Brandon Norris Shows at Electric Works Gallery

image003Electric Works Gallery presents
A Sobering Affect: Queer Portraiture
August 27 – September 5, 2009
Reception: Thursday, August 27, 2009 6-8 PM

Gallery Hours
130 8th Street
San Francisco, CA
Wednesday – Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

I’m proud to announce that former CCSF PHOT60B student Brandon Norris will have his first solo show employing skills learned from class! Brandon’s work was featured in the Student Spotlight – all are invited to the artist reception – hope to see you there!

PRESS RELEASE: Guest curator Natalie Pavlovsky is pleased to present “A Sobering Affect,” an exhibition featuring the work of San Francisco photographer Brandon Norris. Known for his outlandish and often debaucherous club photography, Norris has created a new body of work whose cast of characters is all too familiar. They are the “Bootycall” crew; the motley group of costume clad queer men who pass before his lens at the weekly Castro party. Yet here, Norris ditches the constructed sets, the props, and the costumes in an attempt to expand on the deeper soul of his subjects. By slowing down the image making, his subjects relax into a version of themselves barely present in the back room of the nightclub. Where once narratives were formed in the hazy eyes of party-goers, in the new work it is in the scarred skin and transparent eyes where the stories unfold. Post-production work yields a lovingly glazed Renaissance-like sfmato, resulting in a sultry allure that initiates a sobering subject-viewer dialogue.

The opening reception will also feature a site-specific performance by FACT/SF, a San Francisco-based contemporary dance-theatre company founded by Charles Slender in 2008. For more info please visit

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