In the exhibition, Gaze Upon Gays, artist Josh Tetzlaff presents a collection of homoerotic and optical art that explores his personal journey of self-discovery and the impact of cultural ideals of masculinity on his sexuality. Tetzlaff utilizes painting, printmaking, and installation to comment on the changing perceptions of male beauty presented by society and encourages viewers to question their own insecurities and expectations surrounding gender norms. By subverting traditional notions of masculinity and manipulating the viewer’s gaze, Tetzlaff invites contemplation of the diversity and beauty of the male form. Ultimately, the exhibition creates a space of belonging where unique perspectives can be celebrated.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Josh Evans Tetzlaff is an artist working in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. His artwork focuses on exploring themes related to gay identity, utilizing optical illusions to challenge stereotypes and debunk the notion that homosexuality can be influenced by external factors. Tetzlaff obtained his BFA from Austin Peay State University in 2016 and recently completed his MFA in Studio Art at American University in 2023.
His work has been showcased in numerous solo exhibitions held in various locations, including Clarksville, Nashville, and Johnson City, Tennessee, as well as Spokane, Washington, and Syracuse, New York. Additionally, he has actively participated in group exhibitions at esteemed venues such as the American University Museum in Washington, DC, the Portico Gallery in Brentwood, MD, and the Touchstone Gallery in Washington, DC.
ABOUT THE DC ARTS CENTER’S MAIN GALLERY
The DC Arts Center’s Main Gallery was created to foster underrepresented artists in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Located in the heart of Adams Morgan, The DC Arts Center’s Main Gallery produces multiple exhibitions annually and in every medium imaginable. Artists are selected by The DC Arts Center’s Visual Arts Committee. Guidelines for submissions can be found on our website.