Brea Weinreb “Heterotopia”

Monya Rowe Gallery

poster for Brea Weinreb “Heterotopia”

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Monya Rowe Gallery presents a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brea Weinreb titled Heterotopia.

Through a unique point of view - examination of gay male culture from the perspective of a queer
female - Weinreb explores the ways we look at men and the ways men look at each other, socially as
well as art historically. By centering on minimally-clothed and nude men, Weinreb’s paintings subvert
the long-established trope of nude poses associated with women while also challenging the male-to
female gaze as the only acceptable cross-gender gaze in painting.

The exhibition title, Heterotopia, is borrowed from philosopher Michel Foucault’s (1926-1984) concept used to describe spaces that are considered “other”. In Foucault’s “Of Other Spaces”, he discusses landscapes that contain worlds within worlds, in which reality is represented, contested and inverted.

For this exhibition, Weinreb looked to Modernist paintings of leisure scenes and male bathers,
particularly Paul Cézanne (1839-1906), Frédéric Bazille (1841-1870), and Edgar Degas (1834-1917).
However, the postures, attitudes and electric atmosphere in Weinreb’s paintings of friends are a
contradiction to the historical depictions which initially drew inspiration. Voyeuristically observing her
subjects through a tender and loving lens, Weinreb’s protagonists are depicted playfully lounging
around, swimming, head-standing and cavorting in outdoor bacchanalian gatherings that the artist hosts:
“I see the head-stander as a symbol of playfulness, vulnerability and strength, and as a literal inversion to
the upright erectness found in those historic bather paintings.”

The romantic landscapes, which shift from present-day Los Angeles to landscapes borrowed from art
historical sources, allude to an Arcadian paradise free of inhibitions, full of freedom, and abundant with
sex. However, as the artist says: “The main thing I want to show is the contradictions - that men can be
portrayed as both strong and soft, vulnerable and protected, spiritual and hedonistic.”

Brea Weinreb (b. 1994, Long Island, NY) received a BA from University of California, Berkeley. Recent exhibitions include Taymour Grahne Projects, London; Green Family Art Foundation, Dallas; Steven Zevitas Gallery, Boston; and Monya Rowe Gallery, NY. Weinreb lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.



from January 05, 2023 to February 11, 2023

Opening Reception on 2023-01-05 from 18:00 to 20:00


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