ARTIST: MAX COLBY

>>DISCLAIMER: These works contain nudity and imagery of sexual acts<<<

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Artist Statement

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Colby’s recent work speaks to the production and performance of gender through patriarchal masculinity by responding to 20th century American homosexual pornography. Through series of paintings, embroideries and beadings, images and representations are cloaked in garish and opulent florals. Floral designs censor the image and simultaneously expand its reach. The work is a result of rigorous collection and analysis of material.

From Physique Pictorial, an early physique magazine which was published from the 1951-90 to contemporary pornography publications like [2] and Colt, the portrayal and representation of men in relation to their sex differs little. Following popular patriarchal notions of masculinity, these magazines represent a fraction of sex, yet captivate the majority of the market. Performance of homosexual identity through the lens of patriarchy and traditional gender separation produce here a symbiosis.

Floral overlays stir feelings of ignorance and bliss, the image becomes a series of echoes and framings. Beauty and desire serve to captivate the viewer, in a palatable fashion. Consumption and subsequent mimicry are laid out here.

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Untitled, Hand embroidery on [2] magazine photograph, frame, 6 x 9 x 2”, 2017
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Untitled, Hand embroidery on [2] magazine photograph, frame, 7 x 10 x 2”, 2017
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Untitled, Hand embroidery on [2] magazine photograph, frame, 7 x 10 x 2”, 2017
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Untitled (detail), Hand embroidery on [2] magazine photograph, frame, 7 x 10 x 2”, 2017
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Untitled, Glass and plastic beads on [2] magazine photograph, 8 x 10”, 2018
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Untitled, Glass and plastic beads on [2] magazine photograph, 8 x 10”, 2018
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Untitled, Glass and plastic beads on [2] magazine photograph, 8 x 10”, 2018

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Untitled, Hand embroidery on Blue Boy magazine photograph, 6 x 9”, 2017
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Untitled, Gouache on Physique Pictorial magazine photograph, 5 x 8”, 2017
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Untitled (Karl), Gouache on Physique Pictorial magazine photograph, 5 x 8”, 2017

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You can explore Colby’s work further by visiting:

https://www.maxcolby.com/

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All images were kindly supplied by the artist.

Please contact the artist before using them.

Thank you.

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