Saturday, July 27, 2013
BLISS ISSUE #27
Art can transcend categorization in that it is ever evolving, it crosses genres and platforms and it is subjective. As technology changes the world, offering new tools for old methods, our perceptions must also change when trying to define what art actually is. Artists like Jay Plogman combine a classic sense of light, shadow and composition when photographing their subjects, utilizing the computer instead of the darkroom to produce the final results. His subjects are often male and often nude which in itself is like a reaffirmation of what started as the norm and then became taboo.
Early art was replete with male representation, from the statue of David to early Greek drawings and paintings, but as the world became more modern, the idea of men as art subjects regressed and suddenly the penis was a taboo visual. Rather than remain out of sight and flaccid, the penis has reemerged in both cable television, film and photographic works and the artists and models in this issue are not afraid to showcase it or tease with it, desensitizing it's appearance so it's less shocking while creating a new acceptable desire to view it and deepen the infamy.
Infamy itself has now become a lamp post in creating the mystique and appeal that leads to recognition and branding. Cover man Brian Nieh has not become a household name yet but he is one of the most recognizable models in cyberspace. BLISS talks with Brian about the new wave of art and fame and what it is like to be a brand.
©2013 - Sean Dibble