Everything is about sex except sex, as Oscar Wilde said. Sex is about power.
By deconstructing and resampling images from pop culture, social media, news and sports, porn and classical art, my work is an investigation of human behavior, gender, violence, power, and sexuality. This is apparent in the work ”We Want The World And We Want It Now” from 2020. Here athletes, soldiers, protesters, porn stars, and figures from historic paintings are fighting with one another in a confrontation across time and space.
The series ”Dogs Unleashed” from 2020, is inspired by wrestling in art, that has been used since the nineteenth century as cover emblem of homosexuality.
“Twenty Five Little Deaths” from 2019 is comprised of 25 classical portraits anging from the 15th century to the 1900s. Their eyes have been replaced with the eyes of porn stars having sex.
All of my works are composed of several photos and made up of facial and body parts from many different people. The figures in the images are thus completely fictional despite the apparent photorealism. A work can easily consist of 50 different photos or more.
All prints are printed in limited editions as high quality archival pigment prints on Baryta 310 gr paper.
Lars Hilfling / 2020