Blake Little: Protection

December 1 - 31, 2021

Edward Cella Gallery proudly debuts a new body of work entitled Protection by photographer Blake Little at the Tom of Finland Foundation Art & Culture Festival 2021 and online at Artsy through December 31, 2021.

 

Although widely known for his award-winning photography for the entertainment industry, Blake Little has created distinctive series of in-depth portraiture of individuals in various LGBTQ communities for decades. Little explores and documents these subcultures by personally navigating networks of the people he photographs. His work reveals the unique characteristics of each sitter but also the shared common identities which draw these folks together. 

 

Starting in 2019, Protection was inspired by the photographer's visual curiosity with rubber and latex clothing and how it covers and accentuates the body. Seeking out both male and females drawn to the material and the sexual freedom it creates, Little produced a series of photographic sessions in his Los Angeles studio shooting both individuals and couples, encouraging them to express their particular fascinations and playful relationships for the camera. 

 

With hopes of creating images that reveal the visual and emotional aspects of this seductive second skin, Little became fascinated with the idea that while the outfits often conceal the body creating anonymity, the rubber enthusiasts are actually pursuing deeper human connections. The common fetishes and fascinations with the material bring these people together. 

 

In the midst of making the series, the world-wide pandemic organically created new layers of meaning and context for the project. 

  • Blake Little, Leigh #2, 2019

    Blake Little

    Leigh #2, 2019 Archival pigment print on paper mounted on dibond with acrylic face
    40 x 26 in.
    101.6 x 66.0 cm
    Notes:
    Large Print: 40 inches high by 26.5 inches wide
    Small Print: 30 inches high by 20 inches wide
    Edition of 9 in total
  • How do we navigate intimacy in this new reality when human contact can threaten your life?

    Blake Litte

  • Blake Little, Chad and Kevin, Seated Black, 2020

    Blake Little

    Chad and Kevin, Seated Black, 2020 Archival pigment print on paper mounted on dibond with acrylic face
    40 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
    101.6 x 74.9 x 3.8 cm
    Notes:
    Large Print: 40 inches high by 26.5 inches wide
    Small Print: 30 inches high by 20 inches wide
    Edition of 9 in total
  • Blake Little, Sergio Kneeling, 2019

    Blake Little

    Sergio Kneeling, 2019 Archival pigment print on paper mounted on dibond with acrylic face
    40 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 in
    101.6 x 74.9 x 3.8 cm
    Notes:
    Large Print: 40 inches high by 26.5 inches wide
    Small Print: 30 inches high by 20 inches wide
    Edition of 9 in total
  • Blake Little, Hector Pink Closeup, 2019

    Blake Little

    Hector Pink Closeup, 2019 Archival pigment print on paper mounted on dibond with acrylic face
    40 x 29 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.
    101.6 x 74.9 x 3.8 cm
    Notes:
    Large Print: 40 inches high by 29.5 inches wide
    Small Print: 30 inches high by 22 inches wide
    Edition of 9 in total
  • About Blake Little

    About Blake Little

    Born and raised in Seattle, WA in 1956, Little studied at the University of Washington and Seattle Central College where he completed his photography degree in 1984. Distinguished by intimate and honest portraits, Little has decades of commercial assignments in the entertainment industry and a short list of his celebrity portraits include Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore, Steve Carell, Samuel Jackson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Colin Powell, 50 Cent, Glenn Close, Jane Fonda, Adrien Brody and many others. His corporate clients including Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures, and Twentieth Century Fox among others. Little’s portraiture has been featured in The London Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, The Advocate, People Magazine, Time, Los Angeles Magazine.

     

    In January 2020, Little’s most current project Fluid, which documents members of the transgender, non-binary and gender fluid community opened at the University of Victoria Legacy Gallery and will travel in Canada and the US in the coming years. Little’s project, Photographs from the Gay Rodeo debuted with a solo exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis (2014) and subsequently traveled to museums including The James Museum, St Petersburg, FL (2020); Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, OK (2019); San Diego State University, San Diego, CA (2016); University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson (2015) and eight others. Little’s solo exhibitions include ARCHETYPE: Portraits by Blake Little, Stonewall Museum, Wilton Manors, FL (2016); Preservation, Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (2015); The Company of Men, Western Project, Los Angeles, CA (2011) and others. Selections of his work have been featured in in group exhibitions including Magnetic West, Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA (2020); Concealed: Portraits of LGBT Gun Owners, International Pride Awards, Sau Paulo, Brazil (2020) and International Pride Awards, Amsterdam, Holland (2019) and others. His work has been published in seven monographs: Primary (2021); Work (2017); Photographs from the Gay Rodeo (2016); Preservation (2015); Manifest (2013); The Company of Men (2011); and Dichotomy (1997). Fluid was published in the art journal Public 62: The Gender Diverse Lens Lyzanne, Saskatoon, SK and was selected a winner in American Photos Best Photos of 2020 AP37 annual. Little’s series Concealed: Portraits of LGBT Gun Owners was selected winner in American Photo AP34 and received the 2021 Lens Culture Critic Choice Award.

  • Protection to Debut at the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival 2021

    Plan Your Visit | December 4 & 5, 2021

    Tom of Finland Foundation Art & Culture Festival 
    Tom of Finland 101: Raw Anatomy

    December 4 & 5, 2021

     

    Presented at:
    Second Home
    1370 North Saint Andrews Place
    Los Angeles (Hollywood), California 90028
    https://www.tomoffinland.org/artfair/

     

    The Tom of Finland Foundation hosts the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival to hightlight the Queer erotic art community. The Festival provides a space for artists and dealers to exhibit their works and offers the public a unique opportunity to view and purchase erotic art from all over the world. Throughout the course of the weekend, the Festival hosts artists, vendors, galleries, performers, talks, panels, screenings, and awards. Tom of Finland Foundation uses funds generated from donations, memberships and fundraising efforts to protect, preserve, and promote the erotic arts and the work of LGBTQ artists.