Jess T. Dugan’s Series “Every Breath We Drew” Opens at Grunwald Gallery of Art

Image: Jess T. Dugan, Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013. A self-portrait of Jess Dugan. she is facing the viewer with her hands resting on the top of her head. She is wearing a muscle t-shirt.
Jess T. Dugan, Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013.

Today, Jess T. Dugan’s series “Every Breath We Drew” opens at Grunwald Gallery of Art, the contemporary art museum at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

View more work from this series here.

Dugan discusses this series:

Every breath we drew explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of myself and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and from my actively constructed sense of masculinity, my portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. […] The photographs of men and masculine individuals act as a kind of mirror; they depict the type of gentle masculinity I am attracted to, yet also the kind I want to embody. Similarly, the photographs of relationships speak to a drive to be seen, understood, desired through the eyes of a another person; a reflection of the self as the ultimate intimate connection.

“Every Breath We Drew” opens at the Grunwald Gallery of Art on Aug. 6 and will run until Oct. 4. Dugan will be present for a McKinney Visiting Artist Lecture at 5 p.m. Sept. 13, in Fine Arts Building FA015, followed by a reception from 6-8 p.m.

More information here.

Image: Jess T. Dugan, Betsy, 2013. Betsy is stand, leaning on a countertop Betsy is facing the viewer and wearing a plaid shirt.
Jess T. Dugan, Betsy, 2013