“The Homo Riot opening was a great success,” says JB Jones of The Site Unseen, who threw this solo show for one of the rare gay Street Artists who are out of the closet and on the corrugated metal walls. Part social activism and eroticism, this stencil heavy work on the streets of LA can range from inflammatory to banal, depending on the perspective. For some the content is about liberation, for others it’s a depiction of adult themes. Whatever the impression, it’s mere presence is a mirror to us, a reflection about how attitudes are evolving in the culture and it’s various subcultures. Not to mention that even 20 years ago images like this on the street would have had the longevity of a stick of juicy fruit.
When Homo Riot’s work was taken into the gallery, it was anyone’s guess. “I think many of the attendees had no idea what to expect since most people are only familiar with his street work.” In the end, cocktails were served, pictures were taken, numbers were exchanged and of course it all devolved into a big homosexual orgy, as one might expect.