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Edie Fake The T Room Trivet - Detail 2



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PRODUCT: Edie Fake The T Room Trivet - Detail 2
MADE: Sweden
SIZE: 8.25" x 8.25"
MATERIALS: Scandinavian FSC certified birch wood
DESIGNER: Edie Fake × MCA Chicago
An MCA exclusive! Designed with artist, Edie Fake, for the Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now exhibition. Edie Fake makes work about the spaces and bodies we inhabit. His mural in the lobby outside this exhibition combines the architecture of Chicago with the structure of a comic book page. The drawing series Memory Palaces memorializes parts of Chicago that once were — or could have been — queer spaces.

Edie Fake, The T Room (detail), 2018. Gouache and ink on panel; 24 x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions.

Handmade in Sweden from Scandinavian FSC certified birch wood. Exclusively produced by Avenida Home for MCA Chicago.

Edie Fake’s paintings start as self-portraits, and from there, they make a break for it, referencing elements of the trans and non-binary body through pattern, color and architectural metaphor. His precise, intimately scaled, gouache-and-ink paintings on panel are structured around the physical aspects of transition and adaptation as well as mental and sexual health.

Since moving from first Chicago, then to Los Angeles while briefly attending grad school at USC, to now the high desert of Joshua Tree in California, Fake’s work has evolved from his acclaimed Memory Palaces series — reimagined facades of urban lesbian bars and gay nightclubs — to a new feeling of vulnerability due to shifts in the U.S. social and political climate. The work blurs lines between architecture and body with structures adorned by elements that seem to be both decorative and protective. Architectural components are used as visual metaphors for the ways in which definition and validation elude trans identities. Says Fake, “More and more I’m trying to bring an anarchy into that architecture, or a fantasy and ecstasy of what queer space is and can be.”
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