BRUCE LABRUCE "EXTRA CRUNCHY" 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". The main image shows one of the extras, a real-life Sunset Blvd street hustler's taut mid-section. It captures the essence of the film's California palette, kooky humor and sleazy sexuality.
"Hustler White" (1996) is one of the most notorious and influential pieces of Queer Cinema of the 20th century. Tony Ward stars as a Sunset Boulevard 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.
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 as 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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'Untitled' ("Extra Crunchy")
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)
16"H 22"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
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