Sessions
performance, installation, photography
2007-15

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.

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Exhibitions
Rencontres d'Arles, France
Exit Art, New York
Rush Arts Gallery, New York


Press
The New York Times
The Brooklyn Rail

Ask
Looking to find a publisher to create a series of zines, one for each session.

Mark

Thankful to be an Eyebeam fellow, NEW INC member, commissioned by Rhizome, collected by MoMA, awarded by the New Jersey Council on the Arts, exhibited at Les Rencontres d’Arles, reviewed in Art in America, and bested by Hyperallergic.