|50.5 × 50.5 × 4.3 cm
assorted paints, cradled timber panel, phosphorescent paint, upcycled cotton
True Love Forever, 2016
Joe Hodway’s True Love series is an edition of unique screen prints depicting Batman and Robin enjoying a discreet, intimate moment while at work. When pursuing their calling in public, they must wear masks to conceal their true identities – in order to avoid hostile repercussions in their personal lives. In this instance they are blending in with the background, in order to avoid drawing attention to themselves. However, when they are alone, and the lights go out, they can reveal their true selves. In this piece, when the lights go out, a new image presents itself. It is the most famous penis in the world – that of Michelangelo’s David. David is also an icon, an archetype that similarly represents triumph over apparently insurmountable odds.
The series is inspired by a very close gay friend. In order to preserve his relationship with his family, he was compelled to present a false front, and conceal his true identity. Luckily he has good friends he was able to come out to.
True Love Conquers All is the first piece in this series to use almost exclusively salvaged paints. What is unwanted and has been unceremoniously discarded as a worthless inconvenience has been reappropriated and transformed through the alchemy of art into a desirable icon of fortitude and tenderness. Even the screen and photoemulsion used to make this series had been discarded as used and worthless by a technician in a nearby studio.
Part unique painting, and part print, each edition in the True Love series is a one of a kind work of art. Each one has its distinctly individual identity.