A STRAIGHT MAN AS MODEL

STUDY OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN TWO PARTICIPATING MEN

anonymous straight man

Diego no.2

28cm x 38cm

Charcoal & Indian ink on paper

sold

in the last few years Felipe has focused on the interpretation and exploration of the form through the use of his own body. however,  in this recent ongoing collection, Felipe for the first time invites unknown 'straight' men to create gentle charcoal drawings darkened with bold geometric lines of indian ink.

 

in these scenes where reality looks to occur only  inside empty rooms,

the artist places male bodies as the main subject to interact and

respond to their location. He feels inspired by the dynamic between

'the queer artist' as the voyeur, and the straight model portraying

the exhibitionist. 

unrestrained by the complexity of his usual more realistic,  shaded technique, the drawings reveal an experimental side of composition, whereby he imagines minimal walls and perspectives, free from the idea of an actual place. the semi nude subjects, either one or two, feel almost aroused by feeling exposed, as if they want to be treated as escorts or models posing in a glass box, both of which are for gay men to admire.  

The artist has chosen to keep the identity anonymous in each work, and with this comes an exchange of power that you can feel translated in the works. Specially as they start to be purchased by primarily gay men or women, their nude body is almost paraded and abused through gazes of the public eye.

anonymous straight man

Diego no.3

28cm x 38cm

Charcoal & Indian ink on paper

sold

the artist created over a dozen 28x38cm works as part of his initial series of this collection. All of which have been acquired by collectors around the world. 

anonymous straight man

Diego no.1

28cm x 38cm

Charcoal & Indian ink on paper

sold

WE CHOOSE TO MAKE THEM REAL

CONTINUED EXPLORATION OF A STRAIGHT MAN AS A MODEL

after half a year since the beginning of the collection, the artist welcomes back one model who slowly became the main participant in the initial series. felipe opens the narrative and reveals an intent of disturbance in the white wall world he has created, suddenly the model is no longer passive. their surroundings are affected and disturbed as these men force themselves into the spotlight.  

He titled this second series 'we choose to make them real' because he can feel the missing tactile void within the figures.  in comparison to the shaded paintings, these men seem almost false, the queer artist is somehow unable to validate their existence so these straight men become untouchable, precious yet still admired.