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Newcastle-based artist Oliver Doe’s new exhibition, Somewhere In Between, opens at Vane Gallery in Newcastle from Thursday 18th July- Saturday 24th August, and seeks to question the way that we see queer people, turning this abstraction on its head in order to proudly demonstrate LGBTQ bodies as a defiant site of political and cultural difference.

Doe’s work blurs the limits of queer bodies by choosing bold and colourful minimalist paintings; with shapes taking their cues from the contours of the human form, gender and identity becomes distorted and unrecognisable. The colours Doe has chosen to use may be reminiscent of the varying pride flags or the so-called ‘hanky code’, but he also leaves the interpretation open to the viewer, with abstraction an intentional device aimed at drawing the viewer deeper into his work.

A week-long public workshop will also take place, run by nomadic organisation Queer Day School. Short talks and creative activities will engage and give voice to LGBTQ people outside of mainstream education and helping to develop a better understanding of queer culture. 10% of proceeds from sales of Oliver’s work will also be donated to akt, a charity which provides safe homes and better futures for LGBTQ+ young people.

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