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Keith Thomas makes an art of his Internet sex life

July 8th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Keith Thomas, Young Liar, 2009. Oil on prepared cardboard.

Most artists I know make work inspired by their personal lives — even if the end product looks so abstract or conceptual that you’d be hard pressed to find evidence of human experience in it. Keith Thomas, perhaps, just takes a more direct route than some from life to canvas — or, in his case, from screen to page.

Since his late teens, Thomas, a recent graduate of the University of South Florida’s BFA program, has made drawings, paintings and installations inspired by his experiences meeting other gay men online. In fact, for all intents and purposes, his Internet-enabled love life is itself a work of art. Whenever he logs into a gay chat site or arranges to meet a guy in real life, Thomas embarks on research — not because he approaches each encounter with the scientific remove of an anthropologist, but because his intimate thoughts and feelings give rise to poetic visual translations of experiential data.

(Wait a minute, I hear you asking: Does that mean every time I jerk off to a photo of a naked, ripped guy online that I, too, am making art? No, honey — only Keith.)

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Tags: Contemporary Art · Drawing · Painting

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Brook // Jul 9, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    Whoa! update from Art Squeeze!?!? That makes me happy :)

  • 2 Elizabeth // Sep 24, 2010 at 7:02 am

    Totally unrelated, but I want to know:

    Were maps and banners for all arts venues participating in the Ybor Art Walk ever made? Are all artists who participate in the Ybor Art Walk, do they all have a sign in their window indicating that they are part of the art walk? I have never gone down there as a participant and I would like to know. It has been two years since this has been brought up on this website and it would be nice if this topic were revisited. Thank you.

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