Jul 13, 2023Liked by 500 Review

Looks good. I will try to see this. It makes me think of George Bellow's boxers and Steve Mcqueen's - (or were they wrestlers?) Male aggression/ intimacy anyway, and yes, vulnerability. I remember studying Corialanus at School and being encouraged to read a homo- erotic meaning into Shakespeare's verse when Coriolanus and his nemesis wrestle. And then one thinks of Bacon's writhing men, perhaps. I like the idea of painting on mattresses; I wonder if he primed them a lot first.

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Yes I definitely see the Bellows ref. It's not an actual mattress but a canvas bent and painted to look like one. Lots of playing about with the rectangular support.

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