Updated: Aug 4
The Instagram creative who goes by the name 'j33zzz' is blowing up the virial world with his arse artistry. The 25-year-old from Montreal proudly defines the male anatomy through his queer, creative photo series, and they have become online art sensations. Expressing sexuality and freedom j33zzz's storytelling visuals come to life on screen, in a Modèle interview he outlines how he's created arse artistry.
What has your journey been like so far, building yourself as an artist? My imagination is pretty fertile, I've never looked into being an artist but I'm more into expressing myself in a different way and I'm not afraid to do it. I've started with fashion, creating conceptual looks and taking pictures of them then started mixing that with barbie/ken doll in action movement vibe but it would always create gender