Drum centers around the 1960s monthly homophile publication, Drum, that differed from other queer publications of the time as it flagrantly blended sexuality, politics, literature, and humor. Published in Philadelphia in 1964 by founder and editor Clark Polak, Drum became a venue to push radical sexual politics and considered to be one of the most successful; however, the publication ceased in 1969 following Polak’s arrest for selling and distributing curiosa.
The series is based from a specific issue (vol. 6, no. 1, March 1966) that was seized by the US post office, which led to Polak’s federal indictment for mailing obscene material. Each page from this issue, forty in total, is digitally scanned and printed on fabric, quilted, and turned into sculptures with contemporaneous materials from that era.
This new work acts as a window into the struggle to create a particular queer voice and heralds the complexity of gay liberation culture post-1969.