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Homoeroticism is embedded in physical culture. Renditions of this embedment have appeared in every art form throughout history. Greco-roman marbl… Read More
Homoeroticism is embedded in physical culture. Renditions of this embedment have appeared in every art form throughout history. Greco-roman marble sculptures present us with a physically perfected male form. Classicist paintings elongate and exaggerate the male physique. This inherent eroticism in physical culture is as present in contemporary discourse as it has been centuries before it. I find these displays of homoeroticism a paradox. They are representative of a heteronormative masculine ideal yet they are quintessentially homoerotic in my eyes. This homoeroticism is on display in museums, educational institutions, public venues, etc. This content is often disregarded as a platform for sexuality. I choose to use wrestling as a contemporary example to display alongside these works. Wrestling is homoerotic. Positions are physical. Players pin, grab, and wrap their bodies around another in order to win. The male physique is shown off by one-piece, tight-fitting spandex and nylon singlets. Body types are often in peak physical condition. Wrestlers hold strong admiration and veneration alongside each other. Wrestling has a fundamental relationship with arts and culture spanning for thousands of years. When approaching this content I see the eroticism that is on display. Framing these pieces in a specific way allows the erotic content already present within the content to then be explicitly drawn out. My work allows for sexuality throughout history to be questioned and to facilitate contemporary conversations in regards to it. Read Less
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Homoeroticism is embedded in physical culture. Renditions of this embedment have appeared in every art form throughout history. Greco-roman marble sculptures present us with a physically perfected male form. Classicist paintings elongate and exaggerate the male physique. This inherent eroticism in physical culture is as present in contemporary discourse as it has been centuries before it. I find these displays of homoeroticism a paradox. They are representative of a heteronormative masculine ideal yet they are quintessentially homoerotic in my eyes. This eroticism is on display in museums, educational institutions, public venues, etc. This content is often disregarded as a platform for sexuality. I choose to use wrestling as a contemporary example to display alongside these works. Wrestling is homoerotic. Positions are physical. Players pin, grab, and wrap their bodies around another in order to win. The male physique is shown off by one-piece, tight-fitting spandex and nylon singlets. Body types are often in peak physical condition. Wrestlers hold strong admiration and veneration alongside each other. Wrestling has a fundamental relationship with arts and culture spanning for thousands of years. When approaching this content I see the eroticism that is on display. Framing these pieces in a specific way allows the erotic content already present within the content to then be explicitly drawn out. My work allows for sexuality throughout history to be questioned and to facilitate contemporary conversations in regards to it.


Panel 5
Installation view of Panel 5, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling


 


Panel 2
Installation view of Panel 2, from a series 
of 8 panels selected from Wrestling


Panel 4
Installation view of Panel 4, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling

 


Panel 2
Installation view of Panel 2, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling

 


Panel 7
Installation view of Panel 7, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling


Panel 8
Installation view of Panel 8, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling


Panel 9
Installation view of Panel 9, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling
Panel 12
Installation view of Panel 12, from a series 
of 12 panels selected from Sculpture, Wrestling


Panel 4
Installation view of Panel 4, from a series 
of 8 panels selected from Wrestling


Panel 7
Installation view of Panel 7, from a series 
of 8 panels selected from Wrestling