Monday, May 11, 2015

INTERFACE/Leslie Lohman Museum Interview with curator Walt Cessna












more info at


https://www.facebook.com/LeslieLohmanMuseum/photos/a.247684065326190.57375.246934688734461/910386602389263/?type=1&theater



Interview with Walt Cessna



What is hope and how does one keep it fresh?


Hope is the ability to dream and the only way to keep a dream fresh is believing that sometimes dreams come true.





Can you recapture the high points of the last year?


For me personally it was getting Vaczine Publishing off the ground and getting an opportunity to curate an art exhibit for the Leslie-Lohman Museum of LGBTQ Art.




What did you expect from life and what do you expect now from the future?


I don't expect anything now or in the future. I live in the day and don't like to make plans that spur expectations.




What is the role of sexual politics in society?


Unfortunately too large a role. There are sexual politics at play in almost every facet of government and it never seems to become a problem until someone gets caught.





What is the impact of social media on your art practice?


I am a social media based artist since 2005 and have used my blogs and photography feeds as a way to reinvent myself and find a new medium to showcase my past & present work all in the same place. Although I have had several gallery shows and have had my work published in several photography books including two of my own. I have a large on-line fan base and because my work is consistently reblogged the audience continues to grow in a broadly diverse and extremely varied way.






What are your core beliefs?

Do your best work and truly own it. Regrets are unacceptable and the only opinion at the end of the day that matters is your own. How can You expect anyone to believe in your work unless you already do?





What draws and connects you to your subjects?


Some sort of attraction that usually borders on sexual, though I mostly act out on it with my camera and keep my own personal desires typically to myself. This is the longest period of being single I've ever gone through and I'm used to having a BF that becomes my muse. William, Johnny, Robby, Jacob, James, David, Massimo...So I've been trying to extend my male gaze towards more than just dudes I'd like to fuck as well as a very carefully edited selection of ladies that almost always have a strong personal style and love of fashion that borders on obsession.






What are your thoughts on art exhibits and the process of selling art?

I think it all needs to be rethought and rebooted for the next decade. It's pretty much to the point that if any of the major art museums want to actually be relevant and acknowledge the fact that artists are utilizing social media in a completely never before seen way and some (artists & viewers) would rather view they're Tumblr & Instagram feeds of streaming content on a screen than a wall.

The first modern museum acquisition of the social media age will be of an artists blog. Hopefully a Tumblr one as it's the only censor free portal. For as many CK Calvin Klein brands desperate to keep up with the youth market, there are even more artists who have taken the blog format, specifically the never ending scroll feed and multiple free tools of Tumblr and created their own virtual archives, on-line galleries if you will. If you're under the age of 30 and consider yourself a creative person, it's more than likely your sharing your artwork on social media way before the thought of a gallery or art fairs come to mind.

Artists who build up a blog over several years have a unique and way more visual than a diary way of presenting their work in a time line context. U can mix your personal life with your art the way Natasha Gornik & Benjamin Fredrickson do or reintroduce your past work along with the new as Stanley Stellar does. In Scooter LaForge's case, his blog is like looking at his inspiration books with a visual sprinkling of the many mediums he works in. Some say why not just do a website? You can, but the blog has become an art form in itself and a growing number of artists are utilizing it as a way to expand their creative vision. When the first art blog sells that's when the sites will start charging for content storage.

Imagine, the Whitney buys an artists blog and Tumblr's David Karp is somehow jolted out of whatever strange reality he's in and realizes revenue potential, though technically, that Yahoo's imaginary problem to deal with ;) ‪#‎QueerArtInterface‬


http://benjaminfredricksonnewyork.tumblr.com
http://natashagornik.com/blog/
http://stanleystellar.tumblr.com/
http://scooterlaforge.tumblr.com/
http://vaczine.tumblr.com




What is your connection to the Leslie Lohmann Museum?


I am a guest curator presenting my first exhibit INTERFACE from May 15th - August 2nd 2015 as well as a featured artist myself having had a show of my photography with fellow artist Natasha Gornik called SHARP OBJECTS in 2014. Some of my work is archived at the museum.







What is the role of a gay museum?


To finally give a proper home to what had previously been a marginalized and rarely properly organized and archived genre of art and it's makers who identify as LGBTQ and increasingly find the audience for and value of their work expanding.




How well does the hat of a curator for Queer art fit you?


