Edie Fake’s colorful architectural paintings and drawings depict manifestations of queer spaces and explore their meaning, blurring lines between connection and solitude, architecture and body. Architectural elements are used as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. These structures come together to map what Fake considers to be a liminal landscape of self-definition. The imagery depicted — imagined sarchitecture, stages, parade floats and art deco buildings — combines parts of Fake’s family history with aspects of queer history and a sort of psychic geography of trans people in society. Fake is dealing with the construction and corruption of queer and trans identities and states, “It’s a lot of heavy stuff, but also not without an ecstatic aspect, even to its more sinister moments.”
Edie Fake’s drawings, comics books and publications have been written about it in artforum, ArtNews, The Comics Journal, Art 21, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and The Los Angeles Review of Books. He was one of the first recipients of Printed Matter’s Awards for Artists and his collection of comics, Gaylord Phoenix, won the 2011 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including a solo shows at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, NY and Marlborough Contemporary, NYC, and in group shows at the Museum of Art and Design, NYC and the Institute of Art at VCU in Richmond, VA. Edie Fake was born in Chicagoland in 1980 and received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002. Fake is represented by Western Exhibitions in Chicago and he currently lives and works in Joshua Tree, California.