IN HOT PURSUIT, STARRING JESSE ARCHER
Painting by Paul Richmond
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Heartthrob Jesse Archer is having a rough day. While jogging through the dark, spooky forest (possibly not his smartest choice), he realizes that he isn’t alone. And his pursuant, a shadowy, knock-kneed monster with an appetite for cute hunks, seems to be picking up speed! It doesn’t help that suddenly the branches in Jesse’s path act like menacing claws, tearing his skimpy outfit to shreds and blocking his path to freedom. Like the countless female victims of slasher flicks that came before him, our hero’s fate is sealed. But that won’t stop him from putting up a good fight — and of course losing his clothes in the process!
Jesse Archer shared his thoughts about the painting: “I’ve never been painted before and it’s an honor because Paul is so talented. I also love his concept for me. I can’t think of anything better than an homage to female slasher victims who can’t keep their clothes on!”
“In Hot Pursuit, Starring Jesse Archer” was created for Paul Richmond’s upcoming exhibit CHEESECAKE scheduled for June 2010 at the Center on Halsted in Chicago. If you would like to learn more about Paul’s work and be first in line to see the new pieces created for this exhibit, sign up for Paul’s e-mail newsletter here:
My Cheesecake paintings put a long overdue twist on classic pin-up art. I’m interested in challenging traditional gender roles that have been reinforced by artistic expressions of sexuality in the past. It intrigues me that it was almost exclusively women who were depicted as hapless victims of skin-baring circumstance, such as the pin-up girls by Gil Elvgrin and Art Frahm. Those ladies couldn’t even walk down the street without their skirts blowing up or their underwear falling down (or both!). Meanwhile, male pin-ups by artists like Tom of Finland were generally afforded more control over their sexy shenanigans. I believe gravity and other forces conspiring to rob people of their clothing should take an equal-opportunity approach. Therefore, the models for my Cheesecake exhibit are all men; in this case, gay male celebrities from various artistic arenas of pop culture including actor Jesse Archer, photographer Mike Ruiz, musician Ari Gold, and blogger Perez Hilton. Each figure is shown in the midst of a revealing and “accidental” wardrobe malfunction, struggling to gather his aplomb and his pants without ever losing his cool.
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