Better than expected but forever open to interpretation as I realize that getting solidly behind and promoting another artist work can be just as confounding, controversial and confusing as your own. I would prefer for the moment to not add any new titles to my already overloaded resume and simply allow the selection of work to speak for itself.




What will is the upcoming show about?


Queer Artist forming communities through social media and taking a firmer role when it comes to how they present their artwork in an ever changing and constantly evolving web based landscape where the artist increasingly has more and more control over how their work and themselves are perceived.




What do the words identity and community mean to you?


Identity is simply how I maintain my uniqueness in both the real & virtual communities that increasingly rely on signature styles and over the to visuals to convey a message or find a new way to market to an increasingly diverse and proudly divergent audience.







How important is validation to you?


Validation can border on ego boosting, so in the long run it's only of importance when I am validating myself through my achievements and not looking to them as a way to claim some form of exclusivity or importance for myself.




Where would you escape to if you could and why?


I escape every night as soon as I start posting that day's photographs and start to form the words that will eventually take them to the next level and allow me a fresh portal to provide visual & aural stimulation to my followers. I think the whole point of getting to showcase yourself in such an open and unflinching way through social media is an actual form of escape for some artists who might never of had the opportunity or the inclination to transform themselves in front of an audience potentially in the millions,


Thanks Walt


opening Friday Mai 15th

Interface: Queer Artists Forming Communities through Social Media
Curated by Walt Cessna
Exhibition Dates: May 15 - August 2, 2015
Opening Reception: May 15, 6-8 pm
Performance by Boy Wolf and DJ Sheba Legend

"Interface: Queer Artist Forming Communities through Social Media" is an eclectic mix of queer New York artists working in a wide variety of styles and mediums that became friends and colleagues through social media. This exhibition is emblematic of a shifting time in the art world where technology allows artists to not only create in a different way, but also alters the way the public encounters them and their art. Join us virtually throughout the exhibition at #QueerArtInterface.

Dietmar Busse
Chick Byrne
Isauro Cairo
Bubi Canal
Adrian Carroll
Walt Cassidy
Ben Copperwheat
Derek DeWitt
Jordan Eagles
Alesia Exum
Benjamin Fredrickson
Natasha Gornik
Joel Handorff
Leo Herrera
Erika Keck
Brian Kenny
Naruki Kukita
Scooter LaForge
Brett Lindell
Slava Mogutin
Diego Montoya
Muffinhead
Chuck Nitzberg
Maria Piñeres
Gio Black Peter
James Salaiz
Ethan Shoshan
William Spangenberg
Tom Taylor
George Towne
Todd Yeager

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Hero whoreship by Richard Schemmerer



"Joe re-envisoned" digital art manipulation by Richard Schemmerer


As a communal stereo type we like to glorify movie stars even reality show starz to a degree that makes them rich and famous just scavenging of the gay money pool. We see ourselves in these larger than life caricatures in the hope we too can break out of the closet of stigma to become our own heroes.

We take life not as serious as we should and spend our energy fighting for our equal protection rather then indulging in masturbating to the Kardashians and prostituting ourselves in the process.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Interview with photographer Jeremy Lucido founder of Starr Fucker







Interview with photographer Jeremy Lucido



I saw that you have a Wikipedia page. How did that come into being and what does that say about you?


I'm not sure when and how it was started, but I do keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't say something awful about me (LOL). It does give a brief history of my beginnings in photography and art.



You always seemed to be interested in Photography. What attracted you to it?


As a teenager I loved my point-and-shoot camera. My friends and I would plan silly and goofy photo shoots after-school, nothing really serious. I was always attracted to portraiture from the beginning... it was the ability to capture something personal in an image that reflected the subject.




How did you end up going from headshots to full frontal?


I think nude photography is a natural progression for any photographer. My official introduction however to “adult” photography was in 2001 when porn star Michael Brandon hired me to do his headshots. His headshots of course showed way more than typical ones.



It seems you are wearing multiple hats.

What is your job at Randy Blue and how has that influenced your artistic practice?



I am currently the Production Manager at RandyBlue.com… so basically anything regarding production and photography. I do shoot most of the photography at Randy Blue, but don’t really always see that as an influence to my artist practice. It is a great exercise to constantly be shooting several models of different backgrounds. Many of which are new to being photographed so, you have to help guide them to the image you want.



What is attractive to you in a man personally and what makes a good model to photograph?


I am attracted to all types of men physically and the same goes for models. I do think if I mesh well with the personality of a model the better chance we have for a great final product. I do love a man who can be annoyingly sexy at the same time as being goofy.



