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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.
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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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:iconcatweazle01:
Catweazle01 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah ... wonder-boy. The male-opposite of Wondergirl
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Maybe ;-)
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:iconhagane90:
Hagane90 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2009
Gaze upon the almighty Laser-Schlong!!!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
You'd need X-ray vision to see into this pink cloud..
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
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.
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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.
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Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
yeah, good point.
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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.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
lol YAY, love the connections here...

and thank you.
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:iconmrnicholas:
MrNicholas Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009  Student General Artist
he kinda looks like my old dance teacher... haha lolz,
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Great, where does he teach?
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:iconmrnicholas:
MrNicholas Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2009  Student General Artist
i dont know now cos he moved but its somewhere in england.. lolz, :)
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axelalonso Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
I saw a poster invitation of this hunk hero at the comicon in the past! :wow: And you did the work! Thats Fantastic! :nod: :+fav: why is the energy pink..flavor choice perhaps? ;p
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
No sure to which image you're talking about. This artwork was created in September for a Sleaze Ball recovery party, and Sleaze Ball itself was on the 4th October.

The energy is pink as this was inspired by the official Villains Lair Sleaze Ball poster by Glen Hanson. The energy enveloping the hero in that poster is pink... possibly pink power.
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Delta-Two Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
very impressive
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. x
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DSil Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Student General Artist
Heh. "Sleaze Ball".
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:iconpiatnitskysaurus:
Piatnitskysaurus Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2009
Sounds like a kind of asian dumpling, huh?
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
You should see the original version with the see through pink smoke....heheheh

If you go to the recovery party this was created for...you will.
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firefly8083 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Dang! Look at the muscles on him! very nicely done hun!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank kindly.

He's a hero, so he probably works out.
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firefly8083 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
You are welcome! :D

and you are prolly right!! tee hee
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
this is so yummy!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

The original version with the see through smoke is even yummier.
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:iconfaerywitch:
faerywitch Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
:) I can imagine, is there any place where we can peek at it?
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Just look around the energy smoke... ;-)
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Ennaedwyn Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
AHHH! Love it! So very tongue and cheek!
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, the energy was building when creating it.
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:iconennaedwyn:
Ennaedwyn Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
lol!
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:iconomrikoresh:
OmriKoresh Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
and it's pink!

he reminds me of wonder woman.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
But of course, all gay energies are some shade of pink
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:iconismaelalvarez:
ismaelalvarez Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional General Artist
So sensual, love it :)
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much. x
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joeiepaul Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
wonderful artwork, I applaud, and the letter even better...
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and thank you.

;-)
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joeiepaul Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
:kiss:
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redLillith Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
excellent work as always! :) and I personally have no problem with the ehrm . .. lack of apparent apparel. :lol: seems rather obvious and appropriate all things considered!

and bravo on that letter! goodness knows, I resent that sort of thing myself. when there is a variety of local talent to be tapped, why keep going elsewhere? sort of alienates the community the event is for a bit, doesn't it? 3 is definitely too much! hopefully your letter hits home and starts some re-thinking of the poster artists for next season. ;) good luck hun!
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you. There is another version that has see thru smoke, and there is one other clothing item that is not shown in this version. Perhaps best left to the imagination on Deviantart.

When this letter in it's original form was published in the Sydney gay papers, there was a flood of calls I got from other Australian artists that were so happy that I had given voice to their own upset over this issue. The article came out when my work was exhibited in a group exhibition during Mardi Gras, so I pinned it next to my artwork for people to read when looking at the work.

I'd have thought this letter would forever end future relations with Mardi Gras but I will give credit that the Art Director of Mardi Gras still does communicate with me on occasion and has asked me to be available to do some support work for Sleaze. I'll be interested to see what comes of this.
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redLillith Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
you are welcome! ^_^ and I bet those versions are equally as wonderful as this one. ;)

how cool is that! bet they all viewed you as a minor hero/godling for writing and sending it in in the first place. ;) it takes real guts to buck the establishment when they are being jackasses.

and that shows that the art director is no dummy. ;) good deal! that means you will still have some impact in the events . . even if it is "just art" that is what the public sees first. :excited:
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Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks.

I'm not frightened to be a voice when I feel a need that voice be heard. I'll admit that it's sometimes to my detriment to be that way, but I live by those choices.

It looks I'll be doing something for Sleaze ball 08 after all... more on that here later.
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redLillith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
you know, I've always felt it was a good way to be. no one's doormat, no matter what the cost later. being true to oneself is important too, especially when you are out in the eyes of the public as artists often are.

ooh! that is good news. :D can't wait to hear/see more on it.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, and thank you.
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redLillith Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2008
:)
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:iconmcfeceface:
McFeceface Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
what kind of homo would not were pants like that?
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well...it's sort of the energy generated in this area... he's not really wearing anything that's visible, in this version anyway... I think it'd make a nice hero costume for Sleaze Ball.
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:iconmcfeceface:
McFeceface Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
make one of a pregnat girl giving birth out her butt.
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
Well..., you thought of it ("a pregnat girl giving birth out her butt") first, so I'll let you attempt it first.

;-)
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McFeceface Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
[link] already did
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:iconjozef-szekeres:
Jozef-Szekeres Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008  Professional Traditional Artist
well, I'll have to check my schedule...
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:iconmcfeceface:
McFeceface Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
mind if i add you as a friend?
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