The Little Tokyo Arts Complex AMEX gallery presents “Many Many Many Men,” a two-person “surprise” exhibition fea-turing works from artists Rakeem Cunningham and Surge Witrön. Many Many Many Men examines the after effects of the relationships of queer artists of color and how those feelings linger with us over time.
“We felt with queer artists of color, we unfairly inhabit this invisible political box that is placed around our work. Because our identities are politicized and policed in our everyday lives, it’s almost as if the world expects us only to create artwork about our oppression and representation. And while we do experience oppression, that is not all our lives are comprised of. We get heartbroken, rejected, fall in love, build friendships, and enjoy art objects as art objects. We are people and invite you to experience the, thoughts, emotions, scars, healing, and growth caused by the many many many men in our lives.” - Rakeem Cunningham & Surge Witrön
Rakeem Cunningham is an emerging visual artist and photographer based out of Los Angeles, California. Born in 1992, his work explores themes of self-identity, queer politics, identity politics, self-acceptance, and the navigation of body politics under the queer landscape. Cunningham studied Design and Media Arts at UCLA and is a current member of Monte Vista Projects in Los Angeles. Cunningham has shown in the Castelli Art Space, Southbay LGBT Center, Los Angeles LGBT Center, the TAG Gallery Loft, and the Littman and White galleries in Portland, Oregon.
Sergio Witrön is an emerging San Francisco artist currently residing in the LA/Orange County area. Working out of his art studio in the Art District of downtown Los Angeles, his explorative process produces works that combine coexistent traditions in abstract painting and reveal tensions between genres. Witrön has exhibited his work in numerous exhibi-tions in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami. Some selected exhibition include “The Things That Matter” at Active Gal-lery, “Office Hours” at Main Museum and “Play” at the Los Angels Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG).-