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Eric Robinson’s “Leathermen” at QIY: Queer It Yourself – Big Gay Art Show

Eric Robinson and "Leathermen" at Las Manos Gallery in Chicago

Eric Robinson’s wet-plate ambrotypes will be showing as part of QIY: Queer It Yourself, which opens Saturday at SOMArts. The exhibit presents alternative, queer, do-it-yourself processes and projects, collaborations, zines, posters, green architecture, activist interventions and recuperations of low-tech media. Robinson took his 19th century kit (big awkard camera, portable darkroom, an array of chemicals, beakers and trays…) to the Dore “Up Your Alley” Fair in 2010, supplementing a series of portraits of Leathermen that he began the previous year. Images from that series will be on exhibit. More on Robinson here, here, here and here.

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Robinson at work making wet-plate ambrotypes. These one-of-a-kind photographs on glass were common during the mid 19th century. As it disappears into the digital realm, this work reminds us of the physical, chemical and optical origins of photography. At the same time, generic conventions suggest that “fetish” photography should be slick and polished, suitable for publication in magazines, and “straight” in the photographic sense. These images kick that cliche, their hand-hewn aesthetic underscoring the sense that we are looking into not only the history of photography, but that of Leather. Old Guard all around…

QIY is part of the National Queer Arts Festival. This year’s theme is A Sustainable Queer Planet. More on the festival here and more soon. QIY opens Saturday, June 4th with a reception from 1pm until 4pm. SOMArts is located at 934 Brannan at 8th St. in San Francisco. The gallery is tucked under the freeway, just to the east of the Trader Joe’s complex.

Fresh Foot Traffic: Got Boots?

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Boots. What other item of foot ware pulls such partisan support, draws such devotees, fosters such fans? Polished, dirty, engineer, cowboy, motorcycle. Leather. Boots. These boots were made for walking. These boots were made for licking. These boots were made for dancing on the head of a pin. Got Boots? Post Pics in GH comments!

Sights seen at Scene Site: Dore / Up Your Alley San Francisco Street Fair

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Lots to look at as always at this year’s Dore/Up Your Alley Street Fair.  Boys and men from the sublime to the ridiculous, Leathermen from the Old, New and Avant Guards, Uniform Buffs, Rubber Fetishists, Sadists and masochists, subs and Doms, Bondage Freaks, Dragsters, Masters, slaves, Merchants and Peddlers, Porn Stars, Activists in droves, a smattering of Tourists, and an assortment of more exotic permutations of perversion including furries, superheroes, cartoon characters and other kinks apparently generated in front of the television on some Saturday morning long ago. Photoevent: July 25th, 2010.

Street Art seen at Dore / Up Your Alley Fair

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New street Art seen during Dore weekend in San Francisco. South of Market. SOMA. Photo-event July 25th, 2010.

The 15 Association at Dore / Up Your Alley Leather Street Fair.

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San Francisco’s 15 Association enjoyed a day at the Dore, or Up Your Alley street fair. The 15 Association is a social and sexual fraternity for men who engage in BDSM. Booth space was generously provided by Stop Aids, which has been working to prevent HIV transmission among all gay and bisexual men in San Francisco through multicultural, community-based organizing since 1985. Photoevent: July 25th, 2010, SOMA, San Francisco, CA. c. gayhighwaymen