"BREEDINGS" - FUSE GALLERY - NYC - MAY 6th, 2010
ARTIST STATEMENT (MAY, 2010):
"In making this exhibition, I wanted to showcase a smattering of my work from the last two years. I didn't want to show a single body of work, nor a grand retrospective, so I set about thinking of a good way to whittle the selection down. As I worked, a strange thing began to happen. My photographs began to appear next to eachother, on my table and studio floor. Had I put them there? Had I paired those images? It was almost as if the photos were attracted to eachother and were sneaking love affairs.
The photograph represents, in one way, the death of the real life moment, and simultaneously, the immortalization of it. This show is an exploration of a new phenomena that never occurred to me: the photographs seem to be attracted to eachother, as if they have a life of their own. To save photography from it's death-like qualities, one almost needs to double down, and one finds that two deaths make a life. Essentially, I am allowing my photos to have sex, and by coming together, the images are creating offspring - a new life. A new story.
I spent my life in film, as an actor. I look for photographs that are, essentially, like someone stopped the projector during a film, leaving the viewer with a slice of a much bigger picture, giving you a peephole into a sliver of a new world.
"Little Deaths" is a presentation of 20 nano-narratives, mini blockbusters - 20 of the shortest films you've ever seen.
I look for moments of solitude within my subjects. A genuine moment of aloneness, within the crowd, where my subject loses themselves, and forgets their surroundings, leaving me open to photograph an authentic emotional moment. Oftentimes, I find that the only solitude is darkness, bringing a lot of blacks to my work.
My work carries a strong tone of my ongoing exploration of the worlds of homosexuality, bisexuality, and transgenderism, amongst a new generation of young people, who feel less and less marginalized within society, and increasingly free to create new hybrids of what is seen as 'male' or 'female', or 'gay' or 'straight'. I have spent a lifetime refusing to be categorized, or placed in any box, and a lot of my work is an exploration of other people who feel the same way. The work also has a lot to do with the cultures of New York City. I was born and raised here, and I hunger for a wildness and freedom from rules that is hard to find nowadays. I am drawn to the freaks and the outsiders, because they are my people, and those who operate outside of society's structures, and thrive, making their lifestyles beautiful, are the most interesting to me."
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