The Q Collective is so very excited to announce the artists being featured in this year’s Transluminate: Julian Sun, Liam Oldelm, and Charlie Blake.
Julian Sun is a Chinese American gay trans man who was born and raised in the suburbs of St. Louis and now lives in Los Angeles. He creates art in his free time when he’s not pursuing a career uplifting the LGBT community.
Julian creates portraits in an attempt to capture the beauty of the human spirit. His goal is to create pieces that spark the same wonder and amazement he feels witnessing the diversity and strength within people.
Follow him on Instagram @_nanzihan_
Liam Oldelm is a portrait photographer from Maeystown, IL. After studying illustration and receiving a BFA in Communication Design, they began to seriously pursue photography as a medium. They are interested in exploring gender, masculinity, and identity through portraiture. Find OldElm Photography on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OldElm.
Charlie Blake is a native MidWesterner who has only recently returned to the Heartland after more than decade exploring other locales. They received their bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with a concentration in Metalworking from Earlham College in 2008, with a second major in Biology. Charlie also earned a PhD from Texas State University in 2016 and currently survives capitalism by working as a biologist. They are deeply grateful for the love and support of so many beautiful members of the St Louis trans and queer community.
As an artist and an ecologist, they are interested in the relationships among beings and their environments. Their work reflects their trans/queer experience of the world and employs nontraditional techniques and materials to express this experience. Their Bioscape series explores the idea of bodies as places to be navigated.
Find Charlie Blake on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CharlieBlakeArt/.