Category Archives: Collecting

Shop Sears…really! Young painter Justin Sears cool quirky big art on wood.

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Originally from California, 24-year old Justin Sears lives in NYC now. He does fairly large-scale realistic illustrative pieces on wood. No color splash, here, and no wall-to-wall paint. The narrow color range is all in the foreground, while the wood supports provide all the negative space. Subject matter is men, myth, masculinity with a distinctly surreal edge. His big portraits, like this one of a hot ash dude, are fairly strait-forward, while his historical and re-workings of classic themes bring most of the twists. He describes his work as a “masculine mix of industrialized pop art on organic surfaces.” See more at his website. Oh, he designs leather clothing, too. Cool!

Hey, Daddy…nice shirt!

 

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Hey, Daddy! Ink to the People does crowdsourced fundraising with produced-to-order t-shirts. Design a shirt, select a sales target and date, and promote. The more you do, the higher the percentage that goes to the cause. Cool.

This one honors the life of “Daddy” Alan Selby, aka Mr. S. and “The Mayor of Folsom Street” An exhibit based on his life will be held in the Summer of 2014 at The Center for Sex and Culture in San Francisco. A book based on auto/biographical material will be published in December, 2014. In the spring of 2015, the archive of historical materials from his life and work will travel to the Leather Archives and Museum in Chicago, where it will be permanently housed. This fundraising souvenir t-shirt is supporting The Mayor of Folsom Street project. These shirts cost $20 each, come in assorted sizes, are made in the U.S.A. Order here.

Safe Sex Bang!

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Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.

These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.

The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.

Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.

CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 8 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.

- See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/#sthash.W72ZWNqo.dpuf

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Or the Stick…

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Friendly!

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To commemorate a 1935 alliance between Argentina and Brazil…

CSC to publish Buzz Bense Safe Sex Poster Collection

SF AIDS Foundation

SF AIDS Foundation

Center for Sex and Culture’s Exhibition Catalog of Safer Sex Posters

The Center for Sex and Culture, located in San Francisco, is publishing an art exhibition catalog on our safer sex poster collection in conjunction with an exhibition displaying these posters at our gallery. The 2-month exhibition opens on November 8, 2013.

Buzz Bense, sex activist and graphic designer, donated over 150 unique posters to CSC last year. Bense has collected and produced safer-sex posters aimed at members of the LGBTQ community since the mid-1980s. Circulated at a time when the community was particularly hard-hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, these posters comprise a striking aesthetic collection of graphically innovative design that explicitly visualizes homosexuality, diverse LGBTQ communities and safer-sex activism.

SF AIDS Foundation

SF AIDS Foundation

Because of the cultural and historical significance of the posters, we are inspired to share these images and their story with people in the Bay Area and beyond. It is easy to forget details of recent history, especially when related to sexual history because it is less likely to be preserved. This project aims to preserve and share some of what might easily be lost. The book will contain over 20 color reproductions of posters, an introduction by CSC’s executive director, Dr. Carol Queen, and an essay by the New York based art historian and curator, Alex Fialho, and an interview between Buzz and Alex about the history of the collection. Alex has spent time in San Francisco and New York researching and interviewing the people who created these posters as activists, artists, community organizers, members of health organizations and independent graphics designers.

The collection consists of posters, primarily from San Francisco, but also encompasses other cities throughout the United States. It also includes international representations from Australia, Germany, Denmark, and Canada. This historical archive presents the visual means through which LGBTQ people passed on life saving information about safer-sex practices during the height of a health epidemic that continues to affect us today.

We are confident the exhibition and book will function as both an art historical survey of the importance of this collection of aesthetically beautiful and functionally informative posters as well as an educational endeavor engaging the LGBTQ community and beyond.

Brothers Network, SF

Brothers Network, SF

These posters do more than chart the tragedy of an epidemic, of an outsider community reeling from grief, loss, and the decimation of a blooming culture of sexual liberation. The history of these posters is a story of a fight against stigma, hatred and ignorance; of a community stepping up to take care of its own; of finding a way to extinguish fear and build pride and self-esteem; and of devoted efforts of committed activists to communicate a path to health and survival. -Buzz Bense

Please help FUND this worthy project – the inaugural book of CSC, and one we hope will be the first of many. Kickstarter campaign HERE.

