Many of us remember vividly the period in the 1980s and 90s when campaigns promoting safer sex practices developed, looking back on the visual materials from these campaigns has been both a moving experience of memory and an exciting new perspective of the work many of us did in that time. As these posters and other materials begin to pass in to something more like history than recent memory, we get to see them again. Thankfully, we can now see a little more of their artistry rather than only seeing the urgency that created their message.
These materials are of both cultural and artistic significance. They were often created by advertising and illustration professionals who were suddenly free to apply their best and most innovative ideas that may have been constrained by mainstream business. With the lives and health of their community at stake, and often their own, these artists brought all of their skill to bear on efforts to save lives.
The catalog will contain images of these collected materials, primarily posters, including safer sex campaigns from North America, Europe, and Oceania. We will also include an art historical essay by Alex Fialho as well as Alex’s interview of Buzz Bense about the collection he accumulated and a foreward by Dr. Carol Queen.
Please join us in producing this important volume of materials, both for the preservation of history and to communicate to the world more broadly the great power of the work so many did in desperate times. Your contribution is critical to our success. You will be rewarded at various levels with copies of the catalog, original posters (duplicates from the collection), CSC Library tote bags (it’s like we are PBS, no?), and even a personalized tour of the archive guided by our gallerist, Dorian Katz and CSC executive director Dr. Carol Queen.
CSC’s exhibition displaying nearly 100 of these safer sex posters from the Buzz Bense collection opens on November 8 at 7 pm, and runs through January 31st 2014.
– See more at: http://www.sexandculture.org/#sthash.W72ZWNqo.dpuf
Posted in AIDS, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., History, Men, San Francisco, Signage, Uncategorized
Tagged Buzz Bense, Center for Sex and Culture, Posters, Safe Sex, San Francisco
Jingle boys! Also a few girls, Dads, Queens on Segways, frosty snowmen, etc. Hot Leather Dad Steve Gaynes shot the scene seen here. Click through for groovy video! A fun(d)raiser for the SF AIDS Foundation.
Posted in Drag, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Internet, Leather, Men, San Francisco, Sexy Holidays, Strange Holidays, Subcultures, Surveillance, Video, Youth
Tagged 2013, Castro Street, Christmas, Gay, Leather Dad, Runners, Santa, Sexy, SFAF, Skivvy, Surveillance, Video, Xmas
Hey, duck-boy! Sculpture by Liu Xue. Other hybrids include frog-men, half-seals and other chimeric creatures.
What a hot-head! Photography by Kyle Thompson.
Like hairy guys? This furball by Markus Leitsch might be…right up your alley. For more interesting things to point your eyeballs at, visit Crab Wise!
Posted in ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, England, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Men, Photography
Tagged Art, Blog, Chimeras, Crab Wise, England, Hybrids, Kyle Thompson, Liu Xue, Markus Leitsch
Yes. It’s the world’s biggest hammer. Located at the south end of Eureka, on Hwy 101 at Broadway. This huge tool is the landmark for Pierson Building Center, Humboldt County institution, established in 1962. Support small businesses. Shop Local!
Posted in GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Northern California, Photography, Road Trips, Signage
Tagged Big Hammer, Big Tool, Eureka, Hardware, Humboldt County, iPhone photography, Shop Local, Signage, Small Business
Old man beard lichen. Really! That’s what it’s called and we are lichen it.
Posted in Beards, Gardening, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Men, Northern California, Photography, Subcultures
Tagged Beard, Funny, Gay, Old Mans Beard Lichen, Photography, Visual Pun
100% faggot-farmed heirloom peppers. Tis the harvest season. Feasting with friends and family. Hand-made labels. Lo-tech. Sharpie markers on postal stickers.
Posted in Art and Artists, DIY and Maker Culture, Food, Gardening, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Mendocino County, Photography, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Tagged Art, Farming, gardening, Gay, Home Grown, Labels, Peppers, Rural, Signage, Stickers, sustainable, Twisted Timbers
Cool bar art in the patio of the SF Eagle. Paint on plywood. Big! The Texan has fun with them. That’s ex-Texan, meaning from Texas and the operative word is FROM. The artist is Webster, 1998 vintage. In the style of that Finnish guy, Tom.
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Tagged 15 Association, Art, Bar, Cop, Fetish, Gay, Leather, Webster
Chain cage. Works like a full body Chinese finger trap. Poster art from London scene.
Barbering strop and antique calipers. No dungeon should be without.
Detour. Repurposed floatation device or boat bumper. More chain.
Good advice! Feeding tray. Corner of the main cage. Cozy.
Many a night many a day. Locked up safe and away. Those who dig cages find it a nice stay.
Dubious history, great Novy art and duct tape.
Bear flag and medical exam tables.
Sling of course. For a St. Andrew’s Cross click here
Another cage. Faux bamboo.
And a head cage. Want a pear tree? It’s in the orchard…
Posted in Art and Artists, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., iPhone, Leather, Mendocino County, Photography, Subcultures
Tagged Art, Photography, Rural Dungeon, S/m, Sex, Still Life