Vancouver

Douglas Watt, Pumpjack (detail), 2019, mixed media, 39 3⁄8 × 24 3⁄4 × 3 1⁄8".

Douglas Watt, Pumpjack (detail), 2019, mixed media, 39 3⁄8 × 24 3⁄4 × 3 1⁄8".

Douglas Watt

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On summer nights, all the windows at the PumpJack Pub open up onto Davie Street. Nostalgic dance remixes flow out into the road, blurring the border between public space and community gay bar. Deeper inside, leather dads and salt-and-pepper bears perch atop heavy bar stools, pints and sodas in hand. Off to the side, a sizable dance floor beckons.

According to Pumpjack (all works cited, 2019), Douglas Watt’s architectural model of that Vancouver venue, off the dance floor are secluded chambers, including trendy event spaces equipped with a flogging station and a partial dungeon with private stalls. Their miniaturized construction here, primarily from cardboard and construction paper, suggested a kitschy sensibility.

Watt’s four other wall-mounted sculptural dioramas on view corresponded to different queer locales across Vancouver. In Clinic, 2019, a faded black-and-white poster depicting an

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