“Beefcakes and Boundaries” – 10/28 – LA

BRUCE OF LOS ANGELES

BEEFCAKES AND BOUNDARIES: THE ART OF BRUCE BELLAS

In the same pioneering spirit as many others who have packed their bags and headed west, Photographer Bruce Bellas, or Bruce of Los Angeles as he came to be known, arrived in California in 1946 and immediately began challenging the norms of acceptable society. With post-war conservatism growing, Bruce of Los Angeles photographed Muscle Beach’s most beautiful male bodies and published an extensive body of homoerotic work during a time when institutionalized homophobia was the norm. His pin-up images of the male physique pressed the boundaries between art and obscenity. Having influenced contemporary photographers such as Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber, and Herb Ritts, Bruce of Los Angeles is regarded as a “creative force in the establishment of the modern homosexual identity.”

This exhibition will showcase a collection of “The Male Figure” the physique magazine Bruce of Los Angeles published himself and original prints of the his extensive body of work as well as exhibit the work of contemporary artists who’ve found inspiration in the classic style and boundary breaking approach that mark the contribution Bruce of Los Angeles made to art as we know it today.

Opening Reception: Friday, October 28 ยท 7:00pm – 11:00pm

CONTRIBUTING CONTEMPORARY WORK BY:

Austin Young
Lindsay Scoggins
David Tamargo
PRVTDNCR
Bodega Vendetta
Leo Herrera
Daniel Trese
John Parot
Jesse Finley Reed
Margie Schnibbe
Ariel Dunitz Johnson
Orlando Tirado
Johnny Coleman
John Arsenault
Miguel Angel Reyes
Ian O’Phelan
Adrian Gilliland
Jasten King
Juanita More!
Kyle Sweet
Ellen Schinderman

Pop tART Gallery Los Angeles

3023 West 6th Street
Los Angeles, California

Bruce of LA biography