Peaking into Transcendence: the Human Form and Sexuality
The Peaking series is an autobiographical exploration, chronicling my journey of coming of age as a gay queer man. These pieces serve as a celebration of sexuality, navigating the challenging path of overcoming repression and shame ingrained during my formative years. Through the lens of a kaleidoscope, the series playfully delves into the male form and sexuality, presenting circular photographs that evoke the aesthetic essence of glorified mandalas in both form and visual composition.
A dichotomy unfolds within the series, inviting the viewer to grapple with a simultaneous allure and repulsion, creating a liminal space where the integration of lost innocence and naïveté. The duality of the work strategically places the viewer in a state of tension, caught between the realms of visual and psychological stimuli.
Beneath the layers of fractured hues and shapes, the human form is reimagined and contorted, revealing sexually ambiguous organic forms that confront the viewer. The playful arrangements oscillate between dominance and submission, embodying both phallic and vulva-like compositions. These intimate and intricate juxtapositions prompt a reflection on the complex interplay of desire and vulnerability.
“A visual symphony that challenges preconceived notions and stimulates a dialogue on the fluidity of identity and desire”
The origin of these provocative photographs lies in the use of images and videos sourced from vintage gay pornography. Through a meticulous process of compositing images and rearranging color gels, I transform these raw materials into kaleidoscopic images that transcend their origins. The result is a visual symphony that challenges preconceived notions and stimulates a dialogue on the fluidity of identity and desire.
Ultimately, the Peaking series is open to interpretation; what one sees may not align with another’s perception. The beauty of this work lies in the creation of a dialogue and a language that transcends through art—inviting viewers to muse, to move, and to engage in a profound exploration of the intricacies of human sexuality and identity.