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The magazines used for Ooze were between the late 1980s and early 1990s, a time during the AIDS crisis. I wanted to consider the economy of the gay male body during a time of fear and anxiety. I abstracted the figures by cutting through the layers, trying to search and reveal something about how the disease have shaped and redefined our culture and how we now negotiate our bodies with each other and how it is perceived by the heterosexist world.

 

I purchased these magazines from gay adult stores in the West Village of New York City, which is an important geographical symbol of historical moments in LGBT culture. These magazines are heavily discounted primarily because most of these stores are now going out of business and being replaced with online pornography. Ooze culls a moment of searching intimacy during a time when the body of gay men is used as a political tool.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jade Yumang