How did or do you deal with sexual desire on the job?


It is pretty much a nonissue for me. When I'm working my mind is distracted with capturing the images I want. Also it's takes way more than seeing a man naked to to get me going.




Is the gay community still too obsessed with the naked body or is society to uptight about it?


One of the reasons people may think that the Gay community is obsessed with the naked body is because society is indeed very uptight about it. If people celebrated the human form of all shapes and sizes we could get past the fact that someone doesn't have clothes on and start to see what is beautiful about it.




What is a healthy & realistic body image for a gay man?



I wouldn't know.... I don't work out and am thinking about burritos right now.



What is your own body image and how important are looks to happiness?

I don't have a great body and I look much better with clothes on. With that being said, I am equality realistic about my great attributes as I am about my not-so-great obes. I can celebrate both. My happiness doesn't have much to do with my body image as it does more to do with the people around art, my health and me.





You are the founder of Starrfucker Magazine? What is its mission?


The short answer would be to show the world images of beautiful and real men. Starrfucker Magazine is also my way to keep my photography alive and to keep my art growing and evolving and it’s done just that for me.





You’ve been nominated a few times for various cyber awards. Which awards were you the most proud of to be able to accept in real life and in cyberspace?


I would have to say it was for Best Photographer from a now defunct award show. I totally lost.




How does your Jeremy Lucido photography site differentiate itself from your other projects?


Jeremy Lucido Photography is the umbrella entity to all that is my photography, whether it be editorial, nude, instant or self-portraits.



How does a week in your life look like and what would you change if you could?



My “9-5” of course is Randy Blue which is not always just dick and ass; there is plenty of office/production work involved as well. My nights are often filled with photo shoots, magazine layouts, nightlife photography and lots of wine fueled photo editing.










Who are your biggest influences philosophically and artistically?



I have so many artist that I admire and have been influenced by, I don’t think I could choose just one. Early in my career and education I often looked to photographer Jeff Burton for inspiration. His work is a great balance of evolving photographic industries and multiple points of view.



You just got married. How important was that for you?


I actually am still engaged. We get married on May 2nd of this year. It is very important for me to share my life and team up with the man that I love.




find out more about Jeremy at

http://jeremylucido.tumblr.com


https://www.facebook.com/sfmagazine


https://www.facebook.com/JeremyLucidoPhotography

"New Leather" part one photography by Richard Schemmerer

New leather or
A brief history in disobedience

The Leather Scene used to be the most visible while most of us played in mama's closed. When the AIDS crisis hit they stood up for the rest of us suburban minded gays, they showed their pride in full frontal nudity and public spankings to set an example that we are not born wimps. To be continued ....






























Sunday, January 25, 2015

Interview with Hunter O'Hanian director of the Leslie-Lohman museum



Ingo Swann, Male Love - Not War, n.d., Collage, 11 x 16.5 in. Gift of the Ingo Swann Estate.



Interview with Hunter O'Hanian director of the Leslie Lohman museum


Hi Hunter thanks for doing this


Tell me a bit about your upbringing and background?

I grew up in Warwick, Rhode Island. There were four kids in my family. My dad was a doctor and my mother a housewife who painted. I have been with my partner for 23 years.


What do you love about New York?

It is one of the most amazing places on earth. It truly feels like the center of something very important. You can feel it everyday around you. I love the diversity and richness of everything it has to offer. Every day I learn something new or am challenged in a different way.


If you could be one character from history which would suit you best?

Oscar Wilde


How did you get involved in art?

My mother painted so that was an influence. I started in college. I ended up going to law school and practiced law after college so I did not pursue creative things for about 10 years. But about 20 years ago I started running non-profit artists’ organizations and furthered my own creative talents.


What is Gay Art for you and what is its message?

For me, the most powerful art is that which is embedded with great personal meaning. Within the personal, lies the universal. What makes “gay art” important is that it speaks to a side of the human condition which a large portion of the population, (and most major institutions) has chosen to reject. Because society has tried to repress this perfectly natural human action, it is completely understandable that artists want to make work about it.




James Bidgood, Willow Tree (Bruce Kirkman), mid-1960s, Digital C-print, 19.688 x 15.438 in. Foundation Purchase




When did you start working for the Leslie-Lohman Museum and what is its mission?


I started in October 2012. We preserve, collect and exhibit artwork which speaks to the entire LGBTQ community.


What are your expectations for its future? What is next for you and the museum?

You will see us expand our physical space and increase our audience as we continue to build the Museum.



