tramps-l’oeil is a series of over 300 paintings intended as a call-and-response subversion of the male gaze on tumblr.
The blog was an anonymous performance, and much of the speculation by visitors failed to discern it as anything but fandom. The paintings were numbered and shared back-to-back with the source images, including cryptic titles sourced from songs, poems, and films.
The original blog is still available on Tumblr, with some source images now removed for violations with Tumblr’s new TOS.
Concept & History
Each painting appropriates a a photo of male model, drawing attention to how fashion photography as a genre itself appropriates the compositions and conventions of classical painting, while stripping them of historical context and conceptual complexity.
- over 300 paintings and drawings, primarily made on paper
- selections exhibited in Outlet’s “SFW: Male Nudes by Female Painters” in 2017