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… 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

"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

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

“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

“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

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

For more information, please visit our web site at:

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

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Cock Tease interview with Paul Soriano

"Sex by Death" assemblage by Richard Schemmerer
on view at Cock Gallery

more info at

Cock Gallery is pleased to announce a group show featuring Artist’s whose work
is the very definition of “transgressive”. A select group of works from Artists’ in
Portland, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Butte curated by Cock Gallery
Director Paul Soriano giving a voice to the perverse, provocative and sublime.

“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

The exhibition runs till July 26, 2014.

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

For more information, please visit our web site at:

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

Interview with Paul Soriano

How has your experience been since you opened your gallery and how has Cock gallery evolved since its inception?

In all the important ways I’m still processing this experience. Of course, the experience of running a gallery has greatly informed my work as an artist; in that respect it’s been priceless. Much like a church, my religion is the artists that come together around the gallery. The gallery isn’t anything more than an empty room. It’s the community that gives it purpose, gives it life and thus is always evolving.

What does Art mean to you and what is it supposed to mean to the world?

Art has as many meanings as there are people. It’s a way to discover your world and to journey within. Apart from our personal relationship to all things creative, art is artifact, documentation, history & dust.

What do you consider commercial artwork and what is its merit?

Since making art requires consumption of materiel and consumption to support the artist, it can be said all art derives from commerce in some way. The question is one each artist will answer for themselves.

What do you conceive as perverse in art and life?

Oh dear, long list here… Fifty years of failed public policy on drugs, education and health care. We treat corporations like they are people. A group of twenty-five major US corporations made more than 183 Billion in profits yet paid no income tax and were subsidized in the hundreds of millions. A world where the resources are enough to feed and shelter everyone and yet people starve. The suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The extra judicial assassinations of US citizens abroad without trial. Jails are the new growth business. We are strip-mining Afghanistan for precious metals needed for military applications while we protect drug lords that grow heroin for the world. We consume too much and are out of balance with our environment.

We have Men who can’t hold their peace,

Women who can’t hold their tongues,

The poor are seduced by the rich,

The old are seduced by the young.

Bob Dylan

How important is parental support for an artist?

Primary socialization used to be the main focus of the family with the help of schools, churches and military institutions. In a modern life where both parents are out of the home to earn enough to survive and a movement away from religion, socialization has been left to an underfunded education system that was never designed to function in this way. TV is now the way most kids are socialized. If we accept that modern life has changed us then let’s fund a mechanism to socialize our children around art and life.

Who are your current inspirations?

Robert Richards, an artist and curator whose recent exhibition Stroke at the Leslie Lohman Museum was inspired big “I” (and what a natty dresser, tres bon), Anthony Viti, an artist from NYC who remains unrepentant despite what it may cost him, my oracle. (thank you for that)

What role do you see yourself inhabiting in the physical world?

Provocateur. Artist. Sexy motherfucker.

What is your spiritual life grounded in and how did it come into being?

I once decided I’d write the manifesto of my life experience feeling like life made sense. At the same time I began reading the works of the Dalai Lama and realized my manifesto had already been written. Since then I’ve come to understand the ideas I’ve held for so long are part of the awakening of the greater Buddha mind I see everywhere.

Homosexuality is what to you?

Just a word.

What is transgressive and what is its importance slash relevance? trans·gres·sive (trns-grsv, trnz-) adj.

1. Exceeding a limit or boundary, especially of social acceptability.

2. Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violates socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy.

What do you consider sublime?

My list of the sublime is as long as the perversities, a well crafted Rhone style red, sweet breads, Diesel Jeans, Picasso, Vancouver BC, the green chairs on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, Death in the Afternoon (the cocktail), Marne Lucas…

Death and sex how do they relate?

It’s no accident that orgasms are referred to as “La Petite Mort”

Sexuality is one of the main subjects in your exhibits can you elaborate?

The mission of the gallery is to showcase the provocative and transgressive, thus sexuality is prominent in the work I chose for this show. Given the importance sexuality plays in our cultural heritage, it’s surprising to me more sexually explicit work isn’t shown.

Has masculinity changed in the gay community?

Masculinity has changed in the broader culture in more dramatic ways than we see in the gay community. More and more, who you fuck has little to do with how you present.

What is the new media stereotype for queers?

I’m not very up to date with much in the mainstream media, are we still calling each other queers?

What would you like to accomplish and have others to take away from this new show?

This new exhibition was an opportunity to curate works from the artist’s that have come together around Cock Gallery in a way that shows their talent. They are seminal works that represent the mature style of amazing artists that risk so much to tell an important story. In a time of universal deceit, the truth is revolutionary.

