CULTUREEDIT / TOM OF FINLAND STORE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE LUST 1984, AN ONLINE EXHIBITION WITH NEW WORKS BY ARTIST ZACH GREAR.
THE EXHIBITION CONSISTS OF UNIQUE COLLAGES AND FOUND GAY EROTICA TREATED WITH THE ARTIST'S SIGNATURE MARKER TREATMENT.
GREAR’S INSPIRATION IN UTILIZING TATTOOS AND COLLAGE WORKS COME FROM HIS OWN STANDARDS OF BEAUTY IN PARALLEL WITH HIS PERSONAL EXPLORATION WITH TATTOOS AS A WAY TO CONNECT WITH HIS OWN BODY IMAGE.
The fantasy of vintage erotica is most powerful when viewed through a nostalgic lens. I gravitate towards them in order to clash and twist the old school appeal — whether 50s era muscle mags or 70s unpolished Honcho men — with my own standard of beauty. With each new piece I feel more in control of my body and my sense of beauty — each tattoo reclaims what the oppression of Body Fascism steals from us every single day.- Zach Grear
Zach Grear is a self-taught artist born and raised in San Francisco. He combines tattoo imagery and vintage gay erotica to distort/subvert established beauty standards, while creating a new “othered” beauty ideal. His artwork also includes personal heroes and queer contemporaries. Zach currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.