Suits are the predominant international uniform of men in positions of power. The suit serves as a sartorial euphemism for male authority. Does Sir dress left or right? This charming tailoring euphemism has a fascinating equivalent in radiology. The John Thomas sign refers to the orientation of a penis in an anteroposterior x-ray. Curiously the John Thomas sign will nearly always point towards a hip fracture. Hormazd Narielwalla takes discarded tailoring patterns and makes their masculinity shockingly explicit. His pattern collages of penises serve as x-rays through the suit revealing the manhood within. Does the viewer see them as proud or ridiculous? Perhaps, like the x-ray, John Thomas exposes the vulnerability a suit conceals.
July 1, 2012
July 5, 2012
collage, fragility, masculinity, penis, power, suits, male nudity, tailoring patterns, Savile Row, endownment, male dominance, collage maker