G.B.
JONES
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G.B. Jones is an openly queer, self-made in the punk rock tradition, artist, film maker, rock musician, writer and publisher of zines. The writer Kevin Killian asked, "If we call G.B. Jones the 'female Tom of Finland,' what does that say about the American fantasy of unlimited sex, power, and class privilege both artists satirize and pull apart?"



G.B. Jones has an uneasy fascination with authority and uses her gender and sexual preference to exploit fantasies of rock & roll, sex, groupies, booze, drugs, money, leather, torn jeans,motorcycles and stardom as an all out assault against values that would strive for assimilation of queer culture into the mainstream. She's every queer girl and boy's hero, whether you want her to be or not. Believe it or don't, she is looking out for every queer's best interests.




Her obsession with power, narrative, and the detailed reworking of Tom of Finland's stereotypical gay male erotica is apparent in the series of drawings titled "I am a Fascist Pig." This series recalls scenes from a dyke fantasy movie such as "Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" Here a beautiful blond female motorcycle cop is seduced by two punkrock babes, who tie her up and steal her bike. We are left to imagine that the cop was raped as the final scene leaves her tied to a tree, bare ass facing the audience, while the babes make a fast getaway.




The style the drawings take is usually casual, pencil on paper with heavy outlines and carefully rendered tits, asses, quads, biceps, et al.. and whether framed, pinned to the wall or just printed in a zine, they maintain the freshness of pages torn from a teenager's school notebook.




Kevin Killian answered his own question by saying, "The anger's bigger than the subjects it consumes and spits out." G.B. Jones herself is bigger than the subjects she consumes.



Arnold J. Kemp

 

from the "Cruising" series
1989
Pencil on paper
8.5 x 7.5 inches

 

from the
"Tattoo Girls" series
1987
Pencil on paper
9 x 7.25 inches

 

from the
"Tattoo Girls" series
1987
Pencil on paper
14 x 8.5 inches
I Am a Fascist Pig #1
1985
Pencil on paper
11 x 9 inches

 

"I Am a Fascist Pig #2"
1985
Pencil on paper
11 x 8.25 inches

 

I Am a Fascist Pig #3
1985
Pencil on paper
9.5 x 9 inches
 

 


All images courtesy: Feature Inc., NYC

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