the Art of Re-Envisioning Gay Pornography

He is a figure of awe and mystery
His body is on screen
He is a poet of the loins
A creature with a libido of pure creativity
a being of wax and wane
There is flux, but within this flux there is permanence
The camera petrifies wood into an eternal sculpture
Not driftwood, stagnant and motionless like,
the John of Michelangelo's David,
but sawing wood
Wood in permanent flux...
The wood is a weapon for the chosen few.
Never leaning, it will point heavenward long after
the tower of Pisa has fallen.
He who master the wood will see the world wooed.
The master of wood is the Porn King.
.... Bauvard, The Darkness of Nature

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It is my desire to convey that there is both beauty and interesting bizzareness, issues, and stuff in gay sexuality as reflected in 'our pornography' ... Perhaps the "object" of desire can also be re-envisioned by the heart and mind...

In addition to the work I’ve done with still photography (artbyjohnwaiblinger.com ) I’ve also worked this theme in a number of video projects. My art has grown out of a desire to


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It is my desire to convey that there is both beauty and interesting bizzareness, issues, and stuff in gay sexuality as reflected in 'our pornography' ... Perhaps the "object" of desire can also be re-envisioned by the heart and mind...

In addition to the work I’ve done with still photography (artbyjohnwaiblinger.com ) I’ve also worked this theme in a number of video projects. My art has grown out of a desire to perhaps articulate and experience a new relationship with those pornographic images that cross my screen. In taking an image that strikes an emotional cord with me, and re-envisioning how I see it allows me to move beyond seeing the man (men) in the image as merely an “object” of desire.

Again, the process here is to start with a porn film in which the performer(s) have captured my imagination in a way that extends beyond a simple viewing of the film as porn, a perspective or viewing that extends beyond the “act of sex” and begins with a consideration of how I see the performer(s) from the perspective of a “feeling”. That focus of this viewing is generally a shift from their cocks to their faces, and what intrigues me then is thinking or feeling about who they might be as a person beyond just a sexualized image … which, of course, completely shifts the focus/nature of my viewing of the film. I am then inspired to contextualize them within a different framework, with a desire to communicate the feeling that has been generated within me. It’s a complicated scenario that I’m not sure I’m explaining well.

The process always starts with me “saving” that particular film, because it has struck me, and on some level moved me beyond the simple act of masturbation. I should add that it is only an occasional film that strikes me in this way, but I have a collection of such saved films on my hard drive. It then becomes a matter of hearing a song and thinking about how to combine the porn clip (which I extensively edit) with other footage I have shot or saved. That is generally an intuitive, spontaneous process, that strikes me often times unaware, and motivates me to return to that old, saved footage and rework it into a feeling that’s captured my imagination. So now you know that I walk around with a whole host of porn images in my head just waiting to jell into a project! In my work with these clips, there is actually nothing “sexual” in the process. They subsequently provide me the space to establish an emotional relationship with the performer(s). I spend hours upon hours reflecting on the images and what I want to add to it in terms of feeling and beauty, and might I even add, “love”? … because in spending so much time with these images, I have indeed established an emotional investment and created an internal sense of “feeling” for the individual(s) portrayed, that goes well beyond a simple sense of sexual desire or release.

The act of this “project” for me has also considerably changed how I view pornography, since I am now always looking for that image that I want to take beyond the space of mere masturbatory fantasy, and I am caught in the fact that the viewing is also generating feelings for me. I find that interesting.

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