Calvin Holbrook /

© Calvin Holbrook

Seed. Shoot. Bush. Rosebud. Depending on your stance, this vocabulary could come straight out of a horticulture book or vintage gay porn flick. In 'Strange New Growths' the shared language of gay male sexuality and flora is juxtaposed in a series of collages.

Men get back to nature in more ways than one: pages from vintage gay pornographic magazines are corrupted; petals, stems, leaves and foliage encroach on the images to cover the modesty of the nude models to create a new set of germinating genitalia.

Butterflies (or mariposas, Spanish slang for faggot) make their presence felt and the life-long past-time of cruising is addressed in 'Contamination'.

In other works, flowers, traditionally associated with feminine values, are held aloft by the models – but is it as an invitation or an apology?

To Bring You My Love: I

2012. Collage, 23.6 x 21.2cm.

To Bring You My Love: II

2012. Collage, 19.5 x 17.3cm.

Stigma Stigmata

2012. Collage, 20.6 x 14.4cm.

Heavy Petal

2012. Collage, 29.7 x 21cm.

Root of All Evil

2012. Collage, 19.5 x 16.6cm.

Nice Bush!

2012. Collage, 29.6 x 41.7cm.

Waiting in the Wings

2012. Collage, 29.7 x 21.7cm.

The Watchman

2012. Collage, 27.2 x 21.2cm.

Puppet On A String

2012. Collage, 14.5 x 19.5cm.

Strange New Growths

2012. Collage, 32 x 24.5cm.

Angel Interceptor

2012. Collage, 49 x 33.5cm.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

2012. Collage, 42 x 32.5cm.

Natural Honey

2012. Collage, 35 x 25.5cm.


2012. Collage, 47.5 x 38.5cm.

Suck My Stem

2013. Collage, 21 x 31cm.

He Gives Good Head

2012. Collage, 15.5 x 21.2cm