OPENING RECEPTION & ZINE RELEASE
SATURDAY, MAY 13
Exhibition Dates: May 13 - June 4, 2017
THESE DAYS is pleased to present SEXUAL FICTIONS, a solo exhibition of photographs by JIM CAMP.
Jim Camp’s exhibition Sexual Fictions is a show of portraits. So why would the word “fiction” be attached to the title, since the tradition of portraiture is usually about getting to some kind of truth about a subject? In this case, the artist's subjects are all pornographic actresses. While most people don’t consider what they do for a living as professional acting, make no mistake about it, it is: the come-hither smiles, the costumes, the forced and unimaginative dialog are all a part of an act — a carefully created fiction.
Camp, who directs these films, uses the opportunity to pose his actresses, fresh out of hair and makeup, to create a more interesting and cinematic story than the porn his subjects were originally hired to make. By shooting up close with a Polaroid camera, dissecting the women (and their bodies) frame by frame, then piecing the pictures back together, Camp creates fragmented, abstract portraits that are arousing and suggestive – yet ambiguous – leaving the viewer with more questions than answers.
“It’s always been difficult to make interesting photographs. And lately, away from the photography, I’ve been working on cut-and-paste collages. The pictures that make up Sexual Fictions came from those two sources: the desire to make something interesting, and deconstructing the model in a way that reminds me of the work I’m doing with an X-Acto knife, some glue, and the imagery I’ve been pulling apart from various forms of print media. I’ve loved Polaroids going back to the introduction of SX-70 Land Camera (I still have the one my parents bought in the mid-‘70s), as well as the idea of the ‘one-off’ — no negative (and certainly no digital file) for reproductions. What you made (literally) comes straight out of the camera…and that’s that. Sexual Fictions also addresses the problems I’ve had with the actual Polaroid print. There’s not a whole lot of room to work with, so to speak. So why not create multiple images to represent a singular whole? And from there, why not introduce different perspectives and distances? Once all the imagery is in place, affixing each single image in its ‘place’ to create what eventually winds up in the frame is a subjective experience — one that changes from person to person. A metaphorical cutting and pasting to create your made-up narrative.” – Jim Camp
About JIM CAMP: Jim Camp was born in Chicago and spent his formative years in Arizona. A graduate of Arizona State University, he's been a car salesman, a stockbroker, and an English teacher. In addition to directing adult film, he's a letterpress printer and publisher working under the moniker "The Synaesthesia Press". He's also a photographer, and from time to time makes collage from found items & imagery.