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Queer artist puts on exhibit in GNO's new digs above Zig's bar

Gallery moved from its long-time Elgin St. home to a temporary one down the street in June

Artist Maximilian Suillerot begins a residency at Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario this month, and will present a show called “The Olympic Effort of the Sex Magick Warriors.”

This work by the Toronto-based queer artist explores the themes of self-preservation through a strong community and their means for survival, while overflowing in the GNO’s neighbourhood, said a press release.

The premise confronts and comforts the public to its role as a viewer, an ally and a bystander to practices where empathy melds with activism in a part comical, part alarmist way.

The following work that Suillerot puts together echoes in the local queer community and its environment where it evolves against all odds.

The fact that GNO is putting on an exhibit by a queer artist is perhaps appropriate, given the gallery moved in June into the space above Zig's, the local gay bar.

The gallery didn't move too far — from its long-time home at 174 Elgin St. down the road to 54 Elgin St.

These are temporary digs as the gallery awaits its move into the Place des Arts — construction is supposed to get underway on the new francophone arts centre this month.

An opening reception for “The Olympic Effort of the Sex Magick Warriors” takes place Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. 

A couple of notes: the exhibition contains nudity, and the venue is not wheelchair accessible.