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2008
Keith Aguiar, Allan Herrera, Jody Jock, Jonathan Solo, Ernesto Sopprani, Carolina Ponce de Leon and Babalu, Leonardo Herrera, Raquel de Anda and Audra Ponce
MARIA: Politics. Sex. Death. Men.
6/6/2008 - 7/4/2008
Maria: Politics. Sex. Death. Men. curated by Leonardo Herrera, explores the defense mechanisms and survival instincts of young Latino gay men through a psychedelic showcase of Magical Realism, sex and gay iconography. Through candid photography, digital collage, costume, video installation and drawings, the artists delve into the assimilation of San Francisco's Gay community brought on by both outside forces such as politics and the media, as well as from within the gay community itself. Participating Artists include Keith Aguilar, Robert Guzman, Allan Herrera, Leonardo Herrera, Jody Jock, Jonathan Solo and Ernesto Sopprani.
  Galería Exhibitions Living Under The Trees <2008>
The Invisible Nation <2008>
Digital Mural Project: Victor Cartagena <2008>
DIGITAL MURAL PROJECT by Galeria's Youth Media Project <2008>
MARIA: Politics. Sex. Death. Men. <2008>
Narrating Identity, Dislocating Bodies <2008>
Digital Mural Project: Shizu Saldamando <2008>
FridaMania <2008>
On The Wall <2008>
Ana Teresa Fernandez: ECDISIS <2008>
Digital Mural Project: Papo Colo <2008>
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Opening Celebration
photo - Leonardo Herrera Allan Herrera (right) and friends by <i>Touch Me</i>
<i>Touch Me</i>
Non-lubricated latex condoms and fabric
2008
Sponsored by STOP AIDS Project
<b>Allan Herrera</b>
<i>Touch Me</i> (close up)
Non-lubricated latex condoms and fabric
Sponsored by STOP AIDS Project
photo - Leonardo Herrera
<i>He Wore Blue Eyeshadow</i> (close up)
(Lawrence King, 14.  Shot in the head twice, by a 15 year old.)
Graphite, Bible paper, and painted bullet
Courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery
"He Wore Blue Eyeshadow"
bullet <i>Glory Hole</i> 
Bible, door handles
2008
Courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery

Glory Holes are drilled into bathroom stall walls to facilitate oral sex between anonymous partners. <i>Glory Hole</i> (detail)
Bible, door handles
2008
Courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery

*Glory Holes are drilled into bathroom stall walls to facilitate oral sex between anonymous partners.
Vinyl Window Text <i>Magnum</i>
photograph triptych 

Installation 
Amyl Nitrate Bottles, expired HIV Medication and Leather Frame

Amyl Nitrate is an inflammatory drug originally prescribed to cure angina. When inhaled, the Nitrate family relaxes the muscles around the blood vessels, creating a rush of blood to the head, and relaxing certain areas of the body. It causes a hot, flushed feeling on the skin and also creates a feeling of euphoria. The effect lasts for about 3 minutes. 

Poppers were originally used in the 70s, saw a decline during the AIDS epidemic, but are consistently used for sex. They are technically legal, as long as they are sold as Video Head Cleaner, or Liquid Incense.                                                 

<i>Magnum</i>
Installation 
Amyl Nitrate Bottles, expired HIV Medication and Leather Frame

Amyl Nitrate is an inflammatory drug originally prescribed to cure angina. When inhaled, the Nitrate family relaxes the muscles around the blood vessels, creating a rush of blood to the head, and relaxing certain areas of the body. It causes a hot, flushed feeling on the skin and also creates a feeling of euphoria. The effect lasts for about 3 minutes. 

Poppers were originally used in the 70s, saw a decline during the AIDS epidemic, but are consistently used for sex. They are technically legal, as long as they are sold as Video Head Cleaner, or Liquid Incense.                                                 

<i>My Name Is Harvey Milk (And Im Here to Recruit You)</i>
Video

Images of the suit Harvey Milk wore the night of his assassination. Soundtrack is a spliced version of the political will he recorded shortly before his death. Harvey Milks suit appears courtesy of the International GLBT Historical Society.  Special Thanks to Dan Nicoletta.
<b>Robert Guzman</b>
<i>David</i> Installation View
Photographs by
Robert Guzman, Keith Aguiar and Leonardo Herrera
Handkerchif works by Allan Herrera Artist Talk
Left to Right - 
Keith Aguiar, Jonathan Solo, Jody Jock, Ernesto Sopprani, Leonardo Herrera and Allan Herrera Keith Aguiar, Allan Herrera, Jody Jock, Jonathan Solo, Ernesto Sopprani, Carolina Ponce de Leon and Babalu, Leonardo Herrera, Raquel de Anda and Audra Ponce <i><b>CBT</i></b>
Vinyl text, metal and found objects
        
<i><b>Prayers for Children  Sometimes It Snows in April</b></i> (Detail)
C-Print <i><b>He Wore Blue Eyeshadow<i/>
(Lawrence King, 14. Shot in the head twice, by a 15 year old.)</b>

Graphite, Bible paper, and painted bullet
Courtesy of the Catharine Clark Gallery
<i>Prayers For Children</>
<i>Rhinestone Cowboy</i> and
<i>Dancing With Myself</i>
Photographs