For pride this year I was given the opportunity to write about two of my favourite humans / mentors / artists and activists Allyson Mitchell and Deirdre Logue as part of CBC Arts Superqueeros which was released yesterday. So many important queer Canadians are highlighted and I’m honoured to have written alongside lgbtq writers whose work I’ve admired for a long time. Thank you Peter Knegt for including me. I couldn’t think of a better way of celebrating my queerness and recognizing the people and movements who have allowed me and my work to exist today.
You can read the essay here.
I will be selling a limited edition of a new multiple at the Xpace Cultural Centre Fundraiser Exhibition + Sale on June 12. There will be 35 microfibre glasses cleaning cloths inspired by a dreamy textile in the 1986 lesbian classic Desert Hearts. Detailed info can be found on the fundraiser website: https://xpacefundraiser2019.tumblr.com/
I’m excited to announce my forthcoming solo exhibition Heaven is a Place on Earth that will be opening at Patel Projects the evening of June 13th. The exhibition runs from June 13 - July 25 and consists of all new work.
The gallery is located at 184 Munro St and accessed at the rear.
Heaven is a Place on Earth explores the potential for queerness along the spectrum of utopia to dystopia. Drawing from lesbian representation in fiction and popular culture, Crossman combines imagery and ephemera from cult narratives such as ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and ‘Desert Hearts’, with objects that make reference to Toronto’s own lost queer and lesbian spaces, blurring the lines between fiction and reality.
For the past few months Luke Maddaford and I have been developing off centre, an online publication dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of large metropolitan centres.
To be off centre means to be less conventional, other, eccentric, strange, or to deviate from the norm.
Since leaving Toronto in 2016 my eyes have opened much wider to the culture and rich creative work that is taking place outside of the main Canadian art hubs that are situated in the largest metropolitan centres.
off centre is dedicated to writing about contemporary art and artists outside of these centres. We believe it is important to provide opportunities for and highlight the practices of artists, writers, and curators who produce and exhibit in these regions, challenging the expectation that culture emerges in the centre and works its way beyond.
off centre is committed to working with artists, writers, and curators who are considered emerging, Indigenous, racialized, Queer, working in alternative practices and abilities, from diverse cultural backgrounds, or otherwise underrepresented.
We lauched the project this month, and you can read more about it and our call for submissions on the website: https://weareoffcentre.com
We’re also working on the first pieces of writing, which will be posted in the coming weeks.
I was recently interviewed by Graham Isador over at CBC Arts about my work in the “Power Play” exhibition on for a few more weeks at the Art Gallery of Windsor. You can read the article here.