By Christopher Harrity
Originally published on Advocate.com October 12 2013 4:00 AM ET
Driven by the desire for adventure and discovery, Cobi Moules set out across America not only to explore the country's natural beauty and diversity but also to reflect upon his position within it. Moules's study of the grand American landscape quickly conjures up images and iconography from a variety of historical landscape paintings, most notably mid-19th-century American landscape paintings.
Loosely utilizing the Hudson River School as a visual point of departure, Moules metaphorically utilizes the landscape as a stand-in for his own Christian upbringing. "Bois Just Wanna Have Fun" is a synthesis of wanderlust and raison d'être, where he creates a fantasy world in which only he exists.
Moules says, "I see a number of ideological links between their [Hudson River School] works and a specific current American Christian culture that was an integral part of my formative years; particularly in regards to ideas of purity and the honor of sacrificing one's selfhood for the glory of God. As a queer and transgender person, I seek to renegotiate my relationship with this upbringing and the act of being told I am 'unnatural' through such a pointed Christian lens."
"Bois Just Wanna Have Fun"
October 10 – November 9, 2013
Lyons Wier Gallery
542 W. 24th St., New York, NY 10011
Avalanche Lake, 2012
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Lake McDonald, 2012 (and detail below)
Morning in the Grand Canyon, 2012
Untitled (LaVerkin Creek), 2012
Untitled (Fallen tree near LaVerkin Creek), 2012 (and detail below)
Untitled (Evening in the Grand Canyon), 2012 (and detail below)
Untitled (Fallen tree near LaVerkin Creek, 2), 2012 (and detail below)
Untitled (Badlands), 2013
Untitled (Island in the sky), 2013 (and detail below)
Untitled (On the Pacific Coast), 2013 (and detail below)
Untitled (Southwest), 2013
Untitled (Swimming in the Pacific), 2013
Untitled (Winter in Wyoming), 2013 (and detail below)
Untitled (Coalpits Wash), 2013
Untitled (Coast of Washington), 2013 (and detail below)
Untitled (Fall in Yosemite), 2013
Untitled (Little Devil's Tower), 2013
Untitled (Clover Canyon), 2013 (and detail below)