Bruce Eves
"Ipsquij" by Bob Gluck


Navigating the grey area between desire and despair, my work operates against the principle that people's delicate constitutions will tolerate nothing less than civility and happy-talk. This work often employing disruptive juxtapositions and various framing strategies to explore the spaces between charged relationships ­ between voyeurism and public display, between male vanity and aggression, between sexuality and doctrinaire political extremism ­ these manipulations mimic the psychological state of doubling. As a form of managed schizophrenia, it is the technique of psychic self-preservation in which the task at hand is viewed as distant and abstract, a common phenomenon among slaughterhouse workers and concentration camp guards. An inversion takes place in which individuals literally become simulacra of themselves. All of this is cast as an investigation and critique of a zeitgeist obsessed with superficial civility, mindless consumption, and an unquestioning obedience to a heavily mediated collective wisdom. A new ­ and decidedly more corrosive ­ form of self-loathing has arisen in a culture that demands perpetual states of happiness (it is ironic to find its most successful forms of mass entertainment in gothic horror and blood-splattered mayhem). It seems clear that there is widespread disaffection with the American culture of sweetness and light, regardless of how deeply it may be suppressed in the collective subconscious. Brutality masquerading as sentimentality is being challenged and critiqued by an art that holds a mirror up to the society in which it was created. Yet if art is expected to be a reflection of the times, one wonders why some are so surprised that the most relevant work being produced is so antagonistic and butch. While it is virtually indefinable, this much I know for certain: Art is not "suitable for family viewing", nor should it be psychiatrically uplifting. Nothing should be considered untouchable. Art must refuse to kowtow to the limitless demands for the familiar and the safe and the conventional. If offense is taken with the viewpoints expressed, it is a problem for the literal-minded viewer. Art has nothing to do with social work or political stability or with ending negative stereotypes: these are the jobs for propagandists. ¶ Much of my production has been directly influenced by my work with the International Gay History Archive, and it has been my goal to reconcile the notion of a gay sensibility within the broader construct of masculinity, which has, paradoxically, been deemed far "too queer" for the mainstream art world and far too dark and critical of our pre-packaged ghetto aesthetic. But this is not a problem, it's just my idea of fun.



Domino Theory

GI_3 & GI_5




Day 763

Landscape with fags

Landscape without fags

Luscious Whisper

Seven Days

One Foot

Red, Blue, Green

Thirteen Hot Spots

Three Aliens



Fullsize Reproduction

Attack of the...

At the Zoo


Double Doppleganger #628

Pop Quiz (part 1)

Pop Quiz (part 2)

Signifier #03

Signifier #16

Signifier #06

Signifier #8

Signifier #2

Signifier #21

Slow (arc) down w...

Storyboard #5


In Advance of a...


Untitled Self-Portrait

Stuttering Zero


One Thousand and...

All Male Orgy

Self-Portrait #4


Untitled Body Fr...

Olympia (updated)

Sight Gag

Spy Plane

Untitled Body Fr...


Double Doppelganger



1969 updated


Four Queens

Four Triangles


Group of Seven

Untitled (bosie)

Untitled (skull)



Lab Rats

Red, Green, Stop, Go



Back Stabbed M....





County Jail

One Dollar Bill

GALLERY REPRESENTATION:~ ArtLexis (New York). Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York). SoundVision (Portland).

ON-LINE REPRESENTATION:~ (London, UK). Digital Mutations (Berlin). Raven Gallery (Fort Lauderdale). Gay Art Gallery (Fort Lauderdale). (Madison). James Baird Gallery (St. John's). Burdett-Coutts International Online (Toronto).


  • 2003 BRUCE EVES: MULTIPLES, (Fort Lauderdale) 12/1-ongoing. MY IDEA OF FUN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF SELECTED MULTIPLES (1996-2003),Gallery X (Toronto) 7/14-8/8.
  • 2002 MEINE IDEE DES SPASSES, Digital Mutations (Berlin) 1/1-2/24.
  • 2001 (Fort Lauderdale); ongoing.
  • 2000 Lenin Tireworks Media Salon (New York). 10/5-21.
  • 1994 THEORETICAL PEOPLE, A Space Members Wall (Toronto) 7/15-31.
  • 1993 INTERROGATION: AIDS FORUM (a site-specific installation), Artist's Space (New York); 4/13-5/30. MY LIFE AS A NERD, The Bar (New York, NY); 3/5-29.
  • 1992 THE SEX PICTURES, Dick's Bar (New York, NY); 7/17-8/27. ANTI-CENSORSHIP WINDOW (with Ron Giii) Pages Bookstore (Toronto); 7/14-8/8. THE BLACK PHOTOS OF SNOW WHITE (Two-person show with Ron Giii) La Hacienda (Toronto); 2/22-3/31.


