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Tracy Nakayama

Bodybuilder & Sportsman

Vintage porn might be the last place one would expect to encounter Arcadia, but Tracy Nakayama unequivocally positions it there. Her seemingly endless series of sepia ink drawings on paper (twenty-three were shown here) are taken from the erotica of what seemed a simpler and more innocent moment of staged intimacy and are so sympathetic to their source that they approach homage. Nakayama focuses primarily on images from sex magazines whose purpose was often speciously presented as sociological, and whose softcore aesthetic is adaptable to her feminist approach (male models, for example, are usually presented with flaccid penises, rendering them less threatening). She isolates and subtly alters those sources to evoke a wistful sense of lost innocence.

Nakayama’s chosen period might have been the last time when porn was even tangentially tied to the concepts of free love and sexual experimentation

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