John Waiblinger

Solo Exhibition

The Beauty of Men*

Artwalk Preview:
Thursday 10/11 7-9pm

Opening Reception:
Saturday 10/13 6-9pm

Art Talk with Prof. Gregory Mattson
Saturday 10/20 130-3pm

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
104 East 4th Street
Los Angeles Ca 90013

*An Iconography of Desire

 

John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from 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.

The Beauty of Men* (an iconography of desire) is Waiblinger’s first solo show, appropriately taking place at the gallery in which he first showed his work. His work presents men he has appropriated via their pornographic performance and reconstructs then within the realm of his imagination.These images combined with his own photographs portray a masculinity that celebrates softness and intimacy that he believes creates a tension between the normative and the transgressive. Waiblinger states that his intent is “to investigate and illustrate how such juxtaposition can broaden perceptions and understanding of masculinity.”

Waiblinger uses his fixation on the beauty of men to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration.

BIO:
John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60s, first exhibiting his work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in 2014. Since then he has continued to exhibit in galleries and has established a small group of collectors. His most recent work was a collaborative installation project with artist Sean Yang at the Cerritos College Fine Arts Department focused on the “coming out process”. Waiblinger is a member artist of LACDA and was accepted as a member of the Los Angeles Art Association this year.

Bed of Flowers by John Waiblinger
Bed of Flowers by 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.


La Petit Morte by John Waiblinger
La Petit Morte by John Waiblinger

 


Artist Statement
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…