Blueboy (Ted 1)
Monica Majoli’s figurative work leverages issues of sexuality, mortality, and transcendence. Carved and printed in a traditional Japanese studio, Majoli’s recent series of woodblock prints depict images of men in various states of undress. Featuring luminous watercolor studies of males contoured in stark white, Majoli’s ‘white-line’ process refers to a unique style of printmaking developed in Provincetown, Massachusetts during the early 20th century. Extracted from Blueboy, a gay lifestyle magazine that emerged in the 1970s, whose namesake pays homage to the famous portrait by eighteenth-century painter Thomas Gainsbourg, Majoli repurposes explicit ephemera to investigate themes of intimacy and identity inherent within classical portraiture.