"Oh, pants. What did I ever see in you?"
Bro Vs. Bro
Oh please lord let the one in the middle turn around right now
Video Loop/Installation. Varied Sizes and Configurations. trt 12 min
For more information about this project, visit ascprojects.org/2014/05/08/leder-the-objects/
The men stand upright throughout their sessions, yet they break stance at intervals to stretch, to straighten up, to open their hands. I’ve asked the men to close their eyes at specific times, so we can see them without their gaze back at us. The closing of the eyes is important for this sense of relaxation. It also adds layers of watching, for the viewer and the viewed. I asked them to “Breathe. Imagine yourself as a rocket. Imagine that you are floating in space.”
I’m inspired by the Surrealists, by contemporaries such as Marina Abramowiz, and also by Jasper Johns. I love how Johns discussed iconic objects and how an artist can participate in dissipating their iconic power. I thought, how can I do this with the male figure?
This project was funded in part by the SF Arts Commission.
Brofore and After
"Rad party bro, what was I supposed to tell you? Oh yeah, the cops are here"
Wanna hear somethin funny bro? This is my JOB.”
Don’t be shocked about the chainsaw: cutting trees in the wood is THE WOODWORKERS profession. There are two versions of this session available. This is the first version that shows the process in which Neil Curtis transfers the model from reality to his own art-world.
THE GOTHIC PUNK: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/gothicpunk | THE GUY FROM THE RED CROSS: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/redcross | THE WOODWORKER: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thewoodworker | THE WOODWORKER – Alternative Version: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thewoodworker1 | THE DRUNK GUY: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thedrunkguy | THE ARMY RECRUIT: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thearmyrecruit | THE ENCORE: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theencore |THE PIANIST: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thepianist | THE GUY FROM MUNICH: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theguyfrommunich | THE GUY FROM L.A.: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theguyfromla | RAFFI REVERSED: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/raffireversed | THE THIEF: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thethief | THE ATOMIC BOY vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theatomicboy | THE BOXER vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theboxer | THE MECHANIC: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/themechanic | THE PROFESSOR: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/theprofessor | THE FIRST SESSION: vimeo.com/neilcurtis/thefirstsession