Lars Deike


"Lars Deike 1963 was born into a family of publishers in Constance. He graduated from there training as a publishing assistant. After a move to Berlin, he worked as an editor at a large Berlin newspaper.

Lars Deike deliberately want to provoke in his paintings. The artist wants to cover with his pictures the entire spectrum of varieties of gay male sexuality - Leather, Rubber, Skins, Sports, or even a complete "snax - scene" can be reflected in his paintings."


Steve Locke

"Steve Locke (born 1963) is an African American artist who explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, raised in Detroit, Michigan and is currently living and working in Boston, Massachusetts where he teaches at Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

Locke’s art explores the meaning applied to male portraiture. His works comprise several portraits of men - for almost a decade, he has reworked the particular gesture of a man with his tongue hanging out of his open mouth. "It’s hard to make a painting of a man and not have him look important. So I came up with this weird gesture," Steve Locke explained in an interview with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston. "I like that they’re not heroic, and not attached to any body,"he said of his pieces, which straddle the line between sculpture and painting. "They’re floating around in the atmosphere, waiting to possess somebody, or get inside your head and transform you." He aims to "make paintings of men who were vulnerable, or exposed, without using the obvious trope of nudity."His work provokes broader social, sexual and art historical conversations."


Rolf Koppel

"German-born American photographer Rolf Koppel creates an artist’s book with his own technique of fusing traditional black and white photographs (shot on film) with photograms, to make a lyrical and personal fantastic voyage. Koppel, whose work has been shown at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and other venues throughout the United States and Europe, uses himself and his spouse, Will, as nude models for this work. He adds simple natural light and ordinary household objects for photograms. Basement Arcade is a journey of imaginative scenarios that also comments on the nature of photography and perception. While the work seems on one level to be the erotic musings of an individual, it also has a gripping universality."

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Crawford Barton

"Crawford Wayne Barton was born on June 2, 1943 in rural Georgia. As a child and teenager Bartontook piano lessons and enjoyed drawing and studying nature. After graduating from Calhoun High School in 1961, Barton attended the University of Georgia on an art scholarship. Barton studied drawing painting and sculpture at three different colleges in Georgia as an art major, but never graduated. Late in 1968 Barton decided to move to Los Angeles, CA to study filmmaking at UCLA. However, Barton never enrolled and instead moved to San Francisco. It was in San Francisco that Barton became a leading photographer of gay life. Barton took photographs for the Advocate, the Bay Area Reporter, the San Francisco Examiner, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times.

In 1974, the M.H. de Young Memorial museum featured Barton's prints in an exhibit called New Photography, San Francisco and the Bay Area. Barton started his own photography business with a resale license in 1973, under the name Arts Unlimited. The business operated through 1978, but was never a profitable endeavor. However, a book of Barton's prints titled Beautiful Men was published in 1976 with a 2nd edition published in 1978. Barton's prints were also used to illustrate Look Back in Joy (1990) by Malcom Boyd. Crawford Barton, Days of Hope, a book of Barton's prints covering the years between the Stonewall riots and the onset of the AIDS epidemic, was published posthumously in 1994. Barton moved away from photography in the early 1980s and devoted his artistic energies to writing. He continued to show his photographs, but did not produce new work at the pace he did in the 1970s. During the 1980s Barton completed his epic novel, Castro Street, and a book of poetry, One More Sweet Smile, but neither was published."

 Barton passed away from AIDS on June 12, 1993. 
He was 50 years old.


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