“Friends With Benefits”, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA – 2012


Jeremy Kost is a tireless chronicler of gender, sexuality, and nightlife. Born in
Corpus Christi, Texas, he now lives and works in New York City, though he
regularly travels the world to capture images, whether they’re of male models in the
Californian desert or drag queens strutting through Pittsburgh. Strongly influenced
by Warhol, both in his choice of subjects and technique, Kost extends the creative
potential of one of Warhol’s favorite tools – the Polaroid camera. In Kost’s work,
Polaroid images not only form the basis of silkscreen paintings but are massed
together in elaborate, multilayered photo-collages.

In May 2012 The Warhol partnered with Hugo Boss to present a solo exhibition, Of
an Instance, featuring Kost’s work in New York City. Friends with Benefits, the
artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which opens at The Warhol on December 2,
2012, builds upon the New York exhibition by focusing on works depicting an
intimate family of renowned Pittsburgh-based drag performers. The exhibition
features new work produced especially for The Warhol, including a monumental
photo-collage executed on the site of Andy Warhol’s grave.

Kost states, “As an artist in today’s world, it is impossible to escape the reach of
Andy Warhol’s immense influence. For me personally, it lies more in his thinking,
appreciation for things of beauty, and the way that we collectively perceive the
world. We clearly share common subjects, both literally and generationally. Also
sharing similar mediums and processes, it has always been important for me to add
to the discourse of his legacy without being derivative, and I aspire to do that