Boys In Uniform
By: Steven Bereznai

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#213, April 10-23, 2003

"Boy Scouts are often reduced to little more than clones in uniform," explains artist Daryl Vocat, whose years in the Scouts has inspired much of his work. "The uniform erases individual identity and allows for a 'universal' experience." Born, raised and educated in Regina, he brought his printmaking and queer activism (including getting naked at Pride) to Toronto in 1999.

His new body of work builds on past exhibitions, which also centred on Scout imagery. His work ranges from planting trees to boys knitting. "It takes a lot of courage to be a sissy," he says. His screen prints and sewn blankets have a homo sensibility, without the overt sexuality. And he speaks fondly of his own time in uniform. "When I was in Scouts I think my first crush was on one of my leaders who was pretty much a bear and which seems to have left a strong imprint on my desires today." Apr. 7-May 2. Opening reception Apr. 17. Gallery X, 491 Church St.