Circle Jerk, 2009
63 x 46 cm / size of each poster: 48 x 33 cm
16 offset posters in cardboard portfolio with handle
all posters signed, numbered
edition 50 + ca 10 AP, here AP
published by Art Metropole, Toronto, Canada
€ 4.200,- plus € 24,- courier costs
As the name implies Circle Jerk is an ad hoc group of queer artists lending each other a hand. What began in 2007 with an original group of 13 artists has grown to 16 participants. There is no specific curatorial premise, although the posters were clandestinely distributed on the streets to coincide with Art Toronto 2009 in late October. The posters found an audience by chance, provoking questions or reactions. A signed, limited edition was a fundraiser for Art Metropole. The set is packaged in a custom-made portfolio carrying case printed with artists’ names and the title “Circle Jerk 2009” displayed in pink text. The edition has been produced in a very limited quantity of 50 sets of all 16 posters, full colour offset printed, signed and numbered.
Participating artists include Andy Fabo, Brendan Fernandes, Bruce LaBruce, John Greyson, Daryl Vocat, Glenn Ligon, Stephen Andrews, Luis Jacob, David Altmejd, Chris Curreri, John McLachlin, Micah Lexier, Peter Kingstone, Will Munro, Ed Pien and David Grenier.