From this Referral task it has really challenged me to push myself with my research and the importance of research in order to back up an idea. I do know that it is essential to have research but from my learning and academic side it has been dominated by other parts of my brain. As well as this from my dyslexia I have found reading very difficult, Somehow I managed not to get the grade for English literature at A-level. I find it very difficult to stay focused on one task even more so with reading. I haven’t managed to read a whole page without getting distracted or randomly staring into the corner of the room for 10 minutes and then think ‘what was I doing again’. I decided to go to the CSM library and take out a book and actually read and get quotes. The book was called ‘masculinity and male homosexuality in Britain 1861-1913’. From this book I have learned good quotes to use to back up my point but not only that to inspire other ideas. I wouldn’t think that literature could inspire me to push my ideas further but It had and effect weather I could explore new ideas. Such as deeper in-depth with ‘masculinity’ with the ideas or ‘roles’ being put in place by being masculine.
Also from doing more extensive research I am pretty obsessed with Grayson Perry, if its not for his use of humour in his artwork he has defiantly inspired me. After watching lots of interviews his explanation of how the male brain works has got me a better understanding of myself and my learning, with questions like ‘What do I want to say?’ as an artist becoming a looming question. One key component of this referral task was the outcome as I do agree it needed more development. And I do feel that the way in which the artwork is executed is key. For me it was to create an end result that was a little booklet that had the raw photography in there. A photo album if you will.
Damien Blottiere X Bruce Labruce
This photograph by Eric Carter uses the same black and white photography that i've been looking at but with this photograph its more natural and realistic. i like the fact at how it uses up to date modern ideas of what a gay man is. especially with the realistic of underwear which i haven't seen in the other artist's work. the 'jockstrap' has been staple to the gay mans wardrobe. originating from sport to protect the crown jewels from being damaged. the gay man has sexualised this staple item in sport. jockstraps are considered to be masculine from at how it is used in sports. From the sexualisation of masculinity in Tom of Finland's previous work ir has slowly become very relevant to sex and sexuality in gay men.
i'd like to explore more ideas of gay mans underwear potentially making some or translating my work to garments.
'Macho' and 'The Exactitudes'
From the Grayson Perry interview the word 'Macho' kept popping up. i just thought as a work it was really interesting and very unused as of now to describe masculinity. Upon immediate search of the word macho this was the result on google images.
I think what is interesting is that with google the recommendations of similar images being searched up, is used based upon the when the word 'macho' has been used on a website not based upon AI tech being able to distinguish images.
Before i looked at 'The exactitudes', which is artwork that comes in collections of similar people presented next to each other on a grid like format. Displayed below examples.
From the works there are strong links to google despite google wasn't really a thing when the exactitudes started making their collections.
The thing i love about the work is that is that it enforces the ideas of everyone being very similar despite being 'unique in their own special way'. From looking at the work above i was looking closely at the idea of masculinity and which one was diffrent. making myself being the judgemental one unintentionally. It made me think of the Grayson perry interview where i quote
'when you become a man become and adolescent particular 14 year old boys you look at the way they patrol each other and if they step out of line, and they’ve touched almost touched almost an invisible electric fence that says sissy.' .
From this work it immediacy for me backed up the quote by Grayson Perry. The ideas of them being restricted based around others perceptions in which i am a part of. if not part of the reason why masculinity is considered 'toxic'.
From this work I like the idea of categorising similar people in a collection. Previously i have done this with the project by categorising people, but with this case id like it to be more accurate to the point where it is almost an instinctive 'spot the difference'.
Queer biritish art tate
Collection of videos I have watched for research. Videos I find are better for my learning, especially interviews.
George Platt Lynes
now this image is completely different mostly with the context to the other 'George Platt Lynes' photograph.
From this image i get humour aspects as well as a serious tone underneath.
The models in the photo both being naked in a non embracing nature fro me shows ideas of vulnerability. being naked is when a human is presented in their raw form. theres no hiding when your naked. which is what i'm feeling is going on the senario george platt lynes is trying to create. the ideas of the older generation/relative having a strong judgment of the other person. in the very obvious position of literally pointing their finger in disgrace at the second figure standing in the nude.
George Platt Lynes
Grayson perry at the Photographers Gallery + Interview
This was a visit to the photographers gallery. From this visit there was exclusive pictures from Grayson Perry's photo book of him experimenting wearing women's clothing as part of the exhibition based around the Exhibition 'A Secret History Of Cross – Dressers' at The Photographers Gallery. I really found this quote interesting to see his development and transition if you will into the presentation of a woman. especially with the time period that Grayson Perry was doing it in where his parents most likely would have been 'of the generation' of which the relationship between being un-masculine would be made of the assumption of homosexuality, which was punishable.
From this id like to explore more of the idea of changing someones masculinity using for instance women's clothing.
Grayson perry interview around the topic of masculinity
Brings to mind ideas of everyone being the same. much like a ‘uniform’ as of such.
'British LGBT History: 1800-1914
What is the significance of class? concepts of masculinity. The consequences of being caught.
'Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913'
Firstly i would like to comment on the actual design of this book. With yellow being associated with it being a 'sissy' colour it is quite ironic at how its about masculinity as well as homosexuality. The two contrasts of topics that do mere together in real live very much so.
'Macintosh argued that homosexuality, and male homosexuality is particular, remained the of enquiry unaffected by the developments in a sociological approaches in the late 1960's'
This statement is basically saying that regardless of the social areas as well as they away of being raised. a man will be gay, no matter. It indicates that the ideas of masculinity doesn't effect if someone is gay or not.
contextually at the time is was unacceptable to be homosexual. regardless a way of hiding it would to have been to pretend to be masculine and 'fit in' as you will. Gay men would marry women just so that they would fit into society.
In families the importance of the man would be to maintain the family and a was of enforcement was to be the 'masculine' dominant one. 'man of the house'.
With this page it goes on to explain masculinity and where its 'place' is, in context to the time period we are talking about.
'Masculinity; and the 'Importance of the family and domesticity'
'The existence of sex and sexuality between men created a dilema in a society'.
'Homosexuals, were not considered fully masculine.'