Portfolio > Portraits of Men in Public Spaces

My artwork extends itself from an internal investigation of memories, male role models and the location of men in both urban and rural spaces that influenced how I perceived what it means to be a man. Through photographic portraiture I have attempted to catalogue the locations where I witnessed these men (together) in working-class, cultural and queer groups. By merging these sites of contention I am attempting to recreate the ongoing tension between my desires in men as a queer man of color and the vulnerabilities within my identity developed by these early constructions of masculinity.

As a young boy I quickly became aware of gay cruising parks and locations in and around urban centers where family gatherings and picnics were taking place. Through portraits of men in local forest preserves and parks, I am isolating the individual from the group, focusing on each person’s identity within a recreated location and moment in order to reconstruct conflicting relationships and overlapping layers of masculinity and sexuality, class and ethnicity, hidden and visible spaces.

2014

"Darrick, Jackson Park - Chicago, IL"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15x20 on 18x24 ground
2011
$150
"Herman, Possum Hollow Woods - La Grange, IL"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
$150
"Jaime, Possum Hollow Woods – La Grange, IL"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
$150
"Enrique, Possum Hollow Woods - La Grange, IL"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
$150
"Charly, Possum Hollow Woods - La Grange, IL"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
"Dad in American Suspenders, Westside – Kansas City, MO"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
$150
"Michael, Westside – Kansas City, MO"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2010
$150
"Venancio, Westside – Kansas City, MO"
archival inkjet print on acid-free, alpha-cellulose art paper
15 x 20 on 18 x 24 ground
2009
$150