John Paradiso

John Paradiso
Man Fairy, 2015 (from the Fairy Series)
Found image, fabric, and sharpie with UV inhibitor varnish on wood panel.
8″ x 6″ x 1″
Artist StatementWork from the “Fairy Series” highlights the homogenization of queer culture into the mainstream. The work consists of pages from vintage gay male erotic magazines and pansy-printed fabric. As a gay man in mid-life, I couple these materials to honor a gay history that includes fighting for a place within a larger sexual and cultural revolution and the festive, yet mundane, assimilation into marriage equality.