The Bay Area Body

"Body, Body, Bodies" presents 27 artists who take on the body for your pleasure and edification in a new exhibit in San Francisco produced by the Queer Cultural Center for the National Queer Arts Festival 2014.



De Joe Hoyos

A Father's Son, 1995
collage (cut paper on Bristol Board)
9 1/2″ x 12″ (unframed)

A Mother's Secrets, 1995
collage (cut paper on Bristol Board)
9 1/2″ x 12″ (unframed)

Artist statement: These works are about sexuality, addiction, secrets, and loss (health, love, life), and how fragmented the lives of my parents were and are; my mother is still alive.

Laurie Edison
Nude portrait of the late lesbian erotic photographer Tee Corinne
archival digital print
6" × 7.5" (unframed)

Artist statement: I grew up in New York City, and have lived in San Francisco for half of my life.  I became a photographer 25 years ago at the age of 47.  Until recently, my work has focused on the beauty and complexity of real bodies.

My suites of black and white darkroom portraits include Women of Japan (clothed portraits of women from many cultures and backgrounds) done in collaboration with Japanese feminists, and my books Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes (1994) and Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes (2004).  My work in progress is “Memory Landscapes: A Visual Memoir,” a color digital exploration of my life in time.  I’m an activist focusing on body image (broadly interpreted) and related issues.  I blog with my editor and writing partner, Debbie Notkin, at Body Impolitic.

My work has been exhibited internationally over the last 25 years.  The most recent exhibitions were a group of photographs in The Allure of the Collection, the 35th Anniversary Exhibition at the National Museum of Art, Osaka, and international feminist exhibitions including “Woman + Body,” in Seoul and Gwangju, South Korea, and “Half the Sky” in Shenyang, China.

My photos in “Body, Bodies, Bodies...” are nude portraits of Tee Corinne and Samuel R. Delany.

The portrait of my friend Tee Corinne was taken shortly before her death in 2006. Tee was a groundbreaking Lesbian erotic artist whose works included the Cunt Coloring Book, solarized erotic photographs of lesbians, and her remarkable final project “Scars, Stoma, Ostomy Bag, Portacath: Picturing Cancer In Our Lives.”

The portrait of Samuel R. Delany is from Familiar Men. He is a poet, literary critic, and has just been named a grandmaster of science fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America. From his earliest books as a science fiction writer, his work has included issues of sexuality, ethnicity, race and gender, including polyamorous love. He brought queerness into the future.

My website is Laurie Toby Edison: Photographer (


Preston Gannaway

Teddy and his best friend Jamesie Johnson take self-portraits for Facebook in Jamesie’s bathroom.

Artist statement: "Out in the Hood" is a project documenting the life of a young gay black man living in public housing. In this predominantly conservative area of Virginia, Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards is part of a vibrant gay community that is largely invisible.

I was initially drawn to Teddy by his openness and also his physicality: he’s still built like the football player his family thought he’d be. His sexuality is not immediately apparent; he looks like any other young black man you’d see around the Tidewater area.

It might be surprising to some that Teddy’s immediate community is accepting of his sexuality. Unfortunately much of his larger community is not. Like many parts of the South, southeastern Virginia is predominantly conservative; it is also home base for the Christian Broadcasting Network televangelist Pat Robertson who for years has led a charge against gay people.

Preston Gannaway (b. 1977) is an independent documentary photographer known for her intimate stories about families and subcultures. Her story on the St. Pierre family, Remember Me, was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. Her work has been honored in numerous other national and international competitions including Pictures of the Year International, NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Critical Mass, American Photography and Communication Arts. Preston’s photographs have been exhibited both in the United States and abroad. She is a regular lecturer and has served as guest faculty in a variety of educational workshops. A native of North Carolina, she is currently based in Oakland, California, accepting editorial and commercial work while pursuing long-term projects.

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