Visitors to the Hang Man Gallery will be greeted by blacked-out windows concealing the show within, Naked Man Staring at You
. Because many of the photos feature full-frontal male nudity and even erections, visitors are advised to be prepared. Drasko Bogdanovic, fab
guy photographer, is, as usual, pushing the boundaries of erotic imagery.
“With black-and-white images, the graphic element of pornography is reduced,” says Bogdanovic. “But the gaze of a naked man is still there, teasing the viewer into submission, creating a game of arousal and tension, not shy on filth. The portrait style of these photographs creates an intimate relationship between the subject, a man comfortable with his body and sexuality, and the viewer. Viewing itself is a source of pleasure, just as there is pleasure in being viewed. There is an implicit agreement between the watcher and the watched — the promise of sex. There are no rules, sexuality has no bounds, and all is right with the perverse.”
Naked Man Staring at You
runs Tues, April –Sun, April 24 at the Hang Man Gallery, 756 Queen St E.
The opening reception is Sat, April 9 at 7pm. draskobogdanovic.ca