ARTIST STATEMENT
I've always been attracted by things hidden in the shadows. In the popular imagination, the inhabitants of shadows are traditionally flamboyant, gender bending demons, villains, vampires, and monsters. In my eyes, the term QUEER unites all these roles. Growing up as a feminine boy, I actively sought refuge in the shadows to avoid ridicule and violence even though hiding made me feel invisible and disconnected from the world. As an artist, I am inspired by people, places and objects that have long been forgotten or deemed obsolete. Whether an old beach town, a forgotten pulp fiction writer, or a 1970s black and white tube camera, I recognize these shadow dwellers as somehow queer in their own right. I am curious about their history, purpose, and how they came to be discarded and forgotten. My works spotlight these discoveries to be reconsidered in a modern context — and unified through a queer perspective.
BIO
BOBBY ABATE (Brooklyn, NY) is a queer artist, filmmaker and editor. Exhibitions and screenings include the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York Film Festival, Guggenheim in Bilbao, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, San Francisco Cinematheque,  the ICA in London and most recently the 42nd annual Harper College Small Works exhibition. Bobby has a BFA from MassArt in Boston and an  MFA degree from Bard College. He was the 2020 recipient of the Princess Grace Artist Development Grant.  In 2021, Bobby released the Outsider Tarot, a queer re-invention of the Tarot featuring 80 original artworks.  As an editor, Bobby's credits include the queer docuseries We're Here on HBO and animation projects with drag artist Sasha Velour. He is also working on an ongoing series of 2D works and a screenplay focused on the queer underground and drag culture in the era before the Stonewall riots of 1969. 
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