“Working and living together is both exciting and challenging, and almost impossible at times,” says Slava Mogutin, one half of SUPERM, the ongoing collaboration with Brian Kenny. “BEAUTY & HELL marks eight years of our creative and romantic partnership. After traveling the world together with our work and mounting about a dozen gallery and museum shows in nine countries, we feel fortunate that we’re still able to excite and stimulate each other on so many levels and get our creative juices flowing! “
The exhibition at envoy is divided into two parts. From a twenty-year collection of vintage gay porn comes BEAUTY, a series of twenty-four Skingraph collages created by SUPERM on display at 131 Chrystie Street, running through November 29. The collages, with titles like, “I would so cuddle the fuck out of you,” “This almost didn’t happen,” and “The only veil under a desolate surface,” are made from bodies without heads or genitals drawn from the pages of magazines including Honcho, Torso, Inches, Mandate, and Playguy. The result is a study in patterns of beauty and the aestheticizing of the male form for the male gaze. It is a male as dominant and submissive, of power in all terrain ways….
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