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JACKROAD: An Artist Blog
I am intending JACKROAD to be a platform
for written and visual essays about art and the artworld as they
intersect with our broader society. Its name is an offshoot of
my first extensive writing project, MILEMARKER,
a collection of essays emanating from a job I had in 1982-87 as
a solo coast-to-coast truck driver for an art shipping company.
Descriptions from those years morphed over time into fiction,
and the results found their way into my various artworks. But
today, surrounded by the internet and social media and the vast
plethora of images from around the globe, I am hoping to reach,
in some substantive way, down into the usual surf of publications
that surround my armchair come morning, and offer you some shell
to which you can hold your ear come night.
July 13, 2013
"I read with great interest."
"You are a good writer."
A look at the subtleties of female vs. male erotic image representation in contemporary art-- a feast and famine, respectively-- not only in museums and galleries, but especially among the pages of the art world's chief ambassadors, the hard-copy magazines. In a broader society where the terms "post-black" and "post feminist" can be considered de rigueur, "homo-erotic" makes questionable assumptions about the viewer and is used to sequester male-themed work into a polite, p.c. and invisible pigeon hole where even gays (and the LGBT community as a whole) start to wonder if we actually exist. Beyond issues of parity, however, the author calls for male-image visibility for the sake of a reality beyond the material, one that is in fact constructed by the brain and nurtured by the images promulgated by artists, and one that helps allow all of us to thus construct our own being. Where IS the beef? We've met him. And he is us.
October 31, 2012
October 15, 2012