David Hockney, Two Boys aged 23 or 24 from: Fourteen Poems from C.P. Cavafy, 1966, Etching and aquatint on wove paper, 13.75 x 8.75 in. Foundation purchase with funds provided by Ray Warman and Dan Kiser.



How do see the art community in general in New York gay & otherwise responding to the exhibitions?


For the most part very favorable. There are some in the art world who are still not sure why there needs to be a “gay museum” and perhaps some straight people might think that we do not offer anything for them, but the truth is that we have something here which impacts everyone. We are in a funny place. Some older gay people don’t want to publicly identify as gay because they still fear the stigma. Some younger people think “gay” is old fashioned and think “queer.” In the end, it is all the same.


What is your criteria when you curate a show and how do you come up with a theme?

Our exhibitions are put together by guest curators who develop themes around artwork which speaks to the LGBTQ community. We have an Exhibitions Committee which helps vet those ideas and we work with curators to develop the shows. We try to balance the themes to speak to the broadest audience possible.



Alexander Kargaltsev, Black and White, 2014, Archival digital C-Print print, 19.938 x 29.938 in. Gift of the artist.

What is art in our day and age and how can it be used?

Art is no different today than it was 40,000 years ago. The only thing that is different is that we have many more tools to make it and to share it with others. Not all of the art made today is good, but there is a lot of art around us every day. It feels that we live in a much more creative world. I tend to be less of an art snob and like to support art making by anyone who has a creative inclination. Of course, talent, knowledge of history and skill are always helpful. Art has the possibility of changing our lives, telling stories and inspiring us to live better lives.


As an artist yourself what do see is the value for the individual to express them self artistically and
what kind of art are you creating?


Doing something creative is the most important thing that one can do. In painting, I look to explore major paintings of the 20th century abstract expressionist movement. In photography, I seek to break down some of the stereotypes and shame associated with thing as natural as one's sexual orientation. The work I find the most inspiring is that which is authentic to the maker and which has a sense of history and humor. Also, it is important that it pleases the eye and has a sense of color and composition.


This world seems rather chaotic at times do think art can clarify certain aspects?


Art is a powerful language that has tremendous power.





Luis Carle photographed by Social Diarist at
https://www.facebook.com/Social.Diarist?fref=photo

What is the current show “Art & Aids: Amor y passion” all about?

These are works by artists who deal with HIV and AIDS are participate in the wellness programs at GMHC.


Which are your favorite pieces in the show and why?

I like the work by Robert Gesto because it is so free and speaks of who he was (he recently passed away). There are some amazing pieces we borrowed from the Keith Haring Foundation that many other museums will not show because of the content. I also like the photography of Luis Carl in this exhibition.
What artists have brought most awareness to the AIDS crisis and what can other artist’s learn from them?
Artists can learn that they can use their talent, skill and knowledge to impact the human condition. While pretty pictures may be nice to look at – be it a landscape or a nude - art has the most value when it has a deeper meaning behind it. Many artists in the late 1980s dealt magnificently with the AIDS crisis in very profound ways. In particular, I am moved by the work of Peter Hujar, David Wojnarowicz and Felix Gonzalez-Torres.




Image Credit: Clecio Lira, "African Pietà." 2013. Digital photograph on plexiglass, 50" x 50". Edition 2 of 5


Do you think enough is done in prevention and what can we all do to stop the spread?

I think that the governments can do much more with regard to making HIV medications available to everyone on the planet both from a treatment and prevention standpoint. Trust me: If the principle targets of this disease were rich, white, straight males, things would be very different. Imagine - If we had a generation of people who had easy access to medication, the disease would be virtually eradicated like small pox or polio. I think that major religious, government and medical institutions could do a lot more to remove the stigma associated with HIV. That is what is standing in the way of additional progress.


What are the positive elements we can take from the AIDS epidemic and what lessons need to be confronted?


Challenge the medical community. What ACTUP and Queer Nation taught society is that we can challenge the medical and pharmaceutical community and make progress. Most people do not realize how things have changed as result.



Peter Hujar, Ethyl Eichelberger as Auntie Belle Emme, 1979, Vintage gelatin silver print, 14.563 x 14.625 in. Gift of the Peter Hujar Archives.


What would be your message to the world at this point in time?

Most of the major institutions that exist (religious, government, commercial) are there only to protect the wealthiest and most powerful among us. If people abandoned their loyalty to these institutions and instead invested their creativity and good will in promoting a humanity free of bias and prejudice, this would be a much happier and more peaceful place.