  • 2004 SKIN DEEP: THE ART AND IMAGE OF THE GAY MALE BODY. I-Space Gallery, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Chicago) June. ARTCONCEPT. Halls of Union of Artists, Saint Petersburg (Russia); April. THAILAND NEW MEDIA ART FESTIVAL. Srinakarinwirot University (Bangkok); 3/20-28.
  • 2003 NIGHT OF 1000 DRAWINGS. Artists Space (New York); 11/8. MAD'03. 2ND ENCUENTRO INTERNACIONAL DE ARTE EXPERIMENTAL DE MADRID, (various locations); 10/30-11/20. ANIGMA: 1ST INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DIGITAL IMAGING AND ANIMATION. Club Rock City (Novosibirsk); 10/18-19. MEDIA ART FESTIVAL FRIESLAND. Fries Museum (Leeuwarden); 9/28-10/15. WIE GESTALTEN SIE IHRE GESELLSCHAFT? Historisches Museum Frankfurt; 9/10-11/16. CAMBRIDGE ART GALLERIES OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION. Cam-bridge Art Gallery; 9/5-10/12. VIOLENCE ON-LINE FESTIVAL: VERSION 0.8. Electronic Language Festival Sao Paolo, 8/14-27; Nonetart Festival ­ Arte Digital Rosario 2003, 8/15-27; Open Air at Royal Gardens Copenhagen, 8/10-31. DIGITAL VISIONS. University of British Columbia (Vancouver); 5/9-ongoing. 2003 LESBIAN AND GAY PHOTO BIENNIAL: THE KISS. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York); 5/20-6/28. MULTI@RTS DIGITAL PARTY. Haverhill Arts Centre (Haverhill UK) 4/28. SKIN/STRIP ON-LINE plus live feeds: Site Gallery (Sheffield UK) 3/28-5/10 and Deluxe Gallery (London UK) 3/28-30. BOUNCE. Gala Gallery (Brighton UK) 3/28-4/13. VIDEOFORMES - 18th INTERNATIONAL VIDEO AND MULTI-MEDIA FESTIVAL (VIOLENCE ON-LINE FESTIVAL ­ VERSION 5.0) (Clermont-Ferrand France); 3/19-23. 100 x 100. SoundVision (Portland); 1/24-2/6.
  • 2002 NIGHT OF 1000 DRAWINGS. Artists Space (New York), 12/11. BEAR ICONS AND BEYOND IV. National Hall, Washington Plaza Hotel (Washington D.C.) 11/8-10. EVOLUTIONÄRE ZELLEN. Neue Gesselschaft für Bildende Kunst (Ber-lin) 11/2-12/1. (curated by Arbeitsgruppe finger). DISEMBODIED.RECON-FIGURED. SoundVision (Portland); 11/1-23. SOLIDARITY ORIGINALS. Casa Amatller (Barcelona); 9/19-10/10. MEDIA ART FESTIVAL FRIESLAND. Museum Smallingerland (Drachten); 8/29-9/14. SELF-PORTRAITS. Gay Art Gallery (Fort Lauderdale) (ongoing.) WHAT'S THE PLAN THAT LOUISE BOURGEOIS HAS IN MIND? An ongoing e-mail project, Vortice Argen-tina (Buenos Aires). SELECTED PHOTOGRAPHS. Erotic Male Art Gallery (Ver-mont) (ongoing.) SELL OR DIE. Art Systems (To-ronto); 4/11-13.
  • 2001 BODY LANGUAGE: EXPLICIT/IMPLICIT. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York); 11/7-12/21. 4TH INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF SOUND AND VISUAL POETRY. Espacio Giesso (Buenos Aires); 10/26. EURO-ART 2001. Sala Marqués de Comillas (Barcelona); 10/5-8. OPEN JURIED EXHIBITION. Cambridge Art Galleries (Cambridge); 9/8-10/7. MEDIA ART FESTIVAL FRIES-LAND. Fries Museum (Leeuwarden); 9/6-22. FAMILY: IT'S PERSONAL. I Gallery (New York); 6/15-3/31. A LOVE STORY. Mercer Union (Toronto); 2/8-10.
