Julien Langevin, Painting
Through an analyzation of their own body, gender identity, and personal philosophy, Julien’s work questions the authority of an aesthetic relationship between gender identity and presentation of self. By using traditional painting methods and drawing on the history of classic portraiture and presentation of the female body, they delve into the belly of society’s need to beautify and decorate the female figure in order for it to be considered as an acceptable form, critiquing this point of view. Julien uses their own experiences being a feminine-presenting genderqueer person to cultivate relationships between color, form, and deco within their work, and critique them in a way that brings light to recognizing gender as a spectrum. By beautifying the obscurely androgynous figures within their paintings, Julien deals with personal issues concerning their own physical body and how it contradicts their gender identity, as well as confronting their viewers with an image that will force them to consider the relevance of femininity in association to gender and personal presentation.
Published in Wunderkind Magazine, Issue 2, 2017
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It is often difficult to see clearly the paths which we must take to achieve justice. The illusion of representational politics is sometimes responsible for clouding this view, as most times the truth is considered the least important in order to attain a goal. In the case of American politics over the past few months, truth has been exploited and vandalized, left to wither with us in the desolate environment known as the space which grief occupies. Absolute certainty, which has never been a constant in any political system, is now obsolete. The people in higher government do not care about facts, and are more concerned with control over information, the regulation of minds and bodies in order to facilitate power and maintain the illusion of freedom. Trust has been lost even at the level of individual perception. Civilians are now made to question the agency of their own will. We have been forced to wake up to the screen that has been superimposed over our eyes. The glazing of our senses with fraudulent “facts” and mock news has been brought to our attention, and we have found a new prospect with which to look upon our current political structure. This gaze will persevere—and we will not be silent until we achieve clarity.
Published in Germinal Magazine, Issue 1, 2017