What are you looking forward to every day?

Continuing the fight. It is what keeps me going.



more info at


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/03/leslie-lohman-museum_n_5929100.html


“Art & Aids: Amor y passion”


GMHC in partnership with The Leslie-Lohman
Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art present:


Participating Artists
Frederick Capucci, Luis Carle, CHIKE, Christopher, Vincent D’Arata, eljay, James K. Fackrell, Louis Falcone, Frankie Frank, Marcus K. Garcia, Robert Getso, Charles Gomez, Alston Green, Adrian Guerra, John Hanning, Nat-Hanson, Brian Healey, Charles Hopkinson, James Horner, Darrell Jones, Michael Kornegay, Davide Laffe, Clecio Lira, David Livingston, MAHK, Geary Marcello, Kevin H. Maxwell, Joseph Modica, Rob Ordonez, Joseph P., Gregory Pepe, Osvaldo Perdomo, PMS, Fitzgerald Providence, Harvey Redding, Eric Rhein, Peter J. Robinson, Jr., Alexander Rybinski II, Carmine Santaniello, Shungaboy, Hugo Suarez, Luis Mario Tavales, George Towne, Elton Tucker, Juan E. Villalta


Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
26 Wooster Street, NYC
(between Canal & Grand – closer to Grand)
By Subway: A,C,E,Q,N,R,1,6 to Canal Street

Proceeds from sales go directly to individual artists.
Selected pieces for Silent Auction to benefit GMHC.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Cock Tease part two art exhibit at Cock Gallery, Portland


more info at

http://www.cockgallerypdx.com/



“Cock Tease II”


Nicholas Boxwell, Gregory Carrigan, Walt Cessna, Paul Dahlquist,
Paul Fukui, Trey Holland, Scott LaForce, Scooter LaForge' Joseph Lanker,
Alex Lilly, Marne Lucas, Kayla L Martin, Paul Morris, Alex M Petersen,
Nicholas Rispoli, Richard Schemerer, Theodore Soriano, Tony Whitfield




Art can address issues in a unique way. It can illuminate social injustice, political discrimination, sexual and gender discrimination to name just a few. In this show art tackles many sexual hot button issues from drugs, bare backing, self hatred to death and rebirth.
Gallerist , artist and curator Paul Soriano brought together a cadre of national and international artists to let us have a glimpse into their psyche and to help us gain greater understanding of the diversity that is generally in existence even if society keeps pretending that we are all just vanilla at our core. The truth is that each individual has a spectrum of turn ons and turn offs which don't stay stagnant over a life time but change not according to God but our bodily needs. Transgressive behavior is part of this equation and helps to question ones own standards and that of society at any given time in history. What was once considered deviant has entered the main stream as we lose our fears and understand that sex in its many manifestation is natural.


























































































Death by Sex
or
Rebirth

Wall sculpture by Richard Schemmerer

Cher was singing in a barely there lacy nothing.
Half naked sailors danced to Bronski Beat. Everybody seemed invincible like gay super heroes.
It sounds to be to good to be true. Superfluous cultural behavior enticed a generation to vent their social frustrations sexually in anonymous encounters.
It seemed everyone was faced with a choice to play Russian roulette to have sex and risk death or to become a hermit. If this sounds to much like a bad script for a soap on TV it sadly wasn't. It was my life put on hold as I was just coming out sun bathing naked on a beach in Mykonos in Greece. The News papers had just declared the arrival of a gay plague a wrath of God. The notion was if you don't fuck Americans you are save. I made do with a Canadian living in Grenoble France.

A quick death by sex was looming on the horizon and days later I got notice that the first batch of my friends showed symptoms and died in quick sesession. It hit me hard as I saw sex as a path to liberation and gay sex an act of rebellion against established suppression not just against gays but also in regard to gender politics.
I needed spiritual concepts to help me through this period. Not religious ones as the supposedly Christian credo love thy neighbor didn't seem to apply to gays. Instead I found solace in Hindu and Buddhist traditions with their believe in reincarnation rather than hell.

This piece of art describes an arc from having sex to infection through blood and drugs to decease to supposed cures that also killed to death and finally rebirth of the soul.






The exhibition runs till July 26, 2014.

Cock Gallery is located in the Historic Old Town District at the Everett Station
Lofts.

For more information, please visit our web site at:
www.cockgallerypdx.com

625 NW Everett St. #106
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 552-8686

pdxcockgallery@gmail.com