The Mayor's Office of LGBT Affairs
SANTIAGO GALEAS & MEG WOLENSKY
Celebrating Philadelphia's LGBTQ Pride, Community and Art
JULY 7 - JULY 28, 2018
Opening Reception Sat, July 7 6 - 9pm
iMPeRFeCT closes its exhibition season celebrating LGBTQ Pride and the work of Santiago Galeas and Meg Wolensky, two painters exploring queer identity and related issues through their art.
The installation 'The Glass House' by Michael Koehler is on view in THe GReaT GLaSS eLeVaToR. The ReDRooM features 'An All Red Room' by Edwin Bethea.
iMPeRFeCT will temporarily close after this exhibit, we'll reopen in early September with our 7th Annual Germantown Show. Stay tuned for the Open Call...
My work is primarily about representation. I want to bring to light populations that aren’t normally focused on in contemporary portraiture. As a queer Latino man I feel myself treading between finding myself as an artist and constantly standing in as the face of these communities that I represent. Many of my figures confront the machismo of Latin America, dissect the diaspora of Latino race and culture, and question our place within American culture, from recent immigrants to my fellow first generations coming of age. santiagogaleas.com
I make classical still life and figurative oil paintings that are disrupted by moments of intense personal narrative. Significant objects featured in my work have, in most cases, been gifted to me as quantifiable displays of affection to be documented and preserved. I understand closeness and separation through objects that simultaneously hold sentimentality, vivid memory, myth and history, spontaneity, and pain. I often combine objects with figurative elements and natural cycles, often including flowers as they blossom. These pieces speak to passion, fullness, passivity, confusion, and ephemerality as I navigate my own queer relationships while healing from an abusive past. megwolensky.com