Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music


 Opening Reception: March 7, 2014, from 6-10p    |    Artist Talk: April 19, from 2-4pm         Exhibit Dates: March 7 – April 25

Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music

Adrian Loving

Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is a groundbreaking new solo art exhibition by artist Adrian Loving. His works explore androgyny, gender roles, fashion and the sensationalism of style in 80s pop music. Included in this show is an installation of rare album covers from the late 1970s through the mid 80s from Loving’s personal collection. Themes of New Wave, Punk, Electro Boogie, New Romantic, Sexy Robots, Hair Bands and Jheri Curl Funk all play out through the identity of the artists presented on each album. The primary focus of the exhibition will be a series of six video art installations that will explore the aesthetic tension of duality in the visual identity of select musicians including: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Sylvester, Boy George and Prince all artists who have made an enduring statement in their musical careers through the use of androgyny. These short videos will be Loving’s aesthetic response to his impression of that duality and content of the musicians work. Each video contains a mix of sound, photography, video, text, pattern and rich color. Loving’s artistic goal is to tap into the unique essence, social power and flamboyance of how androgyny is played out in each musician. The viewer is challenged to make his or her own opinions about sexuality, gender and artistry as it relates to these legendary musical figures and confront Western society’s rigid constructs and viewpoints about gender.

*Please take note: Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is the first exhibit at the new home of Vivid Solutions Gallery, located within the Anacostia Arts Center. The new address is 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, just two doors down from its old location.