Male Beauty and Queer Sensibility from John Waiblinger
Identifying himself as a Queer Artist, John Waiblinger creates art images that celebrate male beauty. He came to his practice in middle age when he realized that digital tools offered him the chance to translate his ideas into reality. John’s series, “Journey”, will be on view in “Window Dressing” at Cerritos College Art Gallery March 19-26, with an opening reception Monday, March 19, 4-6 pm.
These images are reflective of my growing body of work around a theme I’ve been exploring for some time now … my own relationship with male beauty, eroticism and romanticizing a Queer sensibility. I’ve been re-visioning some of the images I’ve collected over the years, establishing them in a new context, from a different perspective. Many of the men in these images have been collected from ‘hard porn’ sites and I’ve re-positioned them, re-imagined them in a different context, merging them with my own photographs as the basis for this re-visioning. So each work is a layering and recombination of two very different images.
The work is rather emotionally driven. Each of these men or couples has touched me on both an emotional and aesthetic level – caught my eye (and my “heart” so to speak) from a perspective other than raw sexuality, and I strive to communicate that vision in each piece. My thought is to perhaps humanize, respect and admire them from another angle than the context in which they were originally captured. Each of these men exists, after all, outside of the context of pornographic performance. My engagement with these images encompasses many hours of re-thinking and re-imagining who these men might be and my own sense of relationship with them.
Ultimately, I consider it an act of romance…