what i’m working on at the moment - maggot kaleidoscopes
"Still: a photographic series" 2014
cropped and edited screenshots from a porn film
A lot of my work tends to be erotic and during a mock interview I was asked by my tutor: “what stops this from being porn?” to which I responded “I don’t really care, it’s all about what the viewer takes from it… if they want to sit in a gallery and wank over my work I think that’s cool”. This series follows the same principle.
The inspiration for the series came from Baldessari’s process of cropping movie stills and bringing them to life through an alternate perspective. I selectively chose a porn movie with a relatively artistic composition in the hope that the final outcomes would easily be mistaken as my own photographic work: following a group crit I was reassured by my peers saying “I thought it was your photos and was like ‘omg’”.
The idea was to illustrate the power of perception and placement. I wanted to re-claim the hidden artistic beauty within the porn industry and provide a different sense of pleasure: hopefully one that lasts longer than 30 seconds.
N.B. A link to my past work and the evident shift in attitude can be seen through this series: I once suggested that Egon Schiele’s erotic work may have stemmed from his mental instability and longing to feel the “void” which is present in ones mind when having an orgasm. Whilst I still find the concept very interesting, I no longer analyse every little detail in life and choose to take any snippet of pleasure as it comes.