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  1. Noam Gonick, No Safe Words, 2009. 12-channel video. Collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery.

Full Frontal

April 12 - May 11, 2013

Opening Reception: Thursday, April 11, 6-9 pm

Conversation with Noam Gonick, artist and David Hatfield, creator of Manology: Thursday, April 11, 6-7 pm

Satellite Gallery, 560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, BC

Join us for a conversation on opening night with artist Noam Gonick and David Hatfield, program director for the ongoing, experiential course for men, Manology: Exploring 21st Century Masculinity, and the Canadian Coordinator of International Men’s Day. Noam Gonick will speak to his work, No Safe Words, and the conversation will engage with viewers’ responses to the exhibition and the questions on masculinity and male identity that arise.

Curator’s Tour with Katie Schroeder
Saturday, April 13 at 2 pm at Satellite Gallery.
Space is limited. Please RSVP to reserve your place: or 604-681-8425.

Drawn from the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Full Frontal explores the relationship between masculinity and male sexuality, and why the image of a naked man, baring all, is one of society’s last taboos.

With works spanning over 50 years, Full Frontal investigates the stake our society has placed in representations of the male body, questioning why “manhood” refers to both male identity and the physical penis. Through photographs, paintings, drawings, sculpture, video and archival material, Full Frontal explores how artists, both publically and privately, have represented the penis-phallus. The exhibition couples images of the phallus—the socially approved symbol of male power—with images of the flesh—the often censored penis that our society carefully regulates.

In bringing many perspectives and subjectivities to the sexualized male body this exhibition questions a masculinity that upholds and is controlled by the idea of the phallus. Gritty and real, the works in this group exhibition present alternative modes of engaging with male sexuality, in which masculinity becomes masculinities. Full Frontal liberates the literal organ from the concept of the phallus through play, vulnerability, violence, love, desire, fantasy and sex.

Full Frontal includes works by artists: Iain Baxter&, Tom Dean, Maria Eichhorn, Russell FitzGerald, Noam Gonick, jess, Brian Jungen, Bruce LaBruce, Attila Richard Lukacs, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eric Metcalfe, Michael Morris, Marina Roy, Jack Shadbolt, Wolfgang Tillmans, Vincent Trasov, Joyce Wieland and others.

Full Frontal is curated by Katie Schroeder, a Master’s Candidate in the Critical and Curatorial Studies program at The University of British Columbia. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Michael O’Brian Family Foundation, the Killy Foundation and the Audain Endowment for Curatorial Studies through the Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory in collaboration with the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at The University of British Columbia, and Satellite Gallery.

For further information please contact: Jana Tyner at,
tel: (604) 822-1389, or fax: (604) 822-6689