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January 27, 2011 at 4:03 am

Quick notes about upcoming events; fractional treatment of complicated subjects.


I am going to be speaking on a panel this weekend, as part of an event that the RISD Office of Public Engagement is putting on, titled “Queer Representation & Resistance as Acts of Justice“.*

The panel I am on is called “Identity, Place, & Practice” and (quoting from the official description), “will explore the ways that queer identity intersects with creative practice.” Since being asked to be part of the panel, I’ve been thinking about this stuff a lot. …. I mean, I think about it a lot in general, but recently I’ve been trying to think about it constructively instead of just worrying a bunch of things around in my head.

I’ve been intending to do some writing about it, but I have had three other serious deadlines which have also been occupying my mind & time… plus a certain amount of procrastinating, finishing the first five pages of the Scar comic, enjoying being snow-bound with my awesome housemates, and cleaning up half of my print studio and my main working space, which, though it was really important and necessary, just got me back to clear-desk-land, didn’t get anything truly accomplished.

So yeah, I have a bunch of thoughts on these topics — queer identity, art, purpose, social identity, community, context, audience, story-telling, meaning — but nothing is concrete enough to put up in writing here yet. So, come to the panel to hear me attempt to sort it all out!

Sunday, January 30th, 12:30pm
AS220, 115 Empire St, Providence

My awesome and accomplished fellow panelists are Matthew Lawrence, Mickey Zacchilli, and Laurencia Strauss. There is another panel discussion afterwards about “Institutional Silences”; there is a related talk on Saturday afternoon… I am excited for it all, and very proud to be part of it.

I am also going to be in an art show at Cade Tompkins Projects, called “Printed in Providence”,* from February 4th to March 19th. You can and should come to this party too, especially if you need to ask me more questions to clarify what the crumb I was talking about in that panel!

opening reception Friday, February 4th, 6-8pm
198 Hope Street, Providence
(Entrance on Fones Alley between Waterman and Angell)


If you clicked on either of these links, you may have noticed that the press releases used the name Gil (my middle name is Gilpin) for me… But if you see me around town, you should call me Ian. More on this later… but don’t be too confused, it seems like most people aren’t! Those names, as well as Jean, all refer back to the same lopsided smile pictured above…


  1. I’m excited for “more later”! Also excited for people being who they are and for people being happy! Cheers to you Ian and your upcoming events!

    Comment by Freya — January 27, 2011 @ 6:48 pm
  2. jean – ian – gil!

    i would say “good luck” but it appears i’m a little late for that. i hope the panel went well.

    Comment by eric — February 1, 2011 @ 1:51 am
  3. Thanks dudes! The panel & weekend was awesome. The main speaker guy, Nayland Blake, spoke very eloquently and inspiring-ly of the power of ambiguity & of being open to weirdness & of not seeking after acceptance from the mainstream… and a lot more too big to write in this comment box. But thanks, eric & freya, for your thoughts & good wishes… and I promise there will be “more later”. love & love! – ian

    Comment by jean — February 4, 2011 @ 3:55 am
  4. well i will wait patiently for more then…

    Comment by deb — February 16, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

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