A Masculine Circus
This work serves as the beginning of a wider project with the intention of showcasing a spectrum of masculinity and bringing representation to men divergent from the traditional masculine ideal. Commercialising these divergent masculinities and creating editorial pieces allows for greater representation through the likes of advertising. Playing with contrasts, mirroring that of masculinity and femininity, with the use of fertile colours meeting neutral tones, soft dream-like settings opposing brutalist urban structures, sensual, almost contrappostic posing, reminiscent of Greek statues set against linear environments. A theme of consent surrounds the work. Audiences are given consent to gaze upon these men. The exposed stomach, soft skin, piercing eyes and sexual posing alluding to a lasciviousness not commonly seen in traditional masculinity.
Olivia Barrass • Gary Harfield • Mike Henson • Katie Jukes • Amy Plumbridge • Courteney Simpson • Emma Temple • Nathan Thackray • Sam Westgarth •