"In the past few years, I’ve been working with a Raymond Pettibon drawing, a square of bright, lifesize male genitals, to create portraits of a wide variety of men—filmmakers, poets, musicians, artists, curators, even an academic or two. The work in Tagged investigates masculinity and reveals it to be primarily a product of overdetermination, something socially constructed as important but in practice, maybe not so much. My models are showing it off, forgetting about it, mangling or distorting it, leaving it behind in the shower, upset about it, dreaming without it; the pictures are variously bleak, comic, angsty, charming, surrealist, and community-oriented. The project is both a diary of my life from month to month, of the men I can talk out of their pants, and a memoir of my life as a gay male subject driven by his genitals’ commands, and now in middle age I wonder why and how all of this occurred."
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Kevin Killian, one of the original “New Narrative” writers, lives in San Francisco with his wife, the writer Dodie Bellamy. His most recent book is Tagged: Variations on a Theme (GR/TR), introduction by Rob Halpern, a selection of Killian’s color photographs of writers, artists, poets, musicians, filmmakers, students, all guys, most of them naked or nearly so, an investigation of masculinity and its play of overdetermined signs.Interested in consigning works by Kevin Killian? Learn more »
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