Baz Here - Multidisciplinary Artist
Baz Here is a queer fine art photographer (bazherephoto.com) and musician (bazheremusic.com) living in downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). A multidisciplinary artist, Here is interested in the sound current and its effect on visual aesthetics. Through the use of self-portraiture, his work questions perceptions about race (white privilege specifically – White on White) and queer identity politics. Raised in the Christian faith, he also explores themes of sex and sexuality (The Temptation of St. Baz and Tender Feelings) and their relationship to religious iconography, replacing saints and saviors with symbols of gay sex culture. His social media experiment #instaho challenges stereotypes in the gay community on Instagram surrounding the fit body and its relationship to intelligence. His work has been exhibited at The Hive, Featured Resident Artist (DTLA) / The Getty Center, Pop-up Gallery (Los Angeles) / Out There, Gallery 825 (West Hollywood) / Gallerie Sparta (West Hollywood) / LACDA (DTLA) / Gay Downtown LA Artwalk Pop-up Gallery (DTLA) / Beyond Baroque (Venice) / Art Share LA Fall (DTLA) / Los Angeles LGBT Center Advocate and Gochis Galleries (West Hollywood). He was also featured in The Advocate and The Cultural Weekly. Baz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Photo Arts Conservatory at the New York Film Academy in Burbank, CA, where he is also finishing his MFA and teaching part-time. Baz lives with his partner and 3 dogs, England, Gia, and Kratos and prides himself on his mashed-potato making prowess.