What curatorial perspective unites the artists and can you give me a couple of examples of the artists and their work and how they inform your choice?

For this show, I am the center of the wheel. I’ve asked the artist for works that express the transgressive as they see it. What is very interesting to me is how the artist interpreted this.

Has Art become pornography and vice versa?

They’ve always been one in the same and still are. This is not a pipe!

Do you have a relationship to nature and what does the term inspire in you?

On a quantum level we are all the same thing. I don’t view man and nature as separate. It’s an awareness of this connectivity that makes it all easy.

The Title of the show is Cock Tease II. What is a cock teaser in your book and how does the show relate to the title?

In December of last year I had a few weeks without a show up. Since I live in this space I wanted to put work up. I went into the flat-files to find works that artist had left with me but had not been shown. Works I considered with a critical eye. Cock Tease 1 was very well received so I’m at it again.

What projects are you planning after this one?

This question has had me thinking for a few days now. The Summer/fall lineup of shows is worked out. Pony Bronn a talented young photographer and Director from San Francisco is coming in August and in September I’ll have New York artist Tony Whitfield show work that began as a discussion around race and how race relations are expressed in our community. New York is represented again in October with 90’s bad boys turned superstars, Walt Cessna and Scooter LaForge. (when Walt asked if he could bomb my place I had to think it through in a post nine eleven way. lol) Walt has a new book out “Fukt2” which I’m reading right now. October brings us the mercurial Paul Morris of Treasure Island Media notoriety whose photographs taken in studio truly define the word sublime…..and it just keeps getting better.

The 2015 calendar is already filled and will be the end of Cock Gallery for better or worse (I think, lol). I have a nascent project that I’ve been envisioning around politics and social change. The commonality around all of this, the art and community is change and I am an agent of change

Friday, April 25, 2014

Interview with artist Chuck Bloom by Richard Schemmerer

Interview with artist Chuck Bloom

What did disappoint and surprise you about life so far?

So far in this life I have been surprised and disappointed numerous times by different things. I am disappointed by how one sided and selfish many humanitarian acts seem to be. I am disappointed and frustrated at the disparity between social classes. I am both surprised and disappointed that with all of our medical advances and modern technology that we do not have a cure for AIDS or cancer.

I am overwhelmingly disappointed in our lack of commitment to climate change as a global population. I am surprised at how society can manage simultaneously to be so forward thinking and modernist on some issues, but backwards and ignorant on others. However, I am surprised and proud that people who seemingly have the least ability to give help are often the ones that contribute the most. This gives me hope.

Are you comfortable with the word artist and what does that word mean?

I use the word artist to describe myself, but here so many different types of artists and so many things being described as artistic that it seems to be a generic heading which is little more than a label and I don’t like labels. I suppose they serve a purpose though.

How would you describe your painting style and how did you develop it?

My current painting style is inspired by the classic Surrealists of the 1920s and 30s with a modernist view of climate change, social breakdown and neglect. I consider myself a Surrealist because the process of how and why I paint is very connected to the Surrealist notions of a "spontaneous method of irrational knowledge based on the critical and systematic objectivity of the associations and interpretations of delirious phenomena." (Dali/Breton)

You have been on a sturdy path climbing the art ladder. What are your expectations for the future?

I have been climbing the art ladder for many years. I try not to have too many expectations and to be pleasantly surprised along the way, but I do expect to be more recognized as time moves forward. I have an immense body of work and I will be publishing a book this summer that collects some of paintings together. I also expect to show in some larger cities more regularly and travel as well.

You are Portland based. How do you fit into the art landscape there and wouldn’t New York or LA be a better place?

I think I am fairly well known in the art landscape of Portland, but as far as fitting in, I’m not so sure that I do. Most of the Surrealist painting that you see is very Pop Surrealism, which I have no desire to do. In am really tired of big-eyed, scary, baby dolls with lollipops and pink bunnies, but this is a very popular and lucrative was to be an artist, so what do I know.
I’m almost certain that being in larger city, like New York or L.A. would be exceedingly beneficial, but I don’t have an “in” at the moment or even the ability to physically go there and see for myself. Change is coming though.

Which type of erotic imagery inspires you to draw?

As far as what type of erotic imagery influences me most I would have to see erotic art this primarily don white and black, charcoal line drawings, and a lot of early vintage erotic photography.

Who are other artists that have influenced you?

Numerous artists have influenced my work. I mentioned Yves Tanguy, Remedios Varo, and Kay Sage earlier as far as Surrealism goes. My favorite Abstract Expressionists are Mark Rothko and Franz Kline. As far as erotic art goes there is one pair of artists that were very active Surrealists, but also highly erotic and some would deem their work pornographic in nature; there are Jindřich Štyrsk’y and Toyen. There is also something about the line drawings of Hans Bellmer that I find fiercely disturbing and uncomfortably erotic.

