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Joe SinnessSCENES
Daniel LuedtkeRESULTS

(*) In conjunction with HOLDING SPACE—curated by Cameron Downey


HAIR + NAILS Contemporary Art Gallery
2222 ½ E. 35th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

OPENING: Saturday, July 25, 2020   7-10pm
OPEN GALLERY HOURS: Saturdays/Sundays, 2:00-6:00 and by appointment through August 22.

See below for Covid-19 safety plan.

HAIR + NAILS is pleased to announce Joe SinnessSCENES || Daniel Luedtke RESULTS, concurrent solo art exhibitions of new drawings, prints, and sculpture at HAIR+NAILS opening July 25, 2020. With SCENES, Twin Cities artist Joe Sinness continues to work with themes from his extraordinary 2017 Minneapolis Institute of
Art (Mia) show “the Flowers”. Sourcing from porn, live models, Hollywood musicals, his images reject fear and heteronormativity in depictions of queer desire. Exquisitely drawn in colored pencil, Sinness’ vibrant photorealistic drawings result in a “subtle and sensitive feast for the eyes” (City Pages).

First Avenue describes Daniel Luedtke’s beloved Minneapolis band Gay Beast as “too weird for the stereotype ‘gay band’ and ‘too gay’ for the noise-rock set. Luedtke went on to earn an MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and is now on faculty of the Art Department at Florida State University. This homecoming art show displays the multi-talented artist continuing his straddling of disparate vibes and practices. In RESULTS, expect floor-bound sculptures and print-based 2-d works that are bold, bald and inspired by science-wonkiness in his exploration of how the health of bodies are quantified in these times of Covid.


In the artists’ own words:

Joe Sinness:

It is important to reintroduce the queer male body into art as desirable, sensitive, and worthy of love. The fear of gay male promiscuity is real, and I seek to balance an urge for heteronormative assimilation with more authentic subversion. The work is a personal means for visualizing desire and transforming shame into dignity and pride. Rather than hiding desire, I show ways that desire can be satisfied – by honoring queer sexual utopias of the past and by considering sexual landscapes of the future.

This new body of work is a continuation of the work I presented in my exhibition the Flowers at Mia in 2017. While the portraits in the Flowers were portrayed as heavenly bodies worthy of love and adoration, my new portrait characters take a less passive roll, bare their teeth, and find ways of interacting with one another. In this loose, continuously evolving esoteric porn ‘script,’ queer figures navigate through fantasy landscapes, encounter conflict, ghosts, and monsters, and enjoy sexual conquests with high camp and drama. In the drawing ‘Gift,’ (2020), the bejeweled hand of a contemporary queer offers a yellow tulip to a playgirl pinup of the past, showing how time and place can also be queered. The seductive trappings of photorealistic drawings become glossy, yet melancholic tributes to queer sexual performance in a given, fully realized world.

I work with both live models and images culled from pornographic sources, old Hollywood musicals, vintage physique pictorial magazines, etc., but my directorial role as artist is consistent no matter the source of the content to create a new fantasy scene. Once I’ve collaged the images together as art objects or digitally, I begin the slow process of recreating the images as colored pencil drawings.

Daniel Luedtke:

“I am thinking about figures and how their definitions come together.
Figure: A number. Official statistics or financial performance.
Figure: A person’s bodily shape. Representation of human form. Person seen indistinctly at a distance.

In Covid we are looking at figures every day, affecting what we do, where we go, and how we live, who we’re with… The number of infections and deaths illustrate an abstraction of how bad the pandemic really is. The daily assessment of the risks involved underscore the fragility of our own bodies, the ethics of our own agency, and our sense of individual control. They set the stage for when the state and the law must intervene. When do our desires and behavior become incompatible with the numbers? The work in “Results” isn’t a direct illustration of these questions, but is a backdrop to my exploration of how the health of bodies are quantified. “Results” is a poetic exploration of how these figures are presented back to us in the form of lab results, health related advertising, and narratives of cause and effect.”


Artist bios:

Joe Sinness is interested in the history of queer sexual performance and the way that queer people have found love and community. His colored pencil drawings on paper seek to visualize future sexual utopic landscapes and celebrate queer bodies. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently had a solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art titled the Flowers in 2017. Sinness was a recipient 2013 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship, a 2015 Fire Island Artist Residency (FIAR), and is a current 2019 McKnight Fellow. Sinness holds a BA in studio art and English literature from St. John’s University in Minnesota and a MFA from MCAD ’05. He works as a concept illustrator and lives in St. Paul. Sinness’ work was previously exhibited at HAIR+NAILS in the COLLECTING ART group show in 2017/8.

