Utopia Centerfolds at Play

Brandon Isralsky, Ina Jang, Dean Sameshima
Brandon Isralsky, Ina Jang, Dean Sameshima, 2019
Saddle stapled book, waxed poster cover
Utopia Centerfolds at Play: Brandon Isralsky, Ina Jang, Dean Sameshima
Publisher: Convoke
Dimensions: Book — 9 x 12.75 inches, Poster — 36 x 25 inches unfolded
Pages: 64 pages
ISBN: 9780999782125
$ 40.00
Dean Sameshima Limited Edition
Utopia Centerfolds at Play: Brandon Isralsky, Ina Jang, Dean Sameshima
Publisher: Convoke
Dimensions: Book — 9 x 12.75 inches, Poster — 36 x 25 inches unfolded
Pages: 64 pages
$ 150.00
Ina Jang Limited Edition
Utopia Centerfolds at Play: Brandon Isralsky, Ina Jang, Dean Sameshima
Publisher: Convoke
Dimensions: Book — 9 x 12.75 inches, Poster — 36 x 25 inches unfolded
Pages: 64 pages
$ 150.00

Utopia Centerfolds At Play brings together three artists' projects - Brandon Isralsky's Centerfolds and Fuckboys, Ina Jang's Utopia, and Dean Sameshima's Young Men At Play - to constellate explorations of censorship, ephemera, and sexuality across gender and social spectrums. While each artist's work employs unique visual strategies, they all begin with culturally specific, appropriated images of the body, which they treat to speak to their current perspectives, connecting geographies, nationalities, and ethnicities. The book features a uniquely designed fold-out cover that doubles as a poster as well as a must-read introduction by Mizz Even.

 

Limited Edition: Dean Sameshima

Sameshima's masterful hand boldly splashes itself across his Utopia Centerfolds At Play  limited edition cover. Silkscreening one of his iconic Young Men At Play images on the book's cover literally brings the marginal spaces of representation for male-male desire in 20th century American print to the forefront. 

 

Limited Edition: Ina Jang

Jang's playful whimsy strikes again on her Utopia Centerfolds At Play limited edition by inserting five transparencies loosely into the book creating a fun and dynamic intermingling of the nude, representation, art and commerce, and social hierarchies. Four images are taken from the book's edit and the fifth is a never-been-seen image from Jang's project Utopia.

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