Pacifico Silano, technologist, Photography, has a solo exhibition titled Cowboys Don’t Shoot Straight (Like They Used To) at the Houston Center for Photography. The gallery show, which opened on March 12 and will be on view through May 9, presents a series of large-scale, photo-based installations that explores imagery sourced from vintage gay pornography magazines published after the Stonewall Riots of 1969.
From Ashlyn Davis Burns, exhibition curator:
“As an artist born during the height of the AIDS epidemic in New York, Silano’s practice is keenly attuned to the sense of loss and invisibility felt by many in the gay community during the 1980s. As a child, he lost his uncle due to complications from HIV AIDS and witnessed his family’s subsequent erasure of any visual record of his life. While his biography figures prominently into the initial impulse behind his archival interventions and source material, this work extends far beyond the personal, diving deeply into the slipperiness of the medium of photography and the mutability of its meaning over time. Through cutting and layering, Silano obscures the explicit nature of the original imagery, instead presenting us with quiet, tender moments of reflection that become at once memorials for those who have passed as well as points of reflection on our current moment.”
For more information, contact Silano.