Art During the Occupation Gallery is PROUD to welcome you to artist Anthony Viti’s solo exhibition, “SPANK BANK 2018,” a continuation and re-exploration of his wildly evocative series of paintings made from moving blankets. Earlier work from this series was first shown in 2015 at Leslie Lohman Project Space.
Artist Statement: In addition to the shift of prevention strategies, there is the growing movement to criminalize non-disclosure of HIV status, creating more stigma and more hurdles to talk about HIV. Within the narrowing social space for all to take responsibility for risk, I’ve chosen to give full disclosure in my work, where I explore the erotic identity of HIV positive sero-status as an act of defiance and pride. In my current work Spank Bank, I want to spur thought about sex, HIV, and its place in our lives. In this series, I work with packing blankets, whose original purpose is protective. They are soft and pliable. I would often use them in sex play. They cushioned hard surfaces and absorb fluids you might encounter during sex. These images are culled from cruising sites, manipulated in Photoshop, projected on to the blanket, then rendered by cutting the outer surface exposing the inner stuffing. Surface and interior, legibility and illegibility, objectification and cooperation that circles around notions of of vulnerability, risk, desire and a future.