Drama Queen

Artist: Wayne Hollowell

June 26 - 30, 2013

Reception: June 26, 7 - 10pm

Hours that week:
Wed-Thur 2-9pm;   Fri 2-10pm;   Sat 12-10pm;   Sun 12-6pm

Pop is back and just in time for NYC Pride. Michael Mut Gallery delivers more drama than any queen should ever have to take with artist Wayne Hollowell's solo show Drama Queen. Hollowell splashes every color of Dorothy's rainbow onto canvas and brings to life the most spectacular characters in Gay Hollywood History. Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Mommie Dearest, and Mahogany are just a sample of the cinematic jewels Hollowell celebrates with his new series.

Image of artwork by artist Wayne Hollowell at Michael Mut Gallery, Lower East Side, NYC June 2013

Only at Michael Mut Gallery will you see Oprah's VAJAAAYJAAAAY, Divine as Dawn Davenport from Female Trouble and a super fabulous glittering Liberace just "hanging out." If reality drama is more your taste, then feast your eyes on his Big Edie and Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame and "Ain't nobody got time fo' dat!" Sweet Brown. Ramona Singer and Nene Leakes. This fête of pop culture portraits are also a visual homage to the words and characters of Edward Albee, Tennessee Williams and Alice Walker.

The oversized portraits explore the dark side of human nature, the beautifully grotesque and that spectral sadness that plagues so many of us. Hollowell states, "I aim to invoke the complexity and despair of these characters while celebrating their camp factor; something the gay community has done for decades."

Growing up in 1970's rural North Carolina, the artist was mesmerized by the camp and tragedy of many of these characters: "I always felt they were like the women in our trailer park, passed out in the yard." Hollowell studied at North Carolina School of the Arts, received a BFA in painting from Atlanta College of Art and did Graduate Studies at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Everybody needs a painting of Mommie over the dining room buffet, so come get yours. From Baby Jane to Sweet Brown this is the gayest (art) show in town!

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