In the current cultural context of conservative backlash, STARBooks Press and digital artist Luc Edouard Georges are delighted to present a hardcover coffee table/art book featuring 50 full color portraits of New York Radical Faeries accompanied by informative passages about this fringe gay group. Still quite unknown and mysterious even to the gay community at large, the Faeries are part of a flamboyant anti-assimilationist fringe of gay activism, liberation and consciousness. This colorful and fun-filled book is a visual guide to their philosophy and way of life. Radical Faeries mediate between the masculine and the feminine and between the spiritual and the mundane. They buy land and turn it into Nature Sanctuaries where they gather, plan actions, explore and develop "Queer Consciousness." In cities, they are a network that marches against injustice and creates cultural events and interventions.With their circular manner of community building, which is inspired by Native Indian culture, inclusion, reverence for the sanctity of nature, and anti consumerism, this leaderless tribe creates a community that encourages diversity and nurtures independent and avant-garde artists. Radical Faeries are immeasurably cherished for their wisdom and sometimes even mystical message.
LUC EDOUARD GEORGES is a classically trained painter and sculptor who graduated from the National Academy of Design, School of Fine Arts, NYC, in 1992. He was awarded the Leon Necham Kin Prize for Drawing and Painting and the Chaim Gross Prize for Sculpture. In 1996 he chose digital art (photographing images as they occur in his daily life and then repainting them digitally to heighten their expressiveness) as the medium for the creation of his visual poems. He has been exhibiting his digital paintings ever since. Highlights include The French Designer Show in 2001, The International Designer Show in 2003, The Gay and Lesbian Photo Biennial in 2004 as well as several exhibitions in downtown NYC.