PHOTOS: The Art Of Hooking Up


Perception versus reality: when it comes to the world of online dating — or more accurately, online hooking-up — one can often be vastly different than the other. With only a handful of pictures and words to get your message across and no real accountability, is it any wonder we live in the age of Catfish?

Through a series of portraits, artist Sean Fader explores the casual relationships gay men have with each other and the truth in his new exhibit, Sup? From the artist:

Sup? Is a lived performance piece.  For 365 days I trolled online dating and hookup websites looking for men who interested me.  I looked at their profile and pre-visualized a portrait of who I thought they might be.  Then I contacted them and asked them out on a date. The date consisted of arriving at their home (never having met them in person)  pouring them a glass of wine, and photographing them immediately. I directed them to enact my preconceived ideas of who I imagined them to be.  After our shoot, I took them out on a date.  This allowed me to consider how I might alter my first portrait of them.   After our date, we collaborated on creating an image that we both felt represented them.

Fader’s work is part of the Denny Gallery’s The Participants exhibit in New York, through July 21. Check out more of his portraits here, some of which are — unsurprisingly — NSFW.




h/t: Huff Po

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  • Polaro

    This article was interesting, but would have benefited with 150 extra words. I was particularly confused by the text messages and am still not clear how they relate to the pictures.

  • B Damion


  • tardis

    I don’t get it.

  • Dixie Rect

    Hey Sean Fader..sounds like a complete waste of time. Or, some angle for you to get laid. Next.

  • miniskull

    “After our date, we collaborated on creating an image that we both felt represented them”…So basically we just see what these guys WANT us to see about them. Isn’t it just another online manipulation? BTW, where are those who weren’t truthful about their profile. I want to see them- not these pretentious dudes.

  • Kangol

    An interesting performance art-conceptual-photography piece. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Maybe gays a little or a lot older?

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