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httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdKkN1K9DSk James St. James spent a lively evening gallery-hopping around LA, taking him from Phil Tarley’s retrospective at Artist’s Corner in Hollywood to Patrick McPheron‘s show at the Create Fixate event in a downtown LA warehouse. James got to pose for a new portrait taken by Phil, and socialize with Welcome to the Dollhouse and The Killing‘s Brendan Sexton III, Create Fixate founder Michelle Berc, Patrick McPheron (a WOW favorite ever since the WOW Gallery days), DJ Stephen Ruiz, Cerraeh Laykin, Stephan Canthal, Stephen Hutchison and the Create Fixate partygoers, with whom the prospect of a Project X magazine coffee table book was also proposed and discussed. Subscribe to “Daily Freak Show” on YouTube.
Says the press release: “Along with sales of DVDs, art porn has died. Its undisputed king is GAYVN Hall-of-Famer Phil St John, who brought us Getting It at the Rave (and the original Getting It), Skateboard Sliders, Taggers, and Double Delights. St John has re-emerged as a fine-art photographer and is opening a solo show on Saturday at Artist’s Corner, the new photography gallery at the corner of Santa Monica and Seward in Hollywood. St John secretly shot erotic art stills on the sets of his art films and is holding them for a later show. But he’ll be showing a short video culled from his infamous South Beach Heat, the strange X-rated film he made about the murder of Gianni Versace. A short called Comes in Colors stars Dino Di Marco and Tony Cummings who also appear covered in phosphorescent paint in an image from his retrospective at Artist’s Corner. It’s not porn – these naked boys are art.”
Back before Jeff Stryker, before John Holmes, before the peep-show booths that showed 8mm film loops there was Bruce of LA. Bruce Harry Bellas came to Los Angeles in the mid-1940s hot to shoot the musclemen
of Venice Beach. The Golden Age of Physique Photography was synonymous with
Southern California, and Bruce rode the wave of the movement with great success. He is known for his stylized technique and aesthetic through which he presented the finest young physiques with kitsch humor,
Hollywood glamour, and classical elegance. After 1968, with a newfound liberation in the acceptance and legality of male nudity, the era of physique photography came to a close. Bruce’s wonderful world of nubile, muscle guys who wear cheecky posing straps still lives on.
The StephenCohen Gallery on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, in their first exhibition of male erotic nudes, is showing 53 Bruce of LA prints that have taken over the gallery in a wonderully well-hung show. Yes, Blanche, it’s nice to be hung well.
– Phil Tarley (PhilTarley.com)