This is the Winter 2017 course discussion blog for and by UCLA students enrolled in LGBTQ Studies 183: Queer Arts in LA.
This course includes a creative component. When this course was first offered during the Fall 2012 quarter, the students researched queer artists who have a significant connection to Los Angeles. Then created a collaborative website.
The artist I am interested in researching is A.L. Steiner. A.L. Steiner
is an LA based multi-media artist mainly working in photography,
installation, video, and performance. I've been interested in her work
for a while now due to many aspects of her practice. A.L. Steiner's
visual practice, which is mainly interested in queer and eco-feminist
ideas, intersects with her activism in the art world. A.L. Steiner is a
professor, a member of Chicks on Speed (a multidisciplinary art
collective), and a co-founder of W.A.G.E (Working Artists and the
Greater Economy). I am interested in learning more about how art and
activism can intersect, and also how activist ideas can be held within a
single artwork. A.L. Steiner is known for creating large-scale image
installations of overlapping images, the content often being intimate
portraits of friends and her community. A.L. was in the news recently
because she directed Peaches' video for her new song "Rub". I found this
video quite important due to its openness at representing trans bodies
both in the nude, as well as sexually empowered. I found out about A.L.
Steiner through a professor/artist called MPA who made a huge impact on
me and the way I think about everything now. MPA and A.L. Steiner were
the first women I've known personally to choose alternative names for
themselves, ones that defy gender roles and cultural expectations. A.L. Steiner's work feels very empowering and helpful, and I want to keep on learning how that is being achieved in the work.