Boston-based artist Christopher Lineberry's work embodies the intersection of research, experience, ethics, and desire. Through April 2, Hartnett Gallery (Second floor, Wilson Commons, University of Rochester) will present "Rapture," Lineberry's latest body of digital collage, rooted in his negotiation of queer sexuality and an evangelical upbringing in North Carolina.
The work references both the concept of the biblical Rapture and the state of extreme ecstasy, in an interrogation of the US Empire and the historic social relegation of queer identities. Provided information states that Lineberry's work is critical of US military occupations, particularly in the Middle East, as "engineered conflicts made to appear as divine harbingers of the end, pointing to the imperial psyche of American Southern evangelism." In his images, Lineberry "has raptured" male bodies from gay porn video stills, their forms "emptied by the prospect of sudden disappearance, whether by divine will or pawns of state erasure," and replaced with images of consumerism.
The gallery's hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 275-4188 or visit blogs.rochester.edu/hartnett/.