Sick Bacchus: A Grindr Love Story
Large Format Photography | Framed Video | Digital Photography
43” x 55.5”
4x5 Large Format Film
A Social Media “Vanitas Selfie”
An aesthetic investigation that traces the potential consequences of Grindr, the all-male geosocial networking technology, as it accentuates and accelerates the struggles with disease and drug abuse that is inherent in contemporary gay and bisexual communities.
After Caravaggio’s self-portrait as Young Sick Bacchus from 1593, this phenomenological study serves as a medium for further cultural awareness and critique of the impact of social media on the human condition through the language of allegory. This series of works seeks to reveal aspects of reality as our contemporary sense of being is embodied in an extended technological world.
These theoretical and physical gestures act as symbolic and material functions to investigate the nature of the current relationship between technology and cultural humanity.
Caravaggio’s Self-Portrait as Young Sick Bacchus; or Bacchino Malato, 1593
HD Video and Digital Print Installation at
the University of Texas Visual Arts Center:
Work in collaboration with Clayton Smith Westmeier
Make-up by the talented Ashley Hancock: ashleyraehancock.com