If You're Lonely...

If You’re Lonely... is a series of backlit portraits of men I met through online communities in Berlin and New York. Drawn to the anonymity of these users, I sought to explore the mystery of their physicality through my artwork. Participants came to my studio, removed their shirt and posed. No information was exchanged and their identity remained a mystery.

 

Stylistically, I sought to create what looks like a homogenous body of work-- large black images with minimal detail hung in succession. However, upon closer inspection a subtle revealing takes place. Out of the blackness and in varying degrees, the participant’s unique physical qualities gradually emerge. Although true identification never occurs, a recognition of individuality does. 

 

Digital C-prints

rear mounted to aluminum, face mounted to non-glare plexi

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© 2020 Jesse Finley Reed