“The Erotic Art of Avatar” | 17th February | LA

An exhibition of classic and new works of gay male erotic art presented
at a gala 35th anniversary celebration with food and music.
Hosted by International Mister Leather Ralph Bruneau at
Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica.

35 Years of Sexual Freedom

Avatar Club Los Angeles, a premiere source of BDSM knowledge and fraternity for gay men is providing the public with a rare opportunity to view its stunning collection of erotic art. Artists include: Marc Acuna, Axel, Butch B, Dean Cameron, Oxana Diaz, Leo Garcia, Wim Griffith, Ross Johnston, Michael Kirwan, Doug Melnyk, Windon Newton, Sean Platter, Bruce Rapp, Joe Rodriguez, Don Tingling and more!

WIM GRIFFITH

In an age of visually driven social media, erotic art is an extension of our educational outreach. Avatar knows to remain relevant we need to adapt to the changing needs and challenges of younger generations, while still holding steadfast to our long held values and practices. This historic anniversary marks the beginning of a new chapter in Avatar, and we welcome everyone to share in the celebration.
-Tom Trafelet, Vice President, Avatar

6-10p
TICKETS 

On view through 10th March

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“REXworld” | 23rd February | Antwerp

For the first time ever, Antwerp’s internationally recognized Leather & Fetish Pride at the Darklands festival showcases over 200 images from REX’s incredible career in art. The majority of this art in this retrospective has never been allowed public exhibition due to government censorship and the scourge of political correctness.

To honor his 50th anniversary of producing iconic Homo-erotica for the Gay fetish world, Jeroen van Lievenoogen and his team have honored REX with the largest exhibition of his art ever held. Half of the exhibited art will be located in the REX Arena play area, which REX claims is, “the place where it belongs”. Still more work can be seen at the REX Bar and REX Stand, where art, catalogs, fine art prints, cards and posters offered for purchase.

The objective of REX’WORLD: Back to the Future is to make the “impossible” possible: After a half century of creating iconic fetish art for the gay community, REX images have become ubiquitous around the world as “anonymous art”, that is endlessly copied and circulated on line without permission, payment or credit for decades now. Now in his vintage years, this much censored and ignored artist is to be honored with this rare European exhibit, which highlights five decades of his pioneering contribution to gay history.

The fact they have a hard-on when viewing this material makes them more likely to surrender themselves to these images. Yes, this is pornography – sorry about that – and its purpose is to excite and arose sexually to the point of orgasm. Whether you think you like it or not. After alcohol does its work, all moral or intellectual resistance to this work fades – this work comes “alive” as you’ve never seen it before. Even for myself when viewing it stoned (Did I really draw this?). Sexual situations are its proper setting and purpose. And in this “darkroom area” at Darklands these images being the only available soft light, people will be like sitting-ducks to the power of these images – inescapable – regardless of whether they think they like this stuff or not. Their libidos will decide the issue for them. The Darklands organizers seem very much “on board” but we should keep rubbing their nose in how spectacular this could be if, they are only daring enough to keep thinking “outside the box” in promoting this once-in-a-lifetime show for both: them and myself. I can’t imagine, I will EVER top this presentation we are mounting. I can die a happy – if poor – man after this. And after all, this is about the future and the future is always about the unexpected. -REX

FACEBOOK EVENT

Runs through 25th February

Whether you can attend, or not, please support the crowdfunding effort.

 

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“REINTENTIONS” | 13th January | LA

JOSH PAUL THOMAS
Selected Works

3 Friends, 2016, Archival light jet, 60 x 40 inches (print), Edition of 5

The exhibition shows photographic, drawing, painting, and video work in an immersive atmospheric installation.

Exhibition text by Robert Zin Stark:
“…when we call to mind the past, i.e. a series of deeds done, we always shorten it, without however distorting the nature of the event which interests us. The reason is that we know it already; for the psychic state, when it reaches the end of the progress which constitutes its very existence, becomes a thing which one can picture to oneself all at once. Here we find ourselves in the same position as the astronomer, when he takes in at a glance the orbit which a planet will need several years to traverse.”

From Henri Bergson’s Time and Free Will
Inspired by the power dynamics of the phallus, and being equally responsive to thought as to feeling, Josh Paul Thomas explores the violent and healing inertias of undefinable intention – both intentionally and unintentionally.

We tend to believe that intention is a state of mind, frozen at the time of an event, and a change of feelings towards that event can be inconsequential. We also tend to believe that we are either in a role of master or slave in a sensual act, but our voyeurism of it is incidental. However, in both cases, the feelings we have towards the event, and our observation of the participants, allows for the ability to recreate ‘intention’ and ‘role’.

The photographer is both master and slave to the image, both cerebral and sensuous towards it – controlling the access of voyeurism, but dependent on its subjects. Through the medium of cock, Thomas tempts the exploration of true liberation from power and judgement for participant and observer. The release of defined intention, with regard to both role and act, unleashes generative violence and healing.

This eruption is at the core of our power to create ourselves, like a raging volcano becoming its own island.

Control Cock, 2017, Oil, oil pencil chalk on bristol paper, 19 x 24 inches, Edition of 1

Josh Paul Thomas (b. 1985 Healdsburg, California) 

Working across mediums of installation, video, drawing, painting, performance, and photography, Thomas has focused on the classical male nude in its contemporary context of taboo and objectification over the past decade.

Navigating the tricky divide between counter-culture and commercial-culture, Thomas naturally began a creative relationship with designer Bernhard Willhelm, who over the years has allowed him unadulterated artistic freedom in photographing his collections and muses, such as cultural icons Joe Dallesandro, Tony Ward, and Pamela Anderson. His work has been featured in Vogue, Interview Magazine, Physique Pictorial, Headmaster Magazine, Advocate, and other notable publications.

READ JOSH PAUL THOMAS ON PHALLUS MOTIVATION

Saturday, 7-10p
Through 24th February

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