Queer artist John Waiblinger will open his solo show, “The Beauty of Men: Celebrating Tenderness” March 2, at the Hellada Gallery. In his show, Waiblinger takes pornographic photos and combines them with his own photography and transforms the porn photos into his own expressions of adoration and celebration.
Waiblinger portray a masculinity and that celebrates intimacy and broadens our perceptions of masculinity. In a press release, the artist said, “In a world where masculinity is often framed in terms of hardness and strength, I celebrate softness and vulnerability. I believe it’s crucial to explore the nuances and complexities of being a man. Queer art is essential to such exploration.”
“The Beauty of Men” will run from March 2-16 at Hellada Gallery. The opening reception is Saturday, March 2, 6-9 pm with a closing reception and art talk on the topic of “Masculinity in Art” on Sunday, March 16, 1:30-4:00 pm.
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From the press release:
About John Waiblinger
John Waiblinger resides and works in Hollywood, CA. With 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. He exhibits regularly in Los Angeles galleries and has recently been heavily involved with Long Beach’s OutLoud Queer Arts Festival. Last year he completed a collaborative installation project with fellow artist Sean Yang focused on the “coming out process” at Cerritos College and a solo show at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. He will be a participating artist in this year’s SuperFine! Art Fair in downtown Los Angeles. Waiblinger is a member artist of the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, the Los Angeles Art Association and the Los Angeles Center of Photography.
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