I love LA.
Los Angeles has long been my favourite city - and that, for more than just one reason.
It's the location (Pacific Ocean on one side - Mountains, deserts, and lakes, on the other), the climate and vegetation (the only place I know in the world where it gets neither too hot in the summer nor too cold during the winter. It's also one of the very few places in the world where I - suffering from bad cases of hay fever and other pollen allergies - am totally allergy free!), the eclectic mix of architecture (where else in the world do you get Lloyd-Wright, Gehry, and Neutra, literally side by side?), the sense of space (they say LA isn't a city for cycling - well, I say it's the city for cycling, for nowhere in the world are the sidewalks wider with fewer people on them than in LA!!!), and last but not least - it's the World Capital of the movies: porn and legit! And it just so happens that I'm a fan of both: (vintage) porn and classic Hollywood films!
I myself am most fascinated by the Los Angeles of the 1920s/30s, when the city was experiencing a massive boom due to the film industry which was gaining ever more in (economic) importance. But I'm equally intrigued by the Los Angeles of the 1960s/ 70s for a variety of the reasons: It was the time when American Film was at an all-time peak (Network, Klute, Chinatown, Marathon Man, The Godfather, Coming Home, The Deer Hunter, Rosemary's Baby, etc. etc.) plus it was also the moment which due to sexual liberation, heralded the rise of the porn industry, gay and straight.
Few artists have encapsulated the spirit of Los Angeles such as it was during the 1960s and 70s as the gay British - then Los Angeles based - artist David Hockney did. This very period coincided with the rise of a number of iconic porn studios, among them COLT. Founded by Rip COLT aka Jim French, he launched his company in the late 1960s and head-quartered it in the San Fernando Valley (today considered to be the largest conglomeration of porn studios - gay and straight - in the world!), though Jim French himself lived in the Hollywood Hills. Where else.
The City of Berlin/ Germany, is currently hosting an exhibition, called PACIFIC-STANDARD-TIME which is about art in Los Angeles between 1950 and 1980. Needless to say, a major focus of the exhibition is the work of David Hockney which, to me, has a lot in common with the work of Rip COLT which once again goes to show how close to porn art can be ... or was it the other way round?
David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967
David Hockney, John St. Clair, Swimming, 1972
David Hockney, Peter Getting out of Nick's Pool, 1967
David Hockney, Lithograph of Water Made of Thick and Thin Blue Lines, 1979-80
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For details on the exhibition PACIFIC-STANDARD-TIME at Berlin's glamorous Martin Gropius Building, click HERE.
This blog is about COLT men and models from all periods, starting with the studio's foundation in 1968 with a pronounced focus on the 1980s. On occasion, though, you'll find the odd post that contains non-COLT content. This blog is for adult audiences only. All men depicted on The Men of Colt Blog are at least 21 years of age or older.