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Energy Blow.Szekeres by Jozef-Szekeres Energy Blow.Szekeres by Jozef-Szekeres
Energy Blow.Szekeres

This artwork was created for the M.E.N recovery party that follows Sleaze Ball 08.

The M.E.N. party is a non profit party, so all the artwork I've created for them has been gratis. It was on the back of the artwork i did for the M.E.N. party following Sleaze Ball 06 that I got the job to do the 07 Mardi Gras poster.

Sleaze Ball is a Sydney Mardi Gras event. Originally created as a fund raising party for the Sydney Mardi Gras, it has grown to be a party of significance in the Sydney party event calendar.

It has been publicly said by Mardi Gras that the 3 year usage of Glen Hansons artwork was to create a brand look and awareness for the Sydney Sleaze Ball event. The idea of style branding is fine, but the non Australian artist usage is mightily flawed for a choice of the Australian brand. Surely an Australian could have done this as successfully for Sleaze Ball and the Sydney Mardi Gras committee.

I have been in discussions with Sydney Mardi Gras to create new original works "in the style of Glen Hanson" as support material for Sleaze Ball 08, with the contact and blessings of Glen Hanson. This artwork is my personal exploration of that theme.

Below is a letter I wrote to the editor around Mardi Gras this year (feb 08), but I feel it has importance now for the Sleaze Ball 08 and the poster created for it, as it has been created by the same non Australian 3 years in a row. I've edited the letter below to reflect that point.

Sydney Mardi Gras has a moral obligation to its local artists.

Who is this year’s Mardi Gras poster artist? Do we know? Do we care?

Why is it we only seem to care when it is some overseas talent like Pierre et Gilles for Mardi Gras or Glen Hanson for Sleaze Ball? Is it that we only care when we are told by Mardi Gras who they are by their press releases?

Why does Mardi Gras only report excitedly about the artists when they are not Australian? Only "BENT", a small independent magazine last year was interested in writing an article about the 29th poster artist – all our other gay papers (Sydney Star Observer, and SX) had no interest. There’s the same lack of interest again it seems for the 30th poster artist who has had such a heavy artistic responsibility for a very special year.

Please, no more with the overseas talent such as Canadian/American artist Glen Hanson. He’s very talented and very successful, and I don't begrudge him the work, but like a Pierre et Gilles poster, once was fine, twice was insulting, but three Sleaze posters in a row by Glen Hanson is criminally insulting to the Australian pool of artistic talent.

You could ask the likes of Idis Art, or Peter Skirrow (at least two Australian artists I know) or any number of established or emerging Australian gay artists who would be thrilled to take part in an official poster. But even more than that, they have shown their artwork to be of international appeal and success, yet intrinsically Australian.

Personally, I loved doing the 29th year poster and now I can look back and know that my artwork has a significant historic moment in our Mardi Gras history.

Mardi Gras is our event, an Australian event, and this 30th poster very clearly and visually shows that we as a gay community remember our history through the images of these posters.

They are literally the poster children for each year.

Let’s never forget their individual significance that helped shape our memory for each year and the hopefully Australian artists behind them, and therefore the picture they make as a whole body of work for our Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

by Jozef from Sydney (with edits 3/9/08) | 20/02/2008 12:58:30 PM printed in the letters to the editor, Sydney Star Observer.
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Catweazle01 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ... wonder-boy. The male-opposite of Wondergirl
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe ;-)
Hagane90 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Gaze upon the almighty Laser-Schlong!!!
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd need X-ray vision to see into this pink cloud..
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
For some reason, even though I'm gay, I still find gratuitous nakedness a little bit of a turn off, give me a well placed pair of skimpy briefs anyday.
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I guess the context decides whether it is gratuitous or not.

In this version of this work, though nude, you don't see any gratuitous bits.
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
yeah, good point.
katatsumuli Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2009
I'm applauding your letter too. If more people were like you, the world would be better for it. I'm also a fan of bright pink on men, so his energy makes me grin. I actually just looked at this because of the word that turned out to be your name, initially, trying to figure out why a superhero would be named Cart-maker. I'm glad I looked.
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol YAY, love the connections here...

and thank you.
MrNicholas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Student General Artist
he kinda looks like my old dance teacher... haha lolz,
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