The magazines date 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 epidemic 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. These magazines were heavily discounted as most of these stores are now out of business and replaced with expensive restaurants and clothing/lifestyle stores. Ooze culls a moment of searching intimacy during a time when the body is used as a political tool.