Leeway Transformation Award
Discipline: Media Arts ,Visual Arts
bex* is primarily a graphic artist, filmmaker and photographer. In 2005 and 2006 bex* helped bring together a group of artists to form the queer/leftist Searing Images Collective [sic] responsible for numerous local artist-driven social change campaigns. Some of bex*’s other projects include curating and reproducing digital illustrations using spray paint stencils, stickers, patches, and clothing prints. A few of bex*’s past projects include “Nicetown,” a short documentary about the neighborhood of the same name and what it's like to move around as an outsider within it; and Meditation on Intelligibility, a digital short exploring the relationship of the body to concepts of gender. bex* also creates art and custom clothing designs for the underserved trans/queer community under the name Pleasure&Danger, vending at local and national events. bex* is interested in the viral nature of certain mediums, such as stickers, and how ‘street’ methods of distribution can be part of the art—specifically work that is related to social justice action. bex* is also very interested in real people and their stories and has come to find that documentary film and photography are the best way to tell them, feeling drawn to capture stories of people who are marginalized and/or often misrepresented.