Bruce Hainley is the author of No Biggie, Foul Mouth, and, with John Waters, Art--A Sex Book. A contributing editor of Artforum and East of Borneo, he teaches in the MFA Program at Art Center College of Design. The fifth (and most recent) issue of Pep Talk is dedicated to his work.
Second Life: Bruce Hainley Selects by Bruce Hainley
I’ve spent much of the summer thinking about AIDS and what I assume is called 'the politics of barebacking'. I know. Super fun-tastic. The photographs of Peter James solarize the sweet antithesis of all of that, although, if I were to put his work through the theoretical paces it deserves, I’d point out that he captures the male body in the sunset of its innocence, re: AIDS, when, in a desperate attempt to escape a virus, men, as depicted in popular culture (i.e., on the level of the imaginary), put all their attention into girding themselves with gym regimes and juicing on steroids for grander, quicker results.