CASUAL ENCOUNTERS

in collaboration with Lenore Thomas

Casual Encounters is a deconstruction of the common "dick pic." This series of images is a reaction to the idiosyncrasies of this new photographic archetype. Casual Encounters calls attention to the immediacy, the casualness, the sometimes aggressive and, other times, humorous, depictions of this now ubiquitous image.  Another form of the “selfie,” this picture is generally photographed in private spaces, like bathrooms or bedrooms, with a mobile device, but posted online in a public realm. Technology has created an ease for this new type of image to emerge and replicate instantaneously. Smart phones (the means by which most dick pics are taken) now act as cameras, conversing through images, as much, if not more than, conversing through talk or worded text. Ironically, however, little attention is given to the image itself; the photograph merely serving as a device to represent the penis.   All photographs in this series are recreations of images taken from the "Casual Encounters: m4w" section of Craigslist. They maintain the basic setting and posture of the original but contradict their source in both the means of creation (high resolution camera versus phone camera, multiple people present during capture versus self captured image) and the subject (female versus male, object versus penis).

DIGS: Sexism in the Arts Exhbition
DIGS: Sexism in the Arts Exhbition

A selection of images from Casual Encounters installed at A.I.R. Pittsburgh, PA 2017

Skateboard Deck
Skateboard Deck

Limited Edition deck by Slapstik Skateboards.

DIGS: Sexism in the Arts Exhbition
DIGS: Sexism in the Arts Exhbition

A selection of images from Casual Encounters installed at A.I.R. Pittsburgh, PA 2017

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The Veiled One
The Veiled One
The Seated One
The Seated One
The Confident One
The Confident One
The Shower One
The Shower One
The Cocklet
The Cocklet
The Porch One
The Porch One
The No Sheets on the Bed One
The No Sheets on the Bed One
The Bathroom One
The Bathroom One
The Up Against the Wall One
The Up Against the Wall One
The Bedroom One
The Bedroom One
The One with the Face
The One with the Face
The Scribbled Face One
The Scribbled Face One
The Den One
The Den One
The Office One
The Office One
The Underwear Still On One
The Underwear Still On One