Artist in the studio, or basement, or garage.Poke at masculine kitsch. The fine art of black and white “studio” photography. Stoic male models, in between acting gigs, adorned illustrated elements — cartoon splats, venetian clouds, bloodshot eyeballs, and teddy bears.
"Drops and Spills" is presented as a wall piece, in which the slideshow above appears in the center frame.
FROM "DROPS AND SPILLS," INDIVIDUAL FRAME, MULTMEDIA ANIMATION CLICK TO ENLARGE
Played like a word game: phrases carefully letter-set and framed. Later, fractured into words, words to letters. The game points in one direction - to fragility - frayed, pink, threaded, bound. And to another toward innuendo (biting Jacob? Edward?).Morph to a slight-of-hand trick: logos made to float mysteriously above symbols of absence and vulnerability. One the wall (see detail) the fragments are corralled together by over-done, nested gold gilt frames. Underscore the obsessive need to frame nothing(ness) correctly.
DETAIL, "INSIDE EVERY MAN"
INSTALLATION VIEW, "PUNCH/DROWN"
Bits of ietterpress, papercraft, scrapbooking tape, prize ribbons, children’s bandaids, rubbers stamps and gilded wood - maleness, like art, is largely overdone. When the frame is glitzier than the thing itself . . .
FROM "PUNCH/DROWN" CLICK TO ENLARGE
Paper skin pulled taught over ligament.Ligament glued to solid boneVise grip. Broken grid.My “neuro-skeletal matrix”(or other linguistic device used to rationalize the sub-dermal).Scalenes, bolted. Drift down.Cranial, cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral.The interior abdominal wall.Perineum. Pooling.Punch, then drown.
THE IDOLS AND TOONS, MASHED WITH TAPE, COLLAGE, 30 X 22 INCHES
Pictured left then right: the two champs of the million-dollar smile. A decade later, the viral gut punch. Don’t speak it aloud, neither one, bound together. “Not hard to do, really. The Times would not even permit the word gay until 1987.” Or, “US President Ronald Reagan first mentions the word ‘AIDS’ five years after it was identified.” The showgirl, the bodybuilder, and the guy the yoke’s on. Backlash and/or bashback.
DETAIL FROM "REAGAN HEART LIBERACE" CLICK TO ENLARGE
Skin vs plastic, brought to you by MarvelThe chiseled physique, whittled from siliconeMan vs positionable limbsInvincibility at four inches tallThe passion of the fight?Your pecs won’t protect you.
FROM "ACTION FIGURE," TABLE-TOP PHOTO CLICK TO ENLARGE
END ACT TWO