This year's Pride celebration began not with a bang but a statement Wednesday night with a conceptual art exhibit at the W Atlanta -Midtown Hotel. The show entitled Only Dick, No Jane is a series of works by artist Larry Anderson that explores the labels and stigmas projected on gay men through light and somewhat humorous concepts.
As host of the event, W Midtown provided attendees with Asian inspired hor devours, progressive music via the house DJ and Pride-tini's, a cosmopolitan-based martini drink made with Skyy Passion Fruit vodka, X-Rated liqueur and cranberry juice.
Anderson, who teaches art classes at SCAD in Atlanta compiled this series to inspire candid dialog about prejudices which he eludes to in his show introductory statement as "redefining the argument."
"To redefine the argument is to take sex out of the equation and just have us be people," explains Anderson. "The whole religious right thing is over the sex issue and that's such a small part of our lives. When we're young its not any part of our lives, its about desire."
In his works, Anderson positions Dick, a primary character in the Fun with Dick and Jane reading development books of the '30s in several translations of well known homophobic slurs.
Only Dick, No Jane is on display in the W Atlanta-Midtown Hotel mezzanine throughout Pride weekend, Fri. October 30 through Sun. November 1.
(photos by Edward Adams and Lisa Baxter)