CREATED ON // TUESDAY, 18 AUGUST 2015 AUTHOR // Reg Domingo
Photographer Rod Spark’s exhibition exploring masculinity and identity among gay men at LOSTSpace Gallery has been generating plenty of buzz in Sydney’s gay scene since opening earlier this month.
“It’s been good,” Spark said of the response so far. “The opening night was excellent. The crowd was particularly engaged.”
My Reality: Embodied Diversity, on show until this Saturday, August 18, is an exploration of the male form in all its glorious diversity.
Fifty-four Sydney men are featured in the show, each of them unique and special in their own way.
“I wanted to explore how people feel about themselves, considering most of the imagery that we are presented with in the media are the buff, muscled, hairless, body beautiful type when the vast majority of that is far from the ideal.”
Taking inspiration from his days as a scientist, Spark adopted an “anthropological viewpoint” in tackling the work, and has presented it as “typology” with a grid of images of men in and out of their clothes.
Rod Spark has been photographing Sydney’s gay and lesbian event scene for over two decades and this is his first solo exhibition since graduating from UNSW Art & Design (old COFA) with a Masters in Art (Photomedia).
Spark said there were no shortages of guys willing to take part in the project. Many were enlisted from his group Sunboys. Founded 25 years ago, Sunboys is a social group for men who like to be naked.
The exhibition closes this weekend but Spark hopes it will return in the future.
"Because it’s meant to be an exploration of diversity, to my mind there are some people missing.”
In the meantime, head over to LOSTSpace and check it out.
"It’s open to Saturday this week," spark said. "I hope to be there on Saturday myself for the finale."