Well Rounded Pieces: inkedKenny at Galerie Dentaire
Tattoos, hair, sweat, beards, smokin’ and tough-looking men are this photographer’s stock in trade. Based in Toronto, inkedKenny will be showing off a slew of boner-inducing dudes that populate his textured, sexually charged works. With a vernissage is August 13, at Galerie Dentaire.
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Based in Toronto, with frequent trips to NYC where he is the art director for martial arts clothing company X-gear, inkedKenny has carved out a niche as one of the hottest homo image-makers in Canada. Readers may recall seeing a couple of Kenny’s sexy beasts in the February issue of 2Bmag, but now he’s back in full force. For his first solo show in Montréal, inkedKenny will be including a few lovely ladies for the first time, as well as showing off a slew of boner-inducing dudes that populate his textured, sexually charged works. Although the show’s vernissage is August 13, it technically opens on Kenny’s 44th birthday, three days before.
“It’s gonna be a nice well-rounded piece of the direction I’m going and what inspires me to photograph men,” inkedKenny says, reached by phone on a break from a roof-top photoshoot in Toronto. It’s only his third year shooting for a living, but this camera-toting bundle of testosterone has the eye and the talent of a seasoned pro. In addition to having works in group shows like Toronto’s 10×10 and Montréal’s ARTsida, Kenny was recently scouted by Bruno Gmünder for their upcoming BRAVE and Turned on Tattoos anthologies. One of the models he recently shot in Montréal will be featured in the German erotic publisher’s 2012 Hair calendar, which has him just one step away from getting his own book. “It’s a process but I’m getting there. You’re always your worst critic,” Kenny confides.
For the vernissage, there’s a chance you will get to see a few of his models in the flesh, something inkedKenny says adds to the feeling of the opening being more of an event. “I know quite a few people in Montréal, like bar tenders, who help me find people. In Montréal it’s a lot easier to find people, whereas Toronto is more conservative and it’s the hardest place to find models,” he says, echoing a long-standing belief in the difference between the two cities. But it’s odd that models would be hesitant, since Kenny is adamant that his works are not as overtly pornographic as one might expect: “I don’t like to shoot guys with rock hard dicks. Better to show some bare ass, butt crack and big bulges. It’s sexier to be more suggestive,” which is part of what’s allowed Kenny’s work to easily be shown in bars like Toronto’s Black Eagle, as well as in galleries like Dentaire and the White House Studio Project for Toronto Pride, which featured Montréal artist (and tattooed Adonis), Gô.
Opening during Montréal’s Pride week is a smart move, as is keeping the show up till early September so that it can be enjoyed over Fetish Weekend by new legions of Inked Kenny fans. “Everything in the show will be very sexual,” inkedKenny assures us, promising to “push the envelope with the fetish content,” which is sure to make gallery-goers happy, and perhaps, a little horny.
Check out more of Inked Kenny at www.inkedkenny.com
On display at Galerie Dentaire, Aug 10-30th.
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