Beautiful Confrontation


In early 2004, Gavin Newsom, then mayor of San Francisco, “issued a directive to the city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.” At the time I was creating art in Cincinnati, Ohio and was shocked to hear deeply homophobic and heterosexist statements coming from the community of artists I was involved with. Beautiful Confrontation was an unannounced installation composed of multi-colored Christmas lights embedded in frosted polypropylene spheres and placed in a darkened room near the entrance of our studios. Inviting people with it’s beautiful diffused glow and as their eyes adjusted, confronting them with a statement intended to put their beliefs in perspective.

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