Maximilian Koppernock


Matthew Cronin

Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Michael Young - Reclining Cowboy

Oct 06, 2021

“Hidden Glances” is a series of photographs made from vintage gay pornography calendars published during my “lost years” – from when I was beginning to recognize my sexuality as a youth until I came out in 2000. These images are hand cut, layered and then photographed. By eliminating the presence of exposed skin in the top layer, one muscular silhouette becomes a window that both reveals and conceals parts of another month’s figure.
The use of calendars is strategic; they chronicle and mark time. In my case they represent a long period in my life when others assumed I was straight, or I was told that being gay was wrong and being heterosexual was the only acceptable way to be. Ironically, the men in these calendars portray sexualized (for that time period) heterosexual archetypes that many in the gay community had appropriated. These “manly” men that society was trying to train me to become ultimately became the men I longed to look at and galvanized my true identity.
In essence, the work is a visual compression of those years when I wanted to look at other guys but could only risk taking quick glimpses because I was afraid that my gaze would linger too long and my homosexuality exposed.