Jack Radcliffe and Mack are the preeminent bear pornstars, considered icons in the bear community. The bear community is a segment of the gay community that exalts the physical characteristics of bears–lots of body hair and big tummies. The movement embraces an ideal of beauty quite outside of the mainstream. Komater is interested in challenging and subverting received ideas of beauty by examining this new ideal. Komater has introduced a different kind of artifice into his images of Jack & Mack, photographing them in poses taken from Renaissance painting, bringing together two very different codes of physical expression, each of which heightens the experience of the body in its own fashion.
CHRIS KOMATER is a San Francisco-based artist.
CHRIS KOMATER: JACK & MACK
Exhibition Dates: August 1 – September 7, 2019
Artists Reception: Saturday, August 10 ,2019 from 4pm – 6pm
Mercury 20 Gallery
475 25th St.
Oakland, CA 94612