Culture - NOMINEE: Joe Arnold
Portrait of Subject
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Joe Arnold is a lens-based artist whose work explores imaging the gay male persona and masculine identity. Through the use of online gay dating apps, Arnold fosters relationships with men who express interest in being in front of him and his camera. Using the camera as a catalyst, Arnold seeks to understand what it means to look at and consume the image of the gay male body. The work transforms desire and intimacy (real or imagined) into public display and the resulting environmental portraits play with our expectations of disclosure and queer identity.