  • 2000 ALTARS AND OTHER SACRED SITES. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 11/1-12/9. UNIVERSAL DIVERSITY 8. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 9/13-31. ARTEXPO 2000. (Hanover); ongoing. WORLD ART ON COLLECTION. Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (The Hague); 11/13-24. EROTIC ART SHOW. Pegasus (New York); 9/9-10/10. WORLD FESTIVAL OF ART ON PAPER. Kranj Commune (Kranj, Slovenia); 9/1-15. 9th GAY & LESBIAN PHOTO ANNUAL. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York); 5/16-6/25. REFLECTIONS OF MYSELF. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 5/3-20.
  • 1999 STUDIO 211 WEBSITE. (ongoing). THE ARTGROUP FOR LESBIAN AND GAY ARTISTS WEBSITE. (ongoing). EROTIC SHOW. Sacred Body Art (New York); 11/4-28. UNIVERSAL DIVERSITY 7. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 10/6-31. THE MILLENNIUM ART COLLECTION: 2000 REASONS TO LOVE THE EARTH. The Art Open, Essen; 7/10-8/8. HONING THE EDGE. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 5/6-30.
  • 1998 Click on International Association of Lesbian and Gay Children of Holocaust Survivors; click on Memorials (ongoing). UNIVERSAL DIV-ERSITY 6. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York); 7/14-8/15. PRIDE '98. Vincent Louis Gallery (New York); June16-7/4. BODY PRIMITIVE. O'Connor Gallery (Toronto); 6/18-7/18. SEXUALITY/OBJECT: THE BACKROOM. New Century Artists Gallery (New York); 6/3-28. 7th GAY & LESBIAN PHOTO ANNUAL. Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York); 5/12-6/27. OUT ON THE EDGE. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York); 5/6-17.
  • 1997 THE LIGHTBOX. Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (New York); 10/18-11/24. UNIVERSAL DIVERSITY 5. LaMama LaGalleria (New York); 7/24-8/16. GALLERY ARTISTS. O'Connor Gallery (Toronto); 7/3-9/2. STRENGTH IN UNITY. 24 Hours For Life (New York); 6/11-8/2. HARTFORD PRIDE. Pumphouse Gal-lery (Hartford, CN); 6/4-29.
  • 1996 SEXUAL PRIMER. O'Connor Gallery (Toronto); 6/6-7/14.
  • 1995 GALLERY ARTISTS. O'Connor Gallery (Toronto); 12/12-1/9. REVIEWS (EXPERIMENTAL: ART AND IDEAS) Mercer Union (Toronto); 11/9-12/23. PRIDE '95. O'Connor Gallery (Toronto); 6/15-7/7.
  • 1993 SOUVENIRS OF THE REAGAN/BUSH YEARS. Puchong Gallery (New York, NY); 1/20-2/17.
  • 1992 MIRROR, MIRROR, ON THE WALL ­ CONTEMPORARY SELF-PORTRAITS. Richmond International Airport (Richmond VA) organized by the Richmond Council on the Arts; 10/15-12/18. QUEER BODIES. Evergreen Galleries, Ever-green State College (Olympia WA); 4/3-30.
  • 1991 ALL GROWN UP. CUNY Graduate Center Library (New York); 10/4-11/1. AIDS: FEAR, RAGE, HOPE. Traveling exhibition, various locations in San Diego; 9/27-10/20.
  • 1990 POSITIVE ACTIONS. The Clocktower (New York); 11/29-1/20. STYLES AND AESTHETICS. La Mama LaGalleria (New York); 11/15-12/2. QUEER: OUT IN ART. Wessel/O'Connor Ltd. (New York); 9/5-29. GAY ALL THE WAY 2. The Tunnel (New York); 3/18.
  • 1989 GAY ALL THE WAY. The Tunnel (New York); 11/19.
  • 1978 NEW WAVE ON FILM/TAPE. The Funnel (Toronto) 12/6.
  • 1977 De Appel (Amsterdam)
  • 1976 Center for Experimental Art and Communication (CEAC, Toronto).
  • 1975 CEAC (Toronto)
  • 1973 Gallery Z (Toronto). University of Alberta Law Centre, curated by the Edmonton Art Gallery.
  • 1972 GREAT CANADIAN ART SHOW. Edmonton Art Gallery; CHRISTMAS SHOW. Isaacs Gallery (Toronto); Gallery 76 (Toronto); Gallery 76 (Toronto).

PERFORMANCE WORKS (site-specific)

  • 1997 Out on the Edge Festival. Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (New York).
  • 1977 Studio 16/e (Turin); Museo di Arte Moderna, Bologna (with Arturo Schwartz); Students' Cultural Centre (Zagreb); Podroom (Zagreb); Ghen (Lecce); Alternative Space (Detroit).
  • 1978 London Art Gallery (Ontario); Franklin Furnace (New York); Pier 52 (New York); Joseph Beuys' Free International University at Documenta VI (Kassel); Palazzo Diamante (Ferrara); Arte Fiera (Bologna); Remont Gallery (Warsaw); Karoly Gallery (Lublin); DeAppel (Amsterdam); Gallerie Monnae (Brussels).
  • 1974 CEAC (Toronto).
  • 1972 Gallery 76 (Toronto).


  • 1985 CRUISING THE MOVIES by Boyd McDonald, Gay Presses of New York.
  • 1977 RAW/WAR, 45 rpm, Crash & Burn Records (Toronto).


  • 1999 Photography Roundtable, Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (New York), 6/2. Studio 211 Artist in Residency Program (Denver), 3/15-6/15.
  • 1985 Over All Design Award for Christopher Street magazine (Gay and Lesbian Press Association).
  • 1976 Travel grant for European tour (Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa).
  • 1977 Project grant (Ontario Arts Council, Toronto).
  • 1973 Project grant (Canada Council for the Arts, Ottawa).


  • 2003 BRUCE EVES: MULTIPLES, An Essay by Jonathan Heller. (Fort Lauderdale) 12/1-ongoing. SEX CITY: A Live In-terview hosted by Louise Bak and Coman Poon concerning gay immigration and same-sex marriage. The University of Toronto Radio station (CIUT, 86.5 FM); 9/13. Q NORTHEAST MAGAZINE (Utica) cover story, interview and portfolio; September issue. DIGITAL VISIONS: AN INTERVIEW WITH AND ESSAY ABOUT BRUCE EVES by Tony Hu, University of British Columbia, Department of Art History and Theory. http://www.on 5/9-ongoing
  • 2001 UNDER CONSTRUCTION: BEAR ICONS AND BEYOND IV. A report by curator Les Wright. Verisimilitude [Cultural Quarterly for] Engaging Masculinities. Winter Issue. BODIES IN WORK: Another First Thursday, Another Gallery Hop by Rich-ard Speer, Willamette Week On-line (Portland) 11/13. REVIEW: DISEMBODIED - RECONFIGURED by Chas Bowie, Portland Mercury (Portland) 11/7-13 is-sue. "THE STUDIO", an Interview by the Editors, StylusArt (Barcelona) August issue. FREE SPEAK by Mark Brodsky: "Voice Strangled", Xtra (Toronto) 6/27-7/10 issue. "The Controversy That Remains: Gay Art", an interview by Geoffrey Young, The Voice (Kitchener) May/June issue. SEX CITY: A Live Interview hosted by Louise Bak and Coman Poon for the University of Toronto Radio sta-tion (CIUT, 86.5 FM); 2/27.
  • 2001 AIDS Council of South Australia (work used for brochures and advertisements) 2000 WORLD ART ONE COLLECTION; 2000 Foundation, Netherlands.
  • 2000 5000 ARTISTS RETURN TO ARTISTS SPACE: 25 YEARS edited by Claudia Gould and Valerie Smith.
  • 1994 REVIEWS (EXPERIMENTAL: ART AND IDEAS) catalogue with an essay by cu-rator Tom Follard. MEN'S STYLE (commissioned photograph and works on pa-per to illustrate "Risky Business" by David Thomas) 5/6/issue.
  • 1995 INTERROGATION: AIDS FORUM (photograph of installation used to illustrate "Acts of Memory" by Simon Watney) OUT magazine (New York), 9/issue.
  • 1992 "Art With Ideas", interview/review of INTERROGATION: AIDS FORUM and MY LIFE AS A NERD by David Hirsh, New York Native, 5/24 issue. WPIX, "A New York Minute".
  • 1993 "The Chill Factor" (News story by Lloyd Wong) PARALLELOGRAMME maga-zine, (Toronto) Winter issue. "Obscenity Chill, Artists in a Post-Butler Era" by Elaine Carol, Fuse magazine (Toronto), Winter issue. "The Body As Target", in-terview/review of THE SEX PICTURES by David Hirsh, New York Native, 8/2 is-sue. QUEER BODIES catalogue with forward by curator Huey Lentz. FUSE magazine, Toronto (a commissioned portfolio) Summer issue. "Choices", inter-viewed by David Hirsh, New York Native, 3/12 issue. "Restaurant Obscenity Raid Bodes Ill For Artists Creating Sexual Imagery" (news story by Glenn Cooly) NOW magazine (Toronto), 3/2 issue. "Police Warn Restaurant Photos May Be Obscene" (news story) Globe and Mail, Toronto, 2/28.
  • 1991 "New York Adventure", review of STYLES AND AESTHETICS by David Hirsh) New York Native, 12/3 issue. "Tribal Art", (photograph accompanying interview with William O'Connor about the exhibition QUEER: OUT IN ART, by David Hirsh) New York Native, 9/24 issue. "An Original Chaos", review of GAY ALL THE WAY 2 by David Hirsh, New York Native, 4/16 issue.
  • 1990 "PERFORMANCE IN/AU CANADA, 1970-1994" by Alain-Martin Richard and Clive Robertson (Coach House Press/Editions Intervention; Toronto, Montreal). REPORTS FROM THE FRONT (a portfolio of recent work), Christopher Street magazine (New York), Issue 164. "Exhibit Shows Many Types of Victims" (review of AIDS: FEAR, RAGE, HOPE) by Chris Jenkins, Los Angeles Times, 9/21.
  • 1989 "The Warmth and the Heat", review of GAY ALL THE WAY by David Hirsh) New York Native, 12/4 issue.
  • 1986 "The CEAC Was Banned in Canada", (historical overview by Dot Tuer) C maga-zine (Toronto), 9/issue.
  • 1978 An interview with the publisher of FUORI! (Bologna), published in The Body Poli-tic (Toronto)
  • 1975 An interview with Coco Rico, published in TOIKE (University of Toronto).


  • 1999 Curator: Universal Diversity 7; Soto Clemente Velez Cultural Center (New York)
  • 1995 Brooklyn Arts Council peer-review panelist.
  • 1984 Co-founder and curator (1979-88) of International Gay History Archive, now a part of the Research Collections, Rare Book and Manuscripts division of the New York Public Library.
  • 1987 Historical consultant: "Before Stonewall", a film by Robert Rosenberg, John Sca-gliotti, and Greta Schiller. Historical consultant: "The Celluloid Closet" by Vito Russo (Harper & Row).
  • 1975 Curator: Bound Bent and Determined: A Look At Sado-Masochism; CEAC (Toronto).


  • 1997-98 Photo Editor, In Theater Magazine (weekly), New York.
  • 1981-96 Art Director of Publications for That New Magazine Inc., publisher of New York Native (weekly), Christopher Street magazine (monthly), TheaterWeek magazine (weekly), New York.
  • 1981-84 On-call Night Art Director for The Village Voice (weekly), New York.
  • 1976-78 Assistant Programming Director, Centre for Experimental Art and Communication (Toronto).

WORKS ON-LINE (Visual Art: Eros Goes Sideways). (Past Exhibitions). (Member's Page) (Solidarity Originals.)


  • Public Collections: Franklin Furnace Collection at the Museum of Modern Art, (New York); Fries Museum (Leeuwarden); New York Public Library, Rare Books & Manuscript division; York University, (Toronto); Canadian Gay Archive, (Toronto); Edmonton Art Gallery; AIDS Committee of Cape Breton, The Tom of Finland Foundation (Los Angeles); Archivo Vortice Argentina de Documentación de Arte Alternativo (Buenos Aires); CaixaForum Mediateca (Barcelona); Modern Props (Los Angeles); Appleton Museum of Art (Ocala).
  • Private Collections: Berlin, Denver, La Jolla, New York, Seattle, Toronto.

EDUCATION:~ 1970-74 Ontario College of Art, graduated with honors (AOCA).

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