by L.A. “Larry” Iversen
Dirty Little Secrets is an art gallery show where erotic artists from throughout the Northwest and beyond can exhibit work for show and sale during the 2019 KinkFest festival put on by the Portland Leather Alliance (PLA). The Dirty Little Secrets art gallery crew is a group of like-minded people that are passionate about art, erotica, and the Pacific Northwest. The gallery’s mission is to give local artists a venue to share their passions with the rest of the community so that we all can experience, enjoy, and enhance our own perceptions. Dirty Little Secrets is now in its fourth year and growing in incremental steps.
KinkFest is an annual, 3-day event celebrating sexual diversity, BDSM, fetish, and leather communities. There are numerous educational classes, evening play parties in a 30,000 square foot dungeon space, and a large vendor mall filled with products and services from local and national leather, fetish, and kink businesses.
Kinkfest 2019 will take place April 19th through the 21st, at the Portland Expo Center. The Portland Expo Center is Oregon’s largest multi-purpose event facility. It is conveniently located off Interstate 5 between downtown Portland and Vancouver, Washington, just minutes from Portland’s city center, as well as the Portland International Airport. Kinkfest will occupy the whole of Exhibit Hall D, which is a self-contained building, allowing for greater privacy for KinkFest attendees, and providing a larger Dungeon & Vendor Mall space.
All guests must be registered Kinkfest attendees in order to view the Dirty Little Secrets fine art gallery! In order to host the type of event Kinkfest is, the organizers require all guests to pre-register at their website prior to the event — there are no onsite ticket sales. All registrations must be received by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 11, 2019.
This year Dirty Little Secrets gallery will feature over 13 artists and will include sculpture for the first time, live art demonstrations by Christopher Mooney and Cat Cee, and an erotic video piece. Here is just a quick sampling of the art and artists who will be participating in this year’s event:
Tom Foolery started doing erotic rope bondage in 2002. He has created a large number of unique and innovative ties and techniques. Rope is a sexual and spiritual practice for him and serves as a creative and artistic outlet. He is also a photographer, capturing his own rope work and other erotic images. He enjoys doing rope bondage and suspensions in quiet indoor settings, noisy nightclubs, at Burning Man, outdoors in the woods, or off of bridges.
His style is fusion bondage. It mixes traditional Shibari with Western and Celtic influences. It is both highly decorative and functional. His suspension work is dynamic, featuring spinning and swinging.
He teaches regularly at Kink.com’s Armory Studio Series, he has given workshops at The Northwest Leather Celebration, Dark Odyssey, Kinkfest in Portland, BondCon and other events. His photographs have been featured at Cannibal Flower Shows in LA, the San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition, Seattle Erotic Art Festival, and Fanfare-LA Exhibition.
Johnny Flamethrower is a Mediterranean photo artist, currently residing in the Midwestern United States. He is best known for his erotically charged depictions of dominance and submission, which evoke a sense of tightly coiled tension, sexual power, and obscured identity. Common stylistic elements of the work are high contrast lighting and bold, saturated color, with the subject often presented in uncommonly tight framing. His primary artistic influences include: the Dutch Masters, 20th-century Surrealism, Classic Italian Cinema, Hollywood Film Noir of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. His work has been featured in The World’s Greatest Erotic Art of Today Volumes 2, 3 and 5, Skin Two Magazine, ARTundressed, the Dirty Show, and will also be on display at the 2019 Rochester Erotic Arts Festival.
Christopher B. Mooney is known in the lifestyle and kink community as professional artist in Portland, OR, currently creating figurative and erotic art works. Mr. Mooney received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Parson’s School of Design in New York. Continuing studies in portraiture workshops by Paul Missal at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR .
Throughout history we’ve been creating figurative art, Mr. Mooney finds it important to continue that inspiration as a favorite subject. Creating figurative erotic works, the subjects in each of the paintings were posed in natural light or occasionally lit with red and blue flood lights. It creates shapes of color that give the figures more ambiance and a contemporary style. He hopes the viewer will recognize the fascination of how this lighting brings out each subject’s emotional undertones, allowing their natures to rise to the surface.
Mr. Mooney likes to meet people in the community to take photographs, sketch, and create paintings, primarily in oil on canvas, to portray their thoughts and feelings, and to create an erotic atmosphere of people in their environments. His work is of the ‘old masters’ style. He always looks forward to meeting any potential models who aren’t shy about art or the artist! “I’ve created erotic works reflecting both kinky and/or fantasy-based poses, classical cuddling scenes, boudoir scenes, raw sex scenes, and kissing scenes. Artists have old habits and I need to get out from under mine. I like to create paintings as a tool to explore my sexual nature – areas of my life that need sexuality without the baggage. For me, art is a real exploration of my inner self.”
He has displayed his erotic art work at: L Alan Arts Project @ The Catalyst Art & Cultural Space; Club Privata; Sanctuary; The Dirty Show in Detroit, Michigan; PDX Kink Festival; Nude Nite Tampa, Florida; and Seattle Erotic Art Festival.
Work-in-progress which will be part of artist Christopher Mooney’s live art demo at the event.
David Rolin has been creating fine art, pan erotic photography, professionally for 37 years.
“The overall theme of my work is ‘The Essential Feminine’. I explore this thesis within the context of contemporary social taboo, gender issues, fetish tradition, personal rituals, and more. Each shoot seeks to examine these issues through the commentary unique to that subject. I work with both males and females in a collaborative, boundary sensitive, and non-judgemental process. The sharing of their personal truth contributes the element of authenticity in our work together.”
David describes his studio protocol as very improvisational, relaying on combined intuition, spontaneity, and candor between model and photographer. To him the roles are those of creative partners working in collaboration rather than that of the traditional director/model. David says, “I consider each shoot to be a singular life event during which I seek to find the creative resonance between the subject and myself.”
M.Martinez is a photographer interested in the power of imagery. M is fascinated by how people take in photography and the feelings it can stir. The projects created by M are a collaboration with the subject and are done with intention, rooted in subtlety, and are often driven by a desire to diversify the media that we are presented with everyday in the world.
El Mundo Jaspeado, is a fine art series inspired by M’s desire to see a broader representation within the figurative artistry of the human form. The series is intended to grant a glimpse into the beauty of the human form; it features men, women, and couples from the northwest. These people share their strength, beauty, and connection to one another. Framed prints of her favorite images will be on display, accompanied by prints from additional projects like “Curves” and “Immersed”. To see more of this series and other works by M.Martinez, visit Crescent Shine Consignment Shop on N. Killingsworth St. M also has work on display at the Morpho Gallery in Chicago until May 1st.
A photographer who moved from an eclectic sort of work to one of kink and surreal imagery. The photography is meant to stimulate both mind and body of the viewer. Perhaps even to induce the question of what was the meaning of all this. Esibizionistaart lives in Utah but travels the world.