This is a pixelated color image of a shirtless young man in a black digital watch performing sign language.
Untitled (Screwing)


Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed “Printers Proof 1” in black ink, verso

Digital chromogenic print on Fujiflex High Gloss

12.25 x 9.65 inches (31.1 x 24.5 cm), image
14 x 11 inches (35.6 x 24.5 cm), sheet


Emily Pethick writes for Artforum: “‘Deaf Dude,’ 2003, comprises seventeen rephotographed images from an ’80s porn magazine, showing a cute, supposedly deaf model demonstrating sexually explicit sign language. Relaying terms like ‘blow job,’ ‘masturbation,’ ‘group sex,’ and ‘climax’ in simple hand gestures, the model speaks for the lack of a subversive radical voice from the gay community in this era of mainstream acceptance.”

Work by Dean Sameshima