Daniel Luedtke is an interdisciplinary artist and musician living in Tallahassee FL. Luedtke’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and museums such as the Walker Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Tom of Finland Foundation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Art and Design in New York, and NP3 Gallery in the Netherlands. He/They are currently an Assistant Professor of Art at Florida State University.

Project support for Joe Sinness—SCENES + Daniel Luedtke—RESULTS has been provided by the Visual Arts Fund, administered by Midway Contemporary Art with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.


Daniel Luedtke: www.dnml.org ; www.instagram.com/dnmldaniel

Joe Sinness: www.joesinness.com ; www.instagram.com/joesinness



a public installation of image, video, light and sound 

curated by Cameron Downey
 (*) In conjunction with Joe Sinness—SCENES || Daniel Luedtke—RESULTS starting
  July 25


HAIR + NAILS Contemporary Art Gallery
2222 ½ E. 35th St. Minneapolis, MN 55407

SCHEDULE: Fridays and Saturdays, June 19-July 25, 2020. 9:00-10:00pm
LOCATION: Screenings are free, public events in the HAIR+NAILS frontyard.

…and then….

Continuing screenings in the HAIR+NAILS backyard sculpture garden July 25-August 22, 2020 during open gallery hours and by appointment.

See below for Covid-19 safety plan.

HAIR + NAILS is pleased to announce HOLDING SPACE—an installation of image, video, light and sound curated by Cameron Downey.

In the heat of the uprising after George Floyd’s murder, HAIR+NAILS invited Cameron Downey to curate a program of young, Black, queer art. Too soon in the Covid-19 pandemic to gather inside, too urgent a moment to wait, we for the first time deploy the public, street-facing, outdoor space of the HAIR+NAILS storefront widows and frontyard to mount massive projections and screenings of video and still image by Cameron Downey, Namir Fearce, Autticus Bell and Java Jones. After the July 25th event, the video program will continue, and evolve, in the HAIR+NAILS sculpture garden.

In artist/curator Cameron Downey’s words:

“Incubation of lasting change seldom comes about without radical hope, radical inspiration.
This event exists in the midst of because of and for the revolutionary actions that hold Minneapolis close. There is no more exigent a time for tender, visionary, black, queer art than this moment.”


HOLDING SPACE premiered on Thursday, June 11 with an expanded program including live music by Yonci Jameson, Miles Jameson and Yasmeenah. The 10-week run will run concurrently with Joe Sinness—SCENES + Daniel Luedtke—RESULTS opening in the indoor gallery July 25, 2020.

Guest Curator/Artist bios:
Cameron Downey is a current undergraduate at Columbia University, concentrating in fields of Environmental Science and Visual Arts. Her work spans across mediums in an exploration of the ways in which blackness manufactures and occupies technologies of remembrance, recreation, altar-ship and expanse. She uses body prints, hypotheses, film and sculpture. Questions of concern surround what constitutes the archival of something designed to be impermanent, what are the implications then on the people existing in these incomplete worlds? Cameron looks to assign some semblance of immediacy to said transient questions.

Downey will exhibit new work at HAIR+NAILS in fall 2020 and was a part of HAIR+NAILS at 9 Herkimer (Brooklyn) in 2019 and FUTURE FUTURE (HAIR+NAILS MPLS) in Jan/Feb 2020.


Cameron Downey: www.instagram.com/killkamdow

Namir Fearce: www.instagram.com/blu_bone

Autticus K Bell: www.instagram.com/autticus

Java Jones: www.instagram.com/001.jav


still from Hymn of Dust (2018)
by Cameron Downey (w/ collaborators Cooper Felien, Izzy Commers, booboo)

video, audio. 11 minutes.



installation view of In this Wicked Womb (excerpt) (2020)
by Namir Fearce

video, audio. 3 minutes


installation view of HAIR+NAILS front yard:


Image by Java Jones (left) and Video by Cameron Downey (right)




–gallery capacity reduced to 10 people at a time.

–masks required in the gallery. Individually-wrapped new masks provided.

–several hand-sanitizing stations and a hand-washing sink in the gallery.

wipedowns with 91% isopropyl alcohol of doorknobs and any touch surfaces between visitors.

–air circulated by central air, open doors, and air purifiers with uvc light.

–single-direction traffic flow for opening night.

–HAIR+NAILS gallery attendants queried for symptoms before every shift.

–6-foot social distancing requested in both the gallery and the frontyard/backyard waiting areas.–Continuing consultation of CDC and Minnesota guidelines. Adjusting
plans accordingly as needed.

–Individual appointments available for visitors and their companions who live with greater concern for contracting COVID-19.

HOLDING SPACE exhibition is entirely outside (for visitors who prefer not to be inside).