Today’s homoerotic pop art

… from “lowbrow artist” Isabel Samaras‘s On Tender Hooks, a 2003 oil on wood painting “Besame Mucho”:

(Thanks to Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky.)

The painting is a play on the genre of slash fiction, “a genre of fan fiction that focuses on the depiction of romantic or sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex” (Wikipedia) — in this case a fusion of Kirk/Spock and Lone Ranger/Tonto.

Samaras’s work is loaded with references to and images from pop culture (especially television), usually combined with similar allusions to high art and popular Catholic iconography. Pee Wee Herman as Saint Sebatstian, for example. Frankenstein appears in a lot of the pieces.


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