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John Waiblinger

John Waiblinger

Los Angeles, CA

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So, this is my growing body of work around a theme I've been exploring for some time now -- my rather fraught and complicated relationship with gay pornography. I've been re-visioning some of the images I've collected over the years, establishing them in a new context, from a different perspective. All of the men in these images have been collected from 'hard porn'sites and I've re-positioned them, re-imagined them in a different context using my own photographs as the basis for this re-visioning. So each work is a layering and recombination of two very different images. The work is rather emotionally driven. Each of these men or couples has touched me on both an emotional and aesthetic level -- caught my eye (and my heart, so to speak) from a perspective other than raw sexuality, and I strive to communicate that vision in each piece. My thought is to perhaps humanize, respect and admire them from another angle than the context in which they were originally captured. Each of these men exists, after all, outside of the context of pornographic performance. I fully recognize the issues of exploitation and objectification inherent in pornographic images, and I know, firsthand, that I am fully capable of objectifying myself and others, and often times my interaction with pornography has nothing to do with its aesthetic qualities. My engagement with these images encompasses many hours of re-thinking and re-imagining who these men might be and my own sense of relationship with them.
................... Ultimately, I consider it an act of romance..................................

You can also view my work in video around these same themes at:
https://vimeo.com/channels/385960

 

Melancholy Summer 3/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Dreaming Spirals by John Waiblinger

 

Love Struck by John Waiblinger

 

Night Watch - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

A Little Bit of Heaven by John Waiblinger

 

Constellation Gazing - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Id Descending by John Waiblinger

 

Lace by John Waiblinger

 

Bad Boy Series #2 by John Waiblinger

 

The Longing by John Waiblinger

 

Kiss Me Once and then Kiss Me Again by John Waiblinger

 

Rooted -2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Thornbird by John Waiblinger

 

Paris of Plaster - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Golden Boy by John Waiblinger

 

Canvas by John Waiblinger

 

Dream Swan by John Waiblinger

 

Secret of the Golden Flower - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Untitled, but influenced by Warhol - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Your Warm Embrace by John Waiblinger

 

Blue and Yellow Ecstasy by John Waiblinger

 

Splendor in the Grass by John Waiblinger

 

GrassPlay - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Winter Rain - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Absorbed #1 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Willow - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Absorbed #7 by John Waiblinger

 

GrassPlay 2 by John Waiblinger

 

Wind in the Willows by John Waiblinger

 

Enchanted Forest by John Waiblinger

 

Faunus, Bringer of Dreams by John Waiblinger

 

Stephanos by John Waiblinger

 

Forest Fantasy by John Waiblinger

 

Despair - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Seduction 1 by John Waiblinger

 

Portrait of JB - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Seduction 2 by John Waiblinger

 

Seduction 3 by John Waiblinger

 

Wistful Morning by John Waiblinger

 

J'accuse - 2/15 by John Waiblinger

 

Contemplation by John Waiblinger

 

Bamboo Boy by John Waiblinger

 

Absorbed #5 by John Waiblinger

 

In the Woods by John Waiblinger

 

Under the Water by John Waiblinger

 

Absorbed #6 by John Waiblinger

 

Summer Rain - 2/10 by John Waiblinger

 

Absorbed #2 - 2/10 by John Waiblinger