NYT: The British fashion stylist IB Kamara, originally from Sierra Leone, and the South African photographer Kristin Lee-Moolman have collaborated on a project titled “2026,” which addresses heteronormative attitudes to self-expression through fashion. The photographs imagine what men’s wear may look like in 10 years, through the use of fabrics rescued from garbage bins and thrift shops in Johannesburg and made into contemporary garments.
“I wanted to create a utopia where you can be whatever you want to be, without emphasis on masculinity or sexuality,” Mr. Kamara said last week, as he put the finishing touches to the large-scale photographic prints of young African men in dresses now hanging from the walls of Somerset House, one of Britain’s grandest palaces. “I wanted men, in particular black men, to just be able to be and breathe like every other type of man has been able to breathe for centuries, without the pressure and policing of black masculinity lingering over them.”
Articles & Images:
For Your Gods, 2016 V E N F I E L D 8
Film by artist VENFIELD8, For Your Gods is a meditation of the fetishization of designer labels and illustrates the erotic currency in the extreme. Seen as a metaphor, consumers are instructed to respond to luxury in very specific and predetermined ways. For Your Gods stars model/DJ Brian Maier.
HOMO HISTORY: Eugene Jansson was born in Stockholm in 1862 and spent the first half of his career as an accomplished landscape painter. He was famous for his Munch inspired nighttime landscapes, featuring gorgeous shades of blue. These works were highly sought after and his career was flourishing, but Jansson was exhausted and had lost interest in landscapes. He decided to change the direction of his work and it would be a drastic change. Jansson met his muse and lover, Knut Nyman, while at the Navy Bath-house in Stockholm. The Naval bath-house, and it’s many handsome young members, would become the inspiration for the second half of Jansson’s career as a painter. His love of men and his passion for painting suddenly merged with his new works. His painting of his lover Knut, “Naken Yngling” (Nude Youth) was exhibited 1907.
Jansson and Knut lived an isolated life for many years while he worked on his new series of paintings. Jansson’s self portrait in the bath-house is oddly revealing for a man who lived in a society where he wasn’t allowed to be openly gay. Jansson and Knut shared a house together, next to his painting studio, until 1912. Jansson painted 4 monumental works set in a bathhouse, as well as nude athletes, until he died cerebral hemorrhage in 1915. After Jansson’s death, his brother (who was also gay) destroyed most of the artist’s letters and papers. This was most likely done to avoid a scandal since homosexuality was illegal in Sweden until 1944, Until very recently, art historians have ignored Jansson’s homosexuality despite the obvious homo-erotic nature of his work.
and this (unrelated) FUN FACT:
From the 1890s to the 1930s, men who swam at the YMCA did so in the nude, apparently wool swimsuits (the fashion of the time) clogged up the pool filters.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
1874 – 1951
ACADEMIC NUDE IN THE ACADÉMIE JULIAN
signed J.C Leyendecker and dated 96 (lower left), inscribed PRIX / Ex. AEQ (upper left) and S (upper right)
oil on canvas
32 3/8 by 23 1/8 in.
82.2 by 58.7 cm
19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART
18 MAY 2016 | 10:00 AM EDT
Estimate 25,000 — 35,000 USD
these two shots by OTTER J
photo above by daniel ford
MORE images (w/ titles & names of artists) HERE @ 19th CENTURY BOYFRIEND
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Just watched The Danish Girl the other night… loved the costume design/ art direction… the movie, not so much. Beautiful to look at but the story didn’t draw me in… and the wigs got worse as it went on. But it made me want to look at the art of Gerda Wegener. Goddess, she was soooooo good! Take a look…
THE MODERNIST JOURNALS PROJECT: From: Wendy and Gordon Hawksley: William Bruce Ellis Ranken was born in Edinburgh in 1881, the second son of Robert Burt Ranken, a prosperous lawyer, and his wife Mary. He was educated at Eton and The Slade School of Art under Henry Tonks. He had his first one man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery, London in 1904, a gallery much favoured by Sargent at that time. Moving in the circles of Edwardian aesthetes, it is known that he was well acquainted with Sargent by 1908 and Wilfrid Gabriel de Glehn.
By 1914 he was living at 14 Cheltenham Terrace, Chelsea, a couple of minutes walk away from Sargent’s studio in Tite Street. Unable to serve in the First World War due the effects of childhood polio, he subsequently went to America on a commission through Sargent. He had his first one man exhibition there in January 1916 at the Doll & Richards Gallery, Boston. Sargent introduced him to Isabella Stewart Gardner who acquired his watercolour ‘In a Turkish Garden’. Later that same year he had a one man exhibition at the Galleries of M Knoedler & Co in New York and by this time had had commissions by other prominent Americans such as the Vanderbilts, Whitneys and Havemeyers, probably due to introductions effected by Sargent.
SPUNK is an experimental documentary where reality and virtual reality blend into a surrealistic sexual collage. 36 minutes long, it showcases digital sex with webcams, mobile phones and the fantasies the participants live through the digital media.
SPUNK has two parts. In the first it references the internet aesthetics and online gay cruising through time. In the second it transports the viewer into a fantasy world. In those virtual settings horny men openly demonstrate their cyber sexuality.
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Art direction and concept by Jerry Stafford; hair by Julien d’Ys for Julien d’Ys; makeup and body painting by Lisa Houghton at Tim Howard Management. Produced by Jeffrey Delich. Set design by Rhea Thierstein. Photography assistants: Emma Dalzell, Keith Coleman. Fashion assistants: Clemence Lobert, Sarah Zendejas. Local Production: Angeline Dinzik, Justin Revis, Henry Emrik, Toby Bornhauser. Hair assistant: Ilker Akyoi. Special thanks to the staff of The Menil Collection and The Rothko Chapel. Printed by Graeme Bulcraig at Touch Digital.
“You are always so good at sharing your incredible place, thought I would share mine with you……… this was just in the Chicago READER, a weekly ‘alternative’ newspaper…. a different feel than your place, but think we have the same general ‘need’ for more, and an interest in mixing it all together so it makes sense (well to us anyway)……….always enjoy checking out your site…….”
So I got that email from a Sissydude follower Keith recently and fell in love with clever Keith and his awesome space. So here are some images and a video from CHICAGO READER.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE & see more pics @ CHICAGO READER
photos and article by Andrea Bauer