Asked by the people behind the XXX-Leather
parties Johan had a studio at the parties located next to the dancefloor
in order to photograph the party visitors.The artwork and photographs
characterise themselves by the interaction of light, darkness and
reflections. In his work he tries to capture some of the mystery
of male sexual energy, power and vulnerabilaty. Van Breukelen is
fascinated by the darker side of (homo) sexuality with all its deforming
aspects. At the same time he shows the beauty and innocence of desiring,
the search for contact and connection.
Also on display is a selection of photo prints which where exhibited
(in stock) at the Galerie Faubourg. Sadly this galery is closing
its doors 1st of November. And with it an importent podium for male
erotic art in the Netherlands. Fortunatly Mister B has build a tradition
of regular exhibitions having dedicated the walls of his Amsterdam
and Berlin shops to male erotic art with regular changes.
painter Paul Cezanne has painted and drawn the mount Sainte Victoire
in the Provence in his work for years. Still you cannot call his
work ‘mountain-art’. Just like you cant categorise the
work of Johan van Breukelen simply as ‘male-nude’ or
‘ erotic photography’. His work is just too dark and
by ingenious use of mirrors litterally too deforming.
Sometimes you can still see how well formed the bodies of the models
are, and they reflect certain beauty ideals. But in contrast to
what you frequently see in the work of artists who take ‘male-nude’
as a subject, Van Breukelen doesn’t seem to be interested
in external beauty and youth. For him beauty and youth refer to
the decline that underneath is already irrevocably going on. Naked
bodies are being represented in distorted poses, wrestling with
themselves and each other.
You could say that in much of the work suffering and the fight
between life and death is taking place. Still in the work of Van
Breukelen that doesnt seem to lead to gloominess or depression.
In his work fighting and suffering take the form of dancing and
playfullness with vulnerability and strength combined with shadows,
light and wonderful colours. This combination is the most important
influence that gives this work, certainly that of the last few years,
its exceeding and festive quality.