in sculpture). MFA, University of Michigan School of Art & Design in printmaking (certificate in LGBTQ Studies). I am the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Detroit Artist Market

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.