Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega
Joe Raymond Vega

OBSESSION – THE KISS

From the generation where everything is free, easily accessible, and skin is so appealing.
For the youth captivated by the perceived notion of what sexuality is.
For everyone struggling with gender norms.
For everyone confused by what is and what they feel.
For those who indulge and are not afraid.
For those who are in control or wish they were.
For everyone who has had to deal with racial or ethnic cruelty. For straight, gay, and lesbian.
For those ostracized by society.

I. FILM – “Obsession: The Kiss”

VHS; DSLR Camera; YouTube, 2013.

OBSESSION was inspired by the early 1980s House movement in Chicago, Ill. I was intrigued by how empowering it must have felt to reclaim one’s sexuality, affirm one’s existence, and establish a community of acceptance. I was also inspired by the notion that all people – regardless of their gender and sexuality – need, and are entitled to, a place to express themselves in a safe environment.

I chose to name this project OBSESSION because the word conveys feelings of privacy and sensuality. Think Calvin Klein ads in the 1990s – intended to arouse different genders, commercialization of sex, objectification of the body, and the attempt to normalize feelings of sexual desire and lust.

Moreover, I was inspired by those who openly share who they are, especially The Others.

II. DEGRATIONS – “Feeing Degraded” & “The Kiss Degraded”

VHS, 2013.

The process of degrading video footage was directly related to the, what some may consider degrading, acts taking place in the film. The process included degrading each video more than twenty times which resulted in a decayed and stripped product and a significant loss of quality.

III. DRAWINGS –

Lipstick on Linux, 2013.

Sometimes were view those in pornography as victims and are quick to judge. But let’s not forget to ask ourselves, Why are these images so accessible? Who is viewing them? And why are these images so provocative? How does our culture and notions of sexuality, gender roles, and taboo influence how we interpret these models, their actions, and the reactions they produce?

When drawing these models, I made sure to blur their faces, not because I intended to protect their identity, but because I want to direct your attention to their bodies, and more specifically, their genitals. How does that make you feel to see these parts? Do you feel disgusted? or Do you like what you see? Whatever is it that you may feel, do not feel ashamed because my models sure don’t. It is my desire that you feel something – anything.

1. Transgender
2. Man
3. Woman
4. Transgender, II
5. Woman, II
6. Man, II
7. Woman, III
8. Androgynous
9. Androgynous, II
10. Androgynous, III

TAKE FOR TIPS

IV. “Obsession”, VHS
Includes films “The Kiss” & “Feeling”, Run time: 10 minutes.

V. “Obsession”, Audio Cassette
Music, Run time: 8:32 minutes.

Download MP3 Version