SELF REFLECTION, STARRING JASON DRISKILL
By Paul Richmond and Jason Driskill
Artist Jason Driskill’s work focuses on self-portraiture, and in this Cheesecake painting, he finds himself with an audience!
“Self Reflection, Starring Jason Driskill” 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, fashion designer Jack Mackenroth, 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.
©2010 Paul Richmond
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