Bob's Trajectory

Bob's trajectory, 150 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, 2012
Omega's Double, 150 x 120 cm, oil on canvas, 2012

Whereas Groobey’s women were dynamic and active, this collection explores a side of masculinity that has often been difficult to express: in an art history where the female form has typically been seen as the dirty, messy, soft, disintegrating body, and masculinity as hardness and integrity, the pieces are a striking departure from this tired polarity, and all the flaccid figures with their insides spilling out, phallus-like figures who themselves have phalluses, reminds us that the penis, for all that it is the totemic locus of male (conscious, reasoning, strong) power, is also that part of the body which escapes conscious control (suggested by the title, Massless Rod). 

In Bob’s Trajectory, a man sits on a throne with a phallus protruding—and his guts spilling out. In Omega’s Double a cartoonish, phallus-animal gobbles up, or spews out, a mass as formless as itself. The painting points to the limitations of a vision of male sexuality as a hard, thrusting thing; it depicts the male sexual experience as at once more vulnerable and more complex than this.


Madeleine K. Jones, NY Arts Magazine, 2012