John Waiblinger shows The Beauty of Men at Hellada in Long Beach opening March 3

John Waiblinger shows The Beauty of Men at Hellada in Long Beach opening March 3

John Waiblinger
A solo exhbition
The Beauty of Men

johnwaiblingerart.com

March 2 – 16, 2019
Opening reception March 2, 6-9 pm

Closing reception and Artist Talk
March 16, 1:30-4pm

Hellada Gallery
117 Linden Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
hellada.us

(Los Angeles) — Los Angeles-based queer artist John Waibliner’s solo show opening at Hellada Gallery on Saturday March 2nd, breathes romance and intimacy into hardened images of pornography. The Beauty of Men: Celebrating Tenderness features images gathered from the artist’s personal collection and online gay porn sites and re-purposes them into softer, floral images that show men in an entirely different light.

Waiblinger reconstructs found images and combines them with his own photography to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration. The images portray a masculinity that celebrates intimacy and creates tension between the normative and the transgressive, investigating and broadening our perceptions of masculinity.

“It’s not often that men are seen in this kind of soft and tender manner,” says Waiblinger. “I think it’s important to express that each and every one of these men is a sex worker. This is my way of honoring them and the joy they have given to me as an individual, and to say that they are something more than an object. That beauty is something that I want to share with the world.”

The Beauty of Men will run from March 2-16 at Hellada Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, March 2, 6-9 PM with a closing reception and art talk on the topic of “Masculinity in Art” on Sunday, March 16, 1:30-4:00 pm.

About John Waiblinger
John Waiblinger resides and works in Hollywood, CA. With an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60’s first exhibiting work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts. He exhibits regularly in Los Angeles galleries and has recently been heavily involved with Long Beach’s OutLoud Queer Arts Festival. Last year he completed a collaborative installation project with fellow artist Sean Yang focused on the “coming out process” at Cerritos College and a solo show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. He will be a participating artist in this year’s SuperFine! Art Fair in downtown Los Angeles. Waiblinger is a member artist of the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art and the Los Angeles Art Association.

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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