Morris Taylor Art! Sexual Energy and Power at the Center for Sex and Culture.

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Hot Morris Art! Folsom kinky art reception! Friday, September 27th from 5 – 8 pm. At the Center for Sex and Culture at 1349 Mission Street in San Francisco. Drop in early before the evening’s other activities.

Morris Taylor’s exhibit, Sexual Energy and Power features twenty-five watercolors. Through realism and abstract styles the painter calls attention to outward manifestations of the inner sexual drive. Dominance and submission is a thread that unifies the subject matter.

The strokes are designed to draw the viewer to the unique beauty and ageless nature of the human body. Dark and light forces lurk inside the psyche that needs overt expressions of dignity and safety

About Morris: During the past fifteen years Morris Taylor has had 15 one-person shows at venues such as Grace Cathedral, Magnet in the Castro, Club Eros Gallery, and the Citadel. As Master Morris, he participates fully in the leather scene frequently giving workshops and demonstrations. He currently holds the title, International Master 2013.

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finding wonderland in the middlelands

Awhile back, I took photos of the queerest little shop here in KCMO, own and operated by the queerest couple I know born and bred in the area. They are delightful, and so is their shop.

welcome to wonderland, new and improved.

Enjoy! From your KC ‘mo, Gryphon

Do You Give a Flying Flock?

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Series by JoJo Mendoco
Opening Reception July 5th, 2013. 7 – 10pm
Closing Reception: August 30, 2013. 7 – 10pm
At The Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission Street, San Francisco, California.
In the exhibit “Doing Your Dirty Work: A Sampler of Contemporary Art about Sex”

Do You Give a Flying Fuck?
Well, do you? And should you?
What matters to any of us and why?

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Images of flying penises decorate High School boys’ rooms across the globe. Anthropomorphic phalluses also appear in the sacred and secular imagery of many cultures and have been among the most historically wide-spread cross-cultural icons. Even cave-men drew hard dicks.

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Obviously sexually provocative in its intent, D.Y.G.A.F.F.? also jabs at contemporary society, culture and politics. Drawing literally and figuratively on the detritus of post-industrial consumerism, the images of the “flying fucks” are placed on U.S.P.S. stickers, paint chips, postcards, bar coasters, linoleum samples and other throw-away surfaces. Images from the series also show up once in a while in certain public mens’ rooms, when the artist makes a rare foray from his Mendocino County mountain sanctuary.

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Stylistically, JoJo Mendoco draws on the history of homoerotic artists such as Etienne, Tom of Finland, the Hun, Mike Caffee, Chuck Arnett, etc as well as being influenced by Cartoons, Yaoi Bara Manga and Pop, Dada, Surrealist and Street Art traditions. His work always includes words as well as drawings, and often incorporates collage and photography on a variety of found surfaces.

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JoJo Mendoco was born September 11, 1991, one of a pair of identical twin boys, to expatriate drop-out hippie academics. Their mother was a botanist and their father a computer scientist. He and his brother Leo grew up on a marijuana farming compund on Spyrock, in the mountains of Mendocino County. The pivotal event of his childhood happened on his 10th birthday, when his family was visiting NYC. His parents and his brother perished at Ground Zero, and he was left scarred and with ongoing physical and psychological issues. Twelve years later, he seldom leaves the sanctuary of the family’s mountain enclave, only emerging for night-time forays to the City to draw things on walls and fuck things under the bridges and freeway ramps.

Group Exhibits:
2013​ Doing Your Dirty Work: A Sampler of Contemporary Art about Sex
​At The Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA
2012​ Tough Love: A Half-Century of Masculine Homoerotic ​Imagery from the San Francisco Bay Area.
​At The Center for Sex and Culture, San Francisco, CA

Selected Private Collections:
Mike Caffee, Peter Fiske, C. Jacob Hale, Dave Grappone, Terri Gillentine, Jeremy Novy, Gene Rigler and Chris Murray and J.a.M. Tackitt-Jones.

Rub My Duckie…

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Sight seen in pal of this site Mario T’s bathroom. Quacky! Thanks, Mario…