Jonathan Lyndon Chase talks painting and queer lives matter
Roberta talks with Jonathan Lyndon Chase, young artist on a meteoric rise. Two solo shows (in NY and Philly) and several group exhibitions for this 27-year old, who is articulate about his empowered paintings of the black gay male. - Artblog Editor

Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Jonathan Lyndon Chase, at our talk on Jan. 11.

In Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s paintings, faces go from cartoony (masks, he says) to realistic.  The subject is the body, the black male body, the black queer body.  Jonathan, who got his MFA from PAFA in 2016, is soft-spoken but intense.  Easy to talk with and direct in his answers, no BS. Four of his works are in the current Fleisher-Ollman exhibit, “Person, Place or Thing,” up to Jan. 28. Among other things in this conversation, Jonathan talks about his materials. His works are filled with materials-brio. His paint drips and glops, sometimes there is glitter and spray paint. Collage elements are sly but full of content. Embroidery freed him, in college, and gave him the way to connect materials to his subject of bodies. He grew up Baptist, and he has a lot to say about how the pulpit can be destructive to the community. Check out the artist’s website.

The podcast took place on Jan. 11, 2017, and is 30 minutes of good talk.

Thank you to The Galleries at Moore TGMR radio project for making this podcast possible, and especially to Matt Kalasky for inviting Artblog to participate in the Moore radio project. Listen to the interview with Jonathan Lyndon Chase at the TGMR site here.


black male sexuality, black queer sexuality, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, painting


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