'Every Breath We Drew' Exhibit: Photographs By Jess T. Dugan
Above: Image from Artist Jess T. Dugan's series on display in San Diego from June 1 - August 21 at the JDC Fine Art Gallery. Courtesy of JDC Fine Art Gallery.
The work of Jess T. Dugan is powerful, exploratory, substantive, honest and, above all, intimate. Through engaging portraiture, Dugan investigates the constructs of identity and sexuality.
While we accept that our identities are the sum of our experiences, it may not occur to us as readily that our sexuality is also a construct that has been molded over time. In Every breath we drew, Dugan explores how identity is formed, sexuality and desire are expressed, and personal connections are made.
Dugan’s work functions on levels beyond exploration and documentation. The whole of this work reveals complicated truths we want to simultaneously grasp and let fall away. Dugan’s imagery makes us aware of the human desire to assign people into traditional gender categories, but in the instant we recognize this in ourselves we want to dismiss it. Rather than attempt to classify or define, we find ourselves enchanted by the beautiful humanity and individuality of each person we see.
Exhibition Dates: June 1 - August 21
Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, June 8 from 5:00 - 7:30 pm