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Sexuality Over 50 Art Reception
March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Local Lounge is a community bar located in the heart of NE Portland. This area is thriving, vibrant, and full of a diverse community of individuals that we celebrate every day. We are dedicated to serving all of our neighbors no matter their race, sexual orientation, or gender. We pride ourselves on being a comfortable space for all people, so whether your collar is blue, white, or nonexistent, we want to meet you! Come for the great food and stiff drinks but stay for the excellent company you’ll meet here at the Local Lounge.
Because we foster an all-inclusive atmosphere we also host monthly public events, feature local live music and have a plethora of queer-friendly viewing parties throughout the year. Come see what we’re all about! We’re open seven days a week!
M. Martinez Photo
M.Martinez is a conceptual artist and portrait photographer based in Portland, Oregon. Born in California, M traveled the world with their family before making the Pacific Northwest their home. They learned the craft of photography through on the job training and evolved into an artist by combining their passion for messaging and change with intentional imagery. M’s photo essays are driven by a desire to diversify what people are presented within everyday media. By providing broader visibility of people and concepts, M centers their work around topics of equality and visibility. Interested in the power that imagery holds, the essays created are often heavily rooted in subtlety. Each image is born out of a collaboration with those being photographed. This approach provides the subject and the viewer with an opportunity to be seen and reflected in art, while simultaneously being able to showcase that individual’s unique perspective on the topic. The people M works with live all over the country and bring their own connection to the subject displayed. In 2019 M’s series Immersed in a Blanched Society, was accepted in the 14th Annual National Juried Photo Showcase in Chicago Illinois. That same year M was nominated for Pop Awards best photojournalist and was recognized as Pop Awards 2019 best street photographer. When M’s not creating art or capturing memories, they can be found sharing their knowledge and experience with the next generation of creators or preparing for their next adventure. An avid traveler, M is always on the go. Whether it be via plane, train, or automobile M views the world as an opportunity to learn and is a forever student.
Sexuality Over 50
A photo can say so much. When I realized this concept, it changed the way I approached photography forevermore. I’ve always had a fascination with age. How and why people attach certain concepts to particular numbers is fascinating to me. The essay Sexuality Over 50, is an exploration of identity around those who could be regarded as elders because of their age. I watched my mother reach her fifties and saw how a number changed how she saw herself. The ideas around what was acceptable for a ‘ woman her age,’ and the kinds of possibilities that still existed for her as she reached this milestone didn’t match what I saw around me. I was fortunate enough to be part of several communities in Portland where I was presented with people who challenged classic ideas of what it meant to have reached a particular age. I wanted to be able to share the various perspectives I witnessed because I knew that my mother was not the only person to ever feel this way. I thought by presenting images of people fifty and older in a way that encompassed how they envisioned themselves, we could change some of the concepts around sexuality and aging. I started by approaching my friends and those I respected in the various Portland communities. Soon, I was fortunate enough to photograph others who were interested in sharing their perspective on the subject here and across the country. Each participant expressed an idea of how they saw themselves in regard to their sexuality and how they wanted others to perceive it.
The opening reception takes place from 6-9pm at the Local Lounge on March 6th. The reception includes the release of the completed essay in book form, a Q&A with some of the participants, along with music from local artist Barney Stein.
3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
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