What can the male figure teach us?

The male body in all its forms is a beautiful subject matter for art. I think that it is under appreciated and seen more often as obscene, than a female nude. I think the male figure can teach us about masculinity, strength, humiliation and weakness, as well as fragility and beauty.

How has the role of men in contemporary times changed?

I think the major aspect of how the role of men in contemporary times has changed is in regard to “manliness.” It seems to be more acceptable now for man to be expressive, to show emotions and embrace more of what has been labeled the “feminine side.” Men are more universally fashion conscious, thanks to those metrosexuals and modern concepts like bromances which have flooded our media. Ideas of male bonding have been changed.

How important is physical appearance in the gay community?

I would like to believe that physical appearance in the gay community doesn’t matter as much as it does, but I would be kidding myself. I that for the majority of the younger gay male population it ranks right up there with where to be seen, who to be seen with, and what to be seen wearing. I think that importance seems to breakdown the older you get and even more so if you are in a committed relationship because other thinks become priorities, but I can only speak from my own experiences thus far and of course there are always the exceptions.

Your erotic art depicts very hot guys in sexually explicit poses. Are we as a gay community too obsessed with the body?

Most of my early erotic art was very sexually explicit with hot guys. I have seen a lot of erotic art shows over the years and I have always been disappointed by them. I rarely encounter work that really had an erotic charge to it. Most of it did and still feels very safe and overly intellectualized. There is a blatant obsession with the body in the gay culture, but I don’t think any more so than with straight men or women for that matter.

Are you a romantic?

Yes, I think so, but a tragic and hopeless romantic. We will see if my husband agrees.

How important is the support of the gay community to you and what are your hopes in that regard for the future?

The support of the gay community is important to me and I try to be involved as my time permits. I’ve always been amazed by how few gay artists I know. I am certain there must be more in Portland, but I have only met a handful of them. All of whom are amazing. I suppose my hope would be to meet more gay artists and develop friendships and do exhibitions together.

What does intimacy mean to you?

I think being intimate with someone is one of profound importance to the human soul. Intimacy to me is being close to someone so significant in your life that you both feel complete, understood and safe.

What makes a painting erotic versus pornographic or does it matter?

I have always been at odds with most people on this issue. This definition of erotic is “of, relating to, or tending to arouse desire or excitement.” I have always contended that erotic art can be pornographic in nature and pornographic depictions can be high art with exceptional artistic quality and integrity. I really get tired of these back and forth arguments and I don’t think it matters. I have seen purely abstract paintings at erotic shows that don’t give off any erotic sentiment what-so-ever.
It’s simply a matter of artists over-intellectualizing the definition of eroticism. The presence of an aroused nude male or blatant intercourse is depicted does not automatically make a work of art pornographic. There are early gay porno films and blue movies in film museums and even our own Portland Art Museum has two drawings by Tom of Finland, though these are more suggestive than explicit, which can be highly erotic. Robert Mapplethorpe’s work was over the top erotic and sexually explicit, but I’ve never considered it pornographic.

What is the underlying sentiment in your drawings?

When I do an erotic drawing I am looking first and foremost for good design elements. Light and shadow, line weight, space relationships, as well as positive and negative space. I look at how forms interact with each other. I simply chose erotic imagery that is visually interesting from an artistic stand point and sexually charged from a personal view point. On another level I like to explore what is deemed acceptable vis-à-vis the whole erotic versus pornographic melodrama.

What is the masculine ideal in the 21st Century?

I think the masculine ideal of the twenty-first century is redefining itself. The entire concepts of masculinity and femininity are becoming less distinct and more neutral. The age old models of a masculine, gun toting, tobacco spitting cowboy are . Now the cowboys can grow a flower garden, cook dinner with fresh herbs and collect Depression glass. It is all relative. I think it is good. Old archetypes of masculinity need to be reevaluated.

What would you change about your life if you could?

I would travel a lot more. I would go everywhere; different cities, different states, different countries, and even different periods in history and planets if that were possible.

Everybody talks about a paradigm shift. Do you see any time in history that resembles our times of change?

I do see a paradigm shift currently in regards to LGBT rights in the recent court decisions at the state, federal and Supreme Court level regarding gay marriage and other issues. This is hugely significant and comparable to Loving vs. the State of Virginia and similar civil rights cases. It is a very special thing to be part of and this is a major paradigm shift.

What is next for you on the Art Horizon?

Taking that very intimidating leap of faith and leaving my day job to focus 100% on my art again. It will be a challenge financially, leaving the comfort of a guaranteed paycheck, but I think the timing is right.

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