“I bring up Hercules and He-Man because the makers of those shows didn’t think, ‘Oh, little boys will think these guys are really cute.’ But little boys thought they were cute!” says artist Peter Kingstone, one of the masterful minds behind Sissies and Psychopaths.
An artistic collaboration between Kingstone and fellow visual artist Daryl Vocat, the show consists of images from The Mighty Hercules, Silence of the Lambs (specifically, Buffalo Bill) and gay porn crashing together in a series of collages. Created for the Print Studio in Hamilton, Sissies and Psychopaths originated as an exploration of gay identity, though Vocat says, “We were also thinking about other possible commonalities. One idea we came up with was youth and media — how queer people are portrayed in the media and how it informs who we are and who we think we are.”
This idea evolved into an examination of gay sexuality and archetypes through the eyes of Kingstone and Vocat’s five-year-old selves. “The conversation breaks down how we were being portrayed, how the world was portraying being queer,” Kingstone says.
Sissies and Psychopaths runs till Sat, June 23 at the George Gilmour Members’ Gallery, 104 Richmond St W.