O’Connor Art Gallery at Dominican University, River Forest, IL | On view January 17, 2018-March 2, 2018
Dominican University’s O’Connor Art Gallery presents Le Male, a two-person exhibition featuring Chicago-based artist Dutes Miller and Brooklyn based artist Felipe Baeza. Le Male, the name of the fragrance by Jean Paul Gautier served as the catalyst for this exhibition, shaped like the torso of a Greek sculpture, the explicitly sexualized fragrance bottle suggests the ideal male form. Le Male explores themes of desire, sexuality, and monstrosity through forms that alter and abstract the male body. Baeza’s collage work reconstruct history through the reassembly of imagery, combining images of pre-Colombian artifacts and gay pornographic print media. Dutes Miller’s deformed creature-like sculptures combine fantasy and male sexuality, they personify pleasure, desire, and erotic possibilities. Together, Baeza and Millers’ work present alternative perspectives in which to consider the body, sexuality and desire.