BRUCE LABRUCE "POOLSIDE" 1996
"Censored, slandered, and delightfully outré" - that's how the Advocate magazine described notorious Canadian artist, filmmaker, pornographer and writer Bruce LaBruce.
LaBruce has always had a strong connection to erotica and pornography, in whatever medium he is working in. He frequently addresses themes of sexual and personal transgression against societal norms.
This photograph was taken during the filming of LaBruce's celebrated "Hustler White" (1996) one of the most notorious and influential pieces of Queer Cinema of the 20th century. The movie was inspired by the iconic film noir and cult/camp classic, Sunset Boulevard (1950).
In the movie, Tony Ward stars as a L.A. hustler who captures the attention of a European writer (played by LaBruce) in town researching the gay prostitution and pornography scene of Hollywood.
The film's iconic L.A. aesthetic and unabashed sexuality made Tony Ward a star and established Bruce LaBruce as a fin de siècle filmmaker to watch out for.
This image shows Tony Ward lounging in a hot tub capturing the film's hazy California palette and sleazy sexuality.
During the spring of 2015, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City honored Bruce LaBruce with a special two week retrospective of his films. Could there be any greater validation for an artist/film-maker?
In addition to his work has a filmmaker Bruce LaBruce is also an accomplished and collected photographer. Since 1999, LaBruce has had numerous exhibitions of his photographs around the world: Pitt Gallery (Vancouver), MC MAGMA (Milan), Bailey Fine Arts (Toronto), Peres Projects (Los Angeles) and John Connelly Presents (NYC).
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1996/printed in 2020.
C print photograph, from an edition of 5.
Signed and numbered by the artist on verso.
12"H 18"W (work)
14"H 20"W (work)
Framed with museum glass
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