OAT MONTIEN “Desert Lasso and Other Adventures of the Gay Asian Cowboy”

5th January 2024, 7:00 pm

Date/Time
Date(s) - 5th Jan 2024 - 7th Jan 2024
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
TOM House

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VERNISSAGE: Friday 5th January from 7-10p
VIEWINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (Call to schedule: +1 213 250 1685)

 

OAT MONTIEN Service Pup (Submission), 2023

 

“When my dad passed away last year, he left me his cowboy boots and his leather chaps. I put them on and rode out to the High Desert. There began the adventures of the Gay Asian Cowboy.” – Oat Montien

 

In his latest works made during his 2023 residency at TOM house, Montien created a fictional character that explores the hyper-masculine cowboy archetype. The “Gay Asian Cowboy” is his Queer take on his late father’s fascination with the Western genre, influenced by various erotica including Tom of Finland’s Kake in the Wild West, Physique Pictorial’s cowboy bondage, and the Shibari art of Sadao Hasegawa.

By stepping into the shoes of the Gay Asian Cowboy, Montien is empowered to explore themes such as personal transformation and grief within his work. The bodies depicted here glow with spectacular colors as they represent energetic exchange. Another motive is the rope, tied in a Shibari style in honor of his Asian heritage and to represent trust, surrender and the act of letting go. He also introduces other symbols drawn from the desert landscape to deepen his narrative, creating a unique amalgamation of traditions and beliefs.

 

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VERNISSAGE PHOTOS BY MIGUEL ANGEL REYES


East meets west

      Back by popular demand, returning Tom of Finland Foundation Artist-in-Residence Oat Montien debuts a new body of work next Friday 5th January from 7-10p. Entitled Desert Lasso and Other Adventures of the Gay Asian Cowboy, this series of artworks uses the artist’s father’s fascination with the American West as a jumping off… View Article

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Published: 5th January 2024

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