AJ Strout, Artist
AJ Strout is an independent video artist, producer, feminist, VJ, curator, and entangled machine body from Los Angeles, California. He spends his time creating dark visions, plotting with creative cohorts and, shaping the vessel that houses him.
AJ’s performance and event work are exercises in personal transformation and queer space making. In an effort to subvert social scripts in propriety, AJ produces and curates work that celebrates the unusual, the perverse, and the unstable. In his more personal work he uses documentation of his queer / alternative / trans / body as a tool to interrogate and resist the dominant culture's tendency to pathologize departures from the norm.
While his image + text work has been published in the Calarts Eye, Mr. Roach Magazine, and Hardy Zine, his installations and performances have shown at the Calarts Digital Expo, Night Gallery in Los Angeles, and Civic Center Studios. His music video collaborations have been reviewed and recognized by several digital magazines and screened at Outfest, Failed Film Fest, QueerX Film Festival, The Porny Awards, and more.
AJ received his bachelor in Film and Gender studies from Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca. He also attended California Institute of the Arts where he earned two Masters in Fine Arts; One in Creative Writing and Integrated Media and a second in Art and Technology. He currently directs and curates for the Ex Corpse Art Collective, a growing community of LA based independent queer artists. Ex Corpse hosts Experimental Nite, a monthly event that celebrates counter culture by showcasing local artists whose work is situated in the fringes.