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Monday, January 8, 2007

Federal Homophiliacs

posted by on January 8 at 11:47 AM

What’s a straight male Japanophile amateur photographer of pretty snowscapes to do when he discovers that the people handing out the money at the Japan-United States Friendship Commission (and at the National Endowment for the Arts, which helps sponsor the JUSFC grants) are a bunch of homo-lovers?

Why, document the dastardly gay-love of the feds on his web site, of course, where the tagline is “Hard Release: If you’re not gay, it’s not art.”

What our hero is so upset about is that two years in a row, the JUSFC has sent gay male photographers to work in Japan. Nevermind that these two photographers, Dean Sameshima and Joseph Maida, couldn’t be more different. They have taken pictures of naked men, and they have won grants, and damnit if the art world isn’t so damned gay! Nevermind all the other artists on the JUSFC’s list, including plenty of married-couple teams.

No, if “Hard Release” didn’t win a grant from the American government, it must be because he refuses to have sex with other men. Hey, “Hard Release,” the solution is simple. Real artists sacrifice for their art. Imagine the grants that would come your way if you opened your arse for business!

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C'mon, Jen, quit being an apologist for those fag lovers. We all know how gay friendly the federal government is. You can't join the army unless you pound the recruiters in the ass, you can't get security clearance without showing your bathhouse membership card, and forget about tax breaks or receiving a federal pension if you're a filthy breeder. If the sex you have can result in babies, the feds want nothing to do with you. I know at least five or six people who got gangbanged by the crew from Falcon at the White Party last year just so they could be eligible to take the civil service exam.

Posted by Gitai | January 8, 2007 11:52 AM

The best part is his sad and pretentious commentary on his own "snapshot."

A photo by me. If you're going to take the "snap-shot" approach, make it look damn good, the world is already filled with bad snaps. As a photographer, I understand what pulls the veiwer back for another look. Coming over from the shadows at the top right, you'll cross the face again, aided by the color of the sunglasses. His position was carefuly chosen to create the right shadows. The sign was found at a flea market and is from pre-war Germany. Visually interesting, with strange text. Then the shadows at the lower right pull you back again. The image comes off as a quick snapshot, at first glance. Yet, it shares enough with the veiwer, and is of a technical quality that creates a mildly mesmerizing charm. Subtle, but there."

Posted by christopher hong | January 8, 2007 11:59 AM

Nothing makes you look great by doing self comparison. Once I saw noted homosexual Michael Johnson walking down the street. Realizing my chance I yelled out "first one to the end of the block wins". Before he knew what was going on I lumbered past him at full speed, winning the race. That makes me, Giffy, the fastest man in the world. Yeah

Posted by Giffy | January 8, 2007 1:03 PM

Guy's got a point...the selected photos were awful.

Of course, it probably has less to do with homo-loving at the JUSFC, and more to do with cronyism and bad taste, but what are you gonna do?

Posted by A Nony Mouse | January 8, 2007 1:21 PM

The second guy he compared himself to was quite good, imo. The first one's pictures looked basically indistinguishable from amateur porn to me. And while I'm fine with that, I'd also rather not give $27,000 for it.

Posted by Megan | January 8, 2007 1:54 PM

What a whiney little bitch. Poor guy, his work was not chosen among the hundreds or however many applicants. Is this what it has come to? Stay tuned for anonymous blogs of students whose applications are rejected from Universities or maybe I should start my own blog cause WAMU did not hire me over some other faggott. I think I'll start a website to showcase whiney bitches and sell it to yahoo or google in a few years.

Posted by David | January 8, 2007 2:53 PM

The Maida photos were definitely technically better than Samashima's work, but they were still boring and derivative.

In fact, I'd give Sameshima the edge for being bad in a novel way.

Posted by A Nony Mouse | January 8, 2007 7:11 PM

Anyone who thinks photography is "art" is a fucking idiot anyway. Congratulations, you pressed a button on a camera. Now try actually CREATING something you no-talent hacks. These lazy bastards who can't pick up a fucking paintbrush get 27,000 dollars and meanwhile I'm surely going to have to step over fifty homeless people before I'm done walking through the Olympic Sculpture Park.

Speaking of which, HOORAY for SCULPTURES, more big things for hobos to piss on. This city is full of retards.

Posted by A Nhanee Mouse | January 13, 2007 9:42 PM

you poor poor uninformed, bitter, gallery-less, pathetic, jealous, homophobic, common people. have you ever read theory? do you even read? both artists have a lengthy and impressive CV's as well as having attended some of the best art schools in the world. as well as numerous critical reviews. get your bitter heads out of your asses. AND PLEASE! the cry baby "photographer" of snowscapes? WTF? try applying for a grant at Hallmark......yawn!

Posted by domo | January 25, 2007 9:50 PM

oh, BTW, Mr. "Hard release" ever heard of Conceptualism? doubtful...dork!

Posted by domo | January 25, 2007 10:00 PM

Domo, so if a person gets a degree at a prestigious business school it makes running a plantation with slaves okay? Bad work is bad work, it doesn't matter where these people went to school. This is some awful stuff. I'd never heard of the JUSFC before, but I do have some friends who would be interested in this. It's a strange world. Thanks Stranger! har har har.

Posted by Melinda | January 26, 2007 3:37 PM

Sharon Lockart, whom primarily does BOTH photography AND film, and did both during her stay in japan is NOT gay.

Posted by gracious | January 26, 2007 4:01 PM

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