Cobi Moules

"Cobi Moules is a transgender artist based in New York City. His work has been on display at a number of museums around the country. Cobi received his BFA from San Jose State University in 2004, and his MFA from the School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. His portfolio includes a variety of solo exhibitions, as well as group exhibitions. He has been an artist in resident at six different organizations and received a number of fellowships along his journey, including the Springborn Fellowship from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 2008, the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship in 2011, the Joan Mitchell MFA Grant in 2010, and the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant in 2012. In addition, he has received three awards for his work. He has also been invited to give artist lectures and talks at seven universities and other institutions across the United States."


Caroline Wells Chandler

"This will be a very gay show. This is how New York-based transgender artist Caroline Wells Chandler first described Queering the Lines, which is currently on view at Art League Houston (ALH). And the show does not disappoint. The exhibition features paintings of celestial bodies in ceramic drag, as well as hand crocheted drawings and sculptures of bears, antennas, equine familiars, and the axis mundi to explore notions of queerness in all its rainbow spectrum glory!"

There’s “Frostina” (2016), who bears scars from a double mastectomy FTM top surgery and holds his ankles in a jump split; his genitals, which may be a penis or a vagina — it’s unclear and, more importantly, unimportant — radiate a rainbow, while a pink cape hangs from his shoulders, anointing him a queer superhero.

Crocheting a Queer Vision of Art History

Queering the Lines:  Interview Caroline Wells Chandler


Jeffrey Cheung

"Jeffrey Cheung’s acrylic paintings engage the viewer as both abstract portraiture and intimate representations of desire. For “Closer”, the artist focuses on the physical interactions and affections between men. The figures prevalent throughout the work are exuberant in their movement, typically embracing one another with meandering arms. Oftentimes identical in appearance, these male nudes are rendered in a simplistic manner and energetic color palette. Cheung's compositions closely hug each figure, abstracting their movements on the canvas and further exaggerating their playfully-contorted positions. In response to heteronormative erotic art, the work re-examines gender norms and provides an empowering celebration of human connection.
In addition to painting, Cheung’s figures are also given life through various mediums on paper. “Closer” will feature four fragmented collages alongside a group of small ink drawings and Risograph prints. Achieved in the same minimal fashion as their acrylic counterparts, these works on paper examine different scenarios of emotional and physical expression. By way of this delicate and changeable material, Cheung responds to recent experiences and observations."


Christina Schlessinger - Tomboys

"The Tomboy paintings are based on images and memories of myself as a tomboy and were painted on my tomboy clothing: jeans, flannels, and T-shirts. I fought with my mother over wearing dresses. I wanted to wear pants, shoot marbles, and ride my bike really fast. I led a little gang that stole comic books from Scannel's drug store. That bright and sturdy tomboy spirit saved and saves me."