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Book Launch: deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL by Matthew Anderson

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Please join us for the release of deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL compiled by Matthew Anderson.

Saturday, April 13th at Leiminspace gallery in Chinatown

7:30 pm - 10 pm

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Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the forthcoming release of deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL, a book compiled by artist and filmmaker Matthew Anderson.

This book will be released in conjunction with the LA Art Book Fair at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA from April 11-14. You can find it at the Candor Arts table: L10.


Matthew Anderson’s deviant proposals: AN ANTI-BINARY JOURNAL is a collection of works by queer artists from around the globe. The project was born out of Anderson’s struggle to feel fully connected to the queer community in Los Angeles. By turning to his international peers, this journal came into existence. The project began when Anderson compiled “ruminations and provocations by queer persons with a deep need to act / think / feel in opposition to strict binary systems according to (but not limited by) sexuality, gender, performance or identity.” The numerous contributing artists were given the freedom to submit work in any written format focusing on pondering the many questions that may have crossed their paths in relation to anti-binary modes of life, and its inherent provocation of the existing mainstream narratives and discourse. Anderson’s artist book creates a physical space where different voices of queerness converse, coexist and thrive.


Matthew Anderson is an artist and filmmaker currently living and working in Los Angeles. His work centers around multiplicity of perspectives and queer experience. He is the creator of ‘deviant proposals’ and writer and director of the feature film Baja Come Down. His film work also includes short, experimental and documentary projects which have shown internationally across Europe, Australia, North and South America. He is co-creator of Shadow Kitchen, a Los Angeles filmmaker collaborative, and co-creator of the LA Cinema Calendar. He holds a BFA from Chapman University.

Image © Matthew Anderson



At this moment in time, Ambrose DuPree is a tiny but mighty Black queer

and genderqueer individual who is from and currently works in Columbus,

OH. They are also fortunate to consider (and want to thank) the many

friends, family, art and community spaces they’ve encountered around

the globe that they call home. They are a filmmaker by trade and an

operations wizard by practice.


Erin Pike is a queer performance artist and writer with a flair for the

feminist, political, and absurd. She is a Simon Rockower Award winner.


Holly M. Crawford is an artist, educator, and lycanthrope living and

working in Los Angeles. Holly works predominantly in collage and uses

found imagery and paper to explore play, magic, and identity. Holly has

exhibited at leiminspace in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Municipal Art

Gallery, The Main Museum, The Nomadic Werewolf Museum, and the

Maryland Institute College of Art.


Judit Kis is a an emerging artist based in Budapest and Berlin. She

received her MA Intermedia Art degree in 2015 at the Hungarian

University of Fine Arts, where she also graduated from Fine Art Theory

and Curating. She also attended Chelsea College of Art and Design and

participated in short residencies and workshops internationally.

In 2016 she had a solo show ‘I Have Never Happened’ at Topic in

Geneva and her works have exhibited in art galleries and institutions

in London, Berlin, Stuttgart, Aarhus and Tallinn. Her works explore

the possibilities of integrating her continuously constructed identity

into society and documenting the stretching of her boundaries when

presented with existential problems or emotionally difficult situations.

Her videos are illustrations of her writings, thoughts and personal

improvement. Her practice is not only a self-healing process, but it

also allows the audience to discover familiar patterns within their own

life experiences concerning human relations and love affairs.


Peter Kalisch is a visual/performance artist based in Los Angeles,

CA. His work attempts to point light to the postmodern condition of

disconnection from shared values, lived intimacy, human connection,

and our physical bodies. His relationship to performance as a medium

comes from the cathartic nature of reconnecting with his physical

vulnerability after a lifetime of upbringing in a first-world capitalist

environment. His work is an attempt at self-awareness and criticality,

an encouragement to others to remove themselves from the pattern

of self-victimization which is so apparent in our society. He promotes

authenticity, vulnerability, honesty and freedom, with an often political

and philosophical edge.


Rachel Elizabeth Jones is a writer and artist currently based in

Vermont. As a writer, she has contributed to publications including

Hyperallergic, The New Inquiry, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

As an artist, she works to create experience and exchange through

objects, with an inclination towards practices of gleaning, physical and

spiritual reclamation, and concepts of apocalypse. She is also a co-organizer

with nomadic curatorial initiative Overnight Projects.


Savio Debernardis is a multimedia artist and film director currently

living and working in Berlin. His work in essay, video-art, performance

and film, has been shown in institutions and festivals in Europe and

North America. He holds degrees in Art History and Archeology from

the University of Sorbonne Paris-IV, in Fine Art at the Ecole Nationale

Supérieure des Arts de Paris-Cergy (ENSAPC) and continues in studies

in film direction at the Konrad Wolf University of film in Babelsberg.


Valentin Noujaïm is a young filmmaker/screenwriter living in Paris,

with Lebanese and Egyptian roots. His work mostly includes fiction &

documentary narratives on 8mm, DV or digital media. His movies often

concern misfits in dystopian and fantastic worlds, always linked with

sexuality & race.

Earlier Event: April 11
LA Art Book Fair
Later Event: April 14
Art + Sound Archivists Mixer