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WATCHING YOUR GAY PAST IN PUBLIC VIEW. THE MUSEUM OF LIVERPOOL’S “TALES FROM THE CITY” EXHIBITION.MY PERSONAL TAKE.BY STEVEN BENSON

What mixed feelings I have about this exhibition! Positive, first: To have this, at all, even is 2017, is still pretty ground-breaking (sadly and disgustingly), so credit to National Museums Liverpool (and for their-more artistically based-_”Coming Out” exhibition at the … Continue reading

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GAY/LGBT/QUEER ARCHIVE. PART 2. “MAY 1988”. “OUT IN ART”(GMP, 1986).BY STEVEN BENSON.

Some(gay male)homo-erotic art here! I shall just curate it and (mainly!)let it speak for itself ChristopherBrown Chris Corr; gay man reading “A Single Man”(Isherwood), to re-affirm his identity/sense of self; me in 1985? ChrisCorr again;steamy:P Chris Corrs still: that’s me … Continue reading

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“SPEAK MY LANGUAGE”(ED.HOJER,2015):A COMPILATION OF GAY MENS’ SHORT STORIES.REVIEW.PART 1.BY STEVEN BENSON.

Stephen Fry, in his introduction to this large volume, writes:”…gay stories offer us vindication, fellowship, validation and a sense of shared identity that we need now as much as ever” { see also my previous piece for the Blackwells Book … Continue reading

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FABULOUS, EXHIBITIONISTIC, CAMP, BEAUTIFUL PIANO WRITING.TRANSCENDENTAL VIRTUOSITY.CARL CZERNY AND THE SPECTRE OF FELICJA BLUMENT(H)AL. BY STEVEN BENSON.

I have a big collection of Vox Turnabout 70s LPs, with their flamboyant, camp covers, the beautiful detritus of teenage record collecting, especially of late Classical/Romantic era Piano Concerti. But it was not just the indefatigable yet genuinely great warhorse … Continue reading

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A GAY MAN IN WALES.INTEGRATING.BY STEVEN BENSON.

An English-born gay man in Wales; who wanted/wants to identify as Welsh, with no Welsh blood but a gay Welsh heart. I never managed this integration when I lived in “Aber”(Aberystwyth) in 1978-83; but I attempt it, in retrospect, via … Continue reading

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MY GAY/QUEER AESTHETIC: A PHOTO/TEXT CONSTELLATION:PSYCHOGEOGRAPHY.PART 1: THE LIVING ROOM LIVES.BY STEVEN BENSON

Queer(reclaimed) = Camp Kitsch (merely) NAFF(“Normal as fuck”) Quirky/idiosyncratic Silly but nice Bright colours Re-appropriating stereotypes/”stereotypes” pomo self referential objets d’art:eg Vox Turnabout 70s LP cover art historical/antique (camp) homage to Susan Sontag, author of the “Notes on Camp” essay,before … Continue reading

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AND YET WE FALL THROUGH A LAKE AND COME OUT THE OTHER SIDE….BIENNIAL: THE TWO-SIDED LAKE, HONDO SUPERMARKET.BY STEVEN BENSON.

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PORTALS(CONTINUED):INTO THE PAST AND INTO NOWHERE.URBAN DECAY. BY STEVEN BENSON

backwards portal: ancient to modern Oratory, Liverpool. Note the bird; flying THROUGH the portal? to freedom? (Yet fixed in stone; a mere sculpture, frozen music) entrance? to where? Old signage, proclaiming the dead portal of what was Lewis’s warehouse; a … Continue reading

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BENNIAL 2016 ET AL(CONTINUED).PHOTO AND CAPTION POST:CAIRNS STREET AND GRANBY ST: ASSEMBLAGE AND CONSTELLATION AND FOUND OBJECTS .BY STEVEN BENSON

Constellations of stars or miniature found objects; an assemblage{homage to Benjamin};a representation and presagement of the reality and representation all around this artwork This work covers a former window, another portal; Liverpool Biennials often re-discover/uncover the remnants of former manifestations … Continue reading

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“GREY”,WORDCOUNT EXERCISE FOR LGBT CREATIVE WRITING GROUP, MERSEYSIDE,BY STEVEN BENSON.11.7.16

GREY…….on Liverpool Pride weekend?????!!!! Let us counterpoint itĀ against RAINBOW colours: GREY is not gay; its HETERONORMATIVE Fear of difference Joylessness ABSENCE; nondescript. GREY= INTERNALIZED HOMOPHOBIA(we all have it, but to varying degrees); it can make a blank, GREY slate of … Continue reading

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