EIGHT INCHES AND THICK
250 sitters sat for 1309 drawings, usually with thier clothes off. Part diary, part directory, Eight Inches And Thick offers a collective portrait of a group of homosexuals in East London.
This book is the culmination of a 14 month project. Inviting users of Grindr to sit for me as life models in my Hackney studio. I drew anyone who could offer their time, making no discrimination on looks. The book contains every drawing made over the project, the great drawings and the not so great. Pacing and editing has been given through scaling of images.
Introduction text _ Marco Livingstone
Crit transcript _ Dr Sheena Calvert and Ajamu.
Graphic Design _ Regular Practice
Video & Photosgraphy _ James Barnett
Drawings _ Sam Wingate
Shirt Lifters stem from the series Grindr Drawings, where tropes emerged in the way men present themselves online - the headless torso, the bathroom or gym setting and the lifted shirt.
The title of the series, taken from the derogatory term for gay men, reclaims the abusive name giving it power to celebrate the body.
The drawings fall into two collections small colour drawings made directly from Grindr users profile pictures and larger graphite drawings made from life in the studio. The two sets play on the theme of online representation and the IRL (in real life) experience.
Grindr Quilt considers behaviours that are inherited - somehow passed down through generations where intergenerational connections rarely exist. It draws parallels between Cottaging and Grindr. It acknowledges Grindr in the domestic environment, and the more intimate relationships that can be created through use of dialogue.
Winner of the 2017 Emerald Winter Pride Arts Award
Pardon Rug considers older men who in 2017 received a pardon from the British government for convictions held for homosexual acts that would no longer stand today. The form of a rug provides a metaphor for something that is walked over and that problems are swept under.
A broken narrative documenting the wordless language used within Cottaging, the act of men seeking sex with other men in public toilets.
Chechnya Rug was made rapidly as an act of protest against the treatment of homosexuals in Chechnya in 2017. It portrays a young man who silenced by a pink triangle, the symbol used by the Nazi’s to mark homosexual men in the concentration camps and later adopted as a symbol of gay rights. As a rug he is walked over and ignored.
Edition of 12
The Invert is a short picture book documenting the narrative of a gay man in 1950's London, living in a time of homosexual criminality. We follow the protagonist on his journey to find connections with other men, and witness his eventual downfall at the hands of the law.
The size of the book, small enough to fit in a pocket, reflects the secretive way in which many homosexuals were forced to live at the time.
The Inalienable Right To Be Gay
TIRTBG takes it's name from Margaret Thatcher’s 1987 Conservative Party conference speech where she introduced the concept of section 28, a law that effectively stopped the promotion, encouragement or positive presentation of homosexuality in schools across the UK.
The project presents the shifting position of gay men in UK society since the period of partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967. Interviews, drawing and archival research were used to gather information for this project. Conversations were had with homosexual men ageing from 20-78 about their experiences of being gay in London during their early twenties. These first hand accounts were presented alongside news headlines from the respective eras and representations of homosexuals in popular culture.