Performance, installation, photography
2007 - 2015

Clary personally knows many of the men in his porn collection. Some are past fuck buddies, others friends, and a few actual porn stars. Sessions is his excuse to chat and get naked with them. To commune. To know the man behind the image.

Each session lasts two hours. The camera is set automatically to take a picture every five seconds. At 30-minute intervals the model removes a piece of clothing until he's naked. After the session, I meet with the model to review and veto any image for whatever reason. When exhibited, these photos are blacked out within the chronology. Three versions of the work emerge: the private performance of taking photographs, the public narrative as seen in the pictures, and the secrets we hide. I used several images from the series to create family albums. Sometimes a single image displayed across an album and other times an empty album, as was the case for my ex who threatened to sue me if any images of him were used.

Acknowledgements: exhibition Rencontres d'Arles (France), Exit Art (New York), and Rush Arts Gallery (New York); press The New York Times and The Brooklyn Rail