For the exhibit “Love and Care for Your Brother,” artist Matthew Pawlowski reflects on the Bay Area gay experience. Pawlowski is interested in the conflict between acceptance and “otherness.” He focuses on an ethereal intersection where gay culture and a larger California mind set meet.
Through a traditionally feminine art form, Pawlowski pictorially reconsiders gay symbols, history, and representation. The repetitive nature of needle work, a ruminative medium, infers self-recorded history. Pawlowski presents his response to gay culture’s West Coast journey into the 21st century.