The Changing Face of Man

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Adamo Macri visual artist at Adamo Macri Studio, Qc Canada.

“In this multi-frame artwork, the aspects of purity are prevalent, due to the overall idea of birth, and the manifestation of a new innocent microcosmic ecosystem, simulating an occurrence in nature.

The dominance of white subtle elements reflect this notion of inception from a masculine perspective, as a seed provider, which in most cases is found between his legs. The figure comes across overtly erotic and incorporated as a central focus to make this point evident. To symbolize and solidify the concept of male sexuality.

The lush elements, including the icy crystals, calcified encrustations, even the metals, hold a sense of sexual energy and desire. The will to fuse, transgress and fertilize till the embodiment of physical form arises in the flesh.

Male genitalia is a very sensitive area. It’s represented delicately in the piece for this reason.

It does represent his interior. The scrotum which holds the testes is the only feature of the male anatomy that resembles an externalized visceral organ. It’s probably less painful to poke at the liver or kidneys. What I’m stressing here is that the ‘boys’ are vulnerable.
 Most men want to be perceived as the strong capable protector. It’s a genetic predisposition. I don’t believe men nowadays are in a quandary about what defines or determines their masculinity. They lodge themselves within typical set parameters at an early age and are very well aware of both, the safety net and imprisonment aspects involved.

The struggle exists within the individual’s need for expression and the general sense of free-spirit. Having the courage to follow through with his inner voice, his will, those edgier calls that show up in time as he evolves and grows, with the potential of having to compromise a set image which was established inappropriately. Men in general are very uptight. Then there’s the classic self-imposed oppression, the fear of judgment and need for assimilation.

But in my opinion, to be a man means: Be whatever you’re about. Evolve, grow and accept change. Don’t follow a mode, or comply to a type that doesn’t accommodate your program or needs. Do so with confidence and conviction.

For me, vulnerability means pure innocence as in a state of tabula rasa. Raw intimacy with uncompromised passion. Making oneself open to criticism.

The idea of passiveness doesn’t necessarily mean powerless, provided one is aware, has control to decide and to some degree appreciates the position and balance between strong and submissive. Strong sense of self. To be an individual, a distinct brand with personalized set parameters. Strength in character, protected and respected. To be able to transition from passive to proactivity with the liberation of instinct.

My early sources of inspiration include: Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, Federico Fellini, David Bowie, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Lynch and Peter Greenaway.

I personally feel far more liberated and privileged than your average male, therefore prompted to explore concepts such as identity intuitively.

I’ve always been surrounded by strong stereotypical characters in my life. Heavy on cultural and traditional practices with an overall sense of community. As an artist its second nature to want to draw from all that. I recall from a young age, watching my uncles mimicking characters from old Spaghetti western movies, trying to resemble their idols or even Elvis. We did the same in high school, as most still do today. Cutting our hair and dressing up like our favourite rock star. My self-portraits convey notions of adopted identity, branding, bravado, narcissism, idiosyncrasies, as much as the lack of it. Also supported is the darker side of the male psyche. Hence the labyrinthine of peering masks, the unspoken and half-hidden never reaching full revelation.

My intention is for my audience to be fueled with inspiration. Feel far less inhibited. Self-willed. And proceed with girth.”

Combustus: The Changing Face of Man
Published September 27, 2011 by Combustus