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I LOVE YOU LIKE MIRRORS DO: COYOTE PARK

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“It’s not often you enter a museum space where you see trans people depicted by trans people,” 

Los Angeles based artist Coyote Park (he/they) is buzzing with energy, processing the recent opening of Coyote Park: I Love You Like Mirrors Do, their exhibition on view through July 2023 in New York City at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

A mirrored installation meets viewers as a part of the exhibition and Park is probing a level of inquiry around the experience of that self-reflection, “What does it mean for trans bipoc, how is it for all of us, being able to not have access to spaces where our love is celebrated?”

Into Me, Coyote Park. Courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

“It was so precious going back, during the public opening,” recalls Park, “Seeing couples looking at the images together and being reflected.” 

I LOVE YOU LIKE MIRRORS DO conveys a level of openness, softness and intimacy. Collaborative works featuring a constellation of Park’s closest chosen family, friends and lovers depicted in intimate moments, self-portraits, audio recordings.

“How do I — in an art show — utilize this tender moment to defy a world that doesn’t want that to exist for us?” Park asks.

A 2Spirit, Indigenous (Yurok) Korean-American transgender artist raised in Hawai’i, they often depict interpersonal relationships with their kin in foliage and interior spaces. Utilizing self portraiture as a mode of collaboration, Parks images share moments with friends and intimate partners. Park’s practice centers queer love, community, and trans futures.

The exhibit inaugurates the Interventions series at LLMA which engages queer artists and cultural producers to dive into LLMA’s extensive collection and creatively present their research, building new narratives and interpretations from diverse subjectivities.

Secret Cove with bones Coyote Park.
Courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

The selection of recorded audio memories entitled “An Ocean of Reflections” features contributions from Park’s network of close collaborators in life and love, playing over a sparkling seascape. Refracting and reflecting on fleeting moments, shared spaces and intimacy, they offer a selection of excerpts below in advance of their conversation on February 17 with Leslie-Lohman Museum and Zackary Drucker at Ace DTLA.

Excerpted from  “An Ocean of Reflections”, part of “Coyote Park: I Love You Like Mirrors Do” on view February 3 – July 16, 2023 at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

Curated by Stamatina Gregory, Head Curator and Director of Exhibitions and Collections

You bring a light into this world that

I just want more of.

There is a radiance there

that has to be amplified.

And I’ve also noticed the trend

with you

too, that every time

we’re intimate, sexual,

when we’re feeling

like our honest, truthful selves,

we’re usually connected with the land.

We usually shed fabrics,

shed clothing.

We let our skin glisten.

We allow the sun to bless us

and kiss us

with their rays.

-HERCULES

You feel healing to these childhood

versions of myself

and in my teen years

where I felt like no one could

touch my surface

and know me for how I saw me.

And yet, you remind me of my beauty

as I remind you yours.

On a naked, glistening sand.

-Coyote

It was 2020 in Brooklyn

when I was first able

to see your smile and able to wrap

my arms around you for the first time.

Though we hadn’t met in person before,

it was as if I was returning

to a sacred monument, a form

that I know I’d felt love for before.

You are like a silk

shaw draped around my body.

My nervous system. My heart.

I love you, Coyote.

Em

Em. It was late August,

and we were on our little farmhouse

in Colorado.

And you were in the kitchen,

shirtless, making breakfast for us.

You looked so at peace.

And this is this place

that was just our home for the night.

It felt like someplace

that we could hide in the corner

of the world together for some peace

and quiet, only for it to be morning.

Coyote 

Being with you also

makes me

feel the spiritual

nature

of my gender expression.

Being with you helps me remember that

my gender expression

is sacred and ancestral.

-KE’ RON

Ke’Ron Motion 1 Coyote Park. Courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art

I still think about your offerings

to the ocean.

You dancing for her like a light

rippling across the surface.

I always feel calm around you.

The way I feel

when I see the sun glimmer.

-COYOTE

You told me the time

zone in your heart was the time zone

that I was in.

Yet your body was in the land

of your childhood.

The words you wrote to me filled me up

with so much emotion

that I erupted in tears.

Words have never made me cry before.

The land, the time,

and the ocean between us

only make this love wider.

Our worlds bigger

and the time we get to know each other

even more ancient.

bones

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