Chest and Belly
Soft pink fleshHairy plump scarredRevealGrabAging maleAny old oneThis old oneAlive
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly w2p1 (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly w2p3 (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly w2p5 (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly w2p7 (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly w2p9 (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly addendum (2020)|
|Larry Wolf, Chest and Belly addendum (2020|
References - Hands on Flesh
The work of two artists were bouncing around in my mind as I was working on the images: John Coplans and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
John Coplans is famous for his portraits of his aging body, and the Bernini, this sculpture from the 1600s , is famous for the hand print, the imprint of the fingers in the flesh, which is in marble, quite an artistic accomplishment. The title of the Bernini is “rape”. It's a violent moment, cloaked in mythology, wrapped in beauty and polish. Coplans is that way too, very stylized, but making you see his aging body.
John Coplans (1920-2003)
|John Coplans, Self Portrait (Hands Spread on Knees) (1985)|
Photo at tate.photo.uk
Coplans About the PhotographsI try to regard the body and mind as inseparable, a single field of human experience that encompasses the perceptual, the intellectual, and the pains and pleasures of memory.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680)
|Gian Lorenzo Bernini, The Rape of Proserpina (1622)|
(photo credit: Joaquim Alves Gaspar (2015))