A new photographic exhibition sets out to reflect on the history of gay men.
Bryson Rand is a photographer who resides and works in Brooklyn, New York, having graduated from the Yale School of Art with an MFA. His latest exhibition, and his first to also be shown online via Artsy, is now on at Zeit Contemporary Art on Madison Avenue.
The exhibition, titled The Floating Bridge, takes it name from the book Chasing Horses by Yukio Mishima. A specific passage in the book features a man who is about to die, and recites a poem about crossing into heaven by a floating bridge.
The photographs seen in The Floating Bridge attempt to access a world that is out of reach through a visual platform, vividly exploring complex experiences of self-acceptance, repression, guilt, desire, shame, violence, love, and empowerment.
The images in the exhibition portray queer spaces, such as nightclubs and gatherings in apartments, and allow the observer to actively gaze towards the beauty of the male body.
Speaking about the exhibition and its underlying message of a world out of our reach, Rand explains:
I don’t know if I think of this other realm as ‘Heaven’ or even a place necessarily. I think of it more as energy.
it feels almost impossible to put my understanding (or lack thereof) into words. But by making photographs with other gay men, and in spaces that hold an important place in my personal history and those of the broader gay communities, I can get close to describing this other realm.
You can take a look at the exhibition (NSFW) on the Artsy website until February 23rd. If you’re in the New York area, the exhibition will be at Zeit Contemporary Art until the same time.
(Main image via Bryson Rand/Zeit Contemporary Art, New York)