- Series: Sachet Mixte
- Paperback: 110 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 20, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1511812087
- ISBN-13: 978-1511812085
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.3 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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- #2516 in Individual Artists' Books
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HomoEros: Meditations on Gay Love & Longing (Sachet Mixte) Paperback – May 20, 2015
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About the Author
John Waiblinger's art reflects his own relationship with male beauty, eroticism and romanticizing a Queer sensibility. He began his artistic endeavors towards the end of his 5th decade after excitedly discovering that digital tools finally provided him the means to translate the vision populating his imagination into physical form. John's work has been exhibited in galleries both in Los Angeles and elsewhere in the US and the UK. HomoEros is his first effort to incorporate his images in a larger, thematic context. More information about John is available on his website at http://johnwaiblinger.com/. Chad Mitchell is a gay writer living in Los Angeles who has been keeping a personal journal since his early college days at CSUN where he studied history and language. Religion and the existential crisis of being have always been recurring themes in Chad’s writings. Having spent many years in Jungian based dream analysis, Chad’s writings are full of archetypal imagery as well. HomoEros is Chad’s first official publication.
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Readers will be aware from the very start that the text can be read from multiple perspectives of love and intimacy between two men, or as a kind of allegory, worthy of the manner in which the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament’s Song of Songs (Lover and Beloved) was read as a relationship between the Creator and Israel or Christ and the Church. Richly laced with the language of liturgical forms of Christian traditions and also combined with references to other ancient and modern, contemporary religions, the poetry and art elevate and transform the passionate bodily and mental desires of the persons envisioned in the book’s fiction to the realm of the sacred.
A good deal has been written by writers scholars within religious communities in the past two decades attempting to find a bridge between the worlds of same-sex desire and participation in various religions, with the most notable among certain branches of Judaism and Christianity. Writers and artists within the GLBTQ community have written and produced art about the spiritual dimensions of desire. The new ground that Waiblinger and Mitchell discover is the fusion of the world of religion and the world of same-sex passion. Seldom is one likely to see that fusion so well accomplished. The intent is to valorize desire, relationships, and a kind of spiritualized mysticism that elevate the expression of same-sex love and longing to the kind of art form that is an extension of the work of Walt Whitman in its imaginative production.
The expression of the work combines aspects of different genres of writing and different artistic expressions, all within the framework of the post-modern expression of desire. For readers who simply want a literal-level expression, that message can be found; for other readers, who desire a more spiritualized and mystical expression, that is also present. Collaborative work often results in pieces not speaking to one another. Here art and verse fuse well.
Waiblinger, the artist, is a man who does not shy away from pornography, he peruses gay porn sites with abandon and takes screen shots. His porn experience had been “generally short term,” and “to the point,” until he discovered a way to imbue fast sex with a deeper message. He would use background pictures (photos, typically taken by himself), and seek a way to match the expressive meaning of a particular background with the hidden meaning of the X-scene at hand. The result are multilayered Photoshop creations with abstracted pictures of nude men underlain by abstracted renderings of nature---landscapes and plants, mostly---the men interpreting the nature and vice versa, and---in an act that his co-author Mitchell might describe as transubstantiation---humanizing the men and their acts, and humanizing the nature as well. Porn is turned into pure beauty.
Mitchell, the writer-poet, has kept a personal journal for the longest time, a journal whose entries reflect his immersion in Catholic religion and Jungian psychoanalysis. Here, too, the effect is more than the sum of his parts, religion inspires introspection, and vice versa, and the result are prayer-poems of unusual intensity and eloquence. Let’s quote one, the first one, which is paradigmatic:
To every tongue that has lied to me,
To the failure of my family,
To the failure of friends and foe alike,
To the failure of psychotherapy,
To the failure of psychoanalysis,
To the failure of psychiatry and psychiatrists,
To the failure of the clergy,
To the failure of the Church---
See I hold this love against you like a crucifix in a holy war.
And now imagine art and writing combined, and then you get a moving book of illustrated poems, and of poetic art, a new form of art that raises the spirits…let’s quote Mitchell again…
Like a wedding song or requiem that reaches far beyond the grave.
There is a breathtaking sensuality on these 104 pages--- beautifully edited pages with Sachet Mixed Publications---that speak to---and of---the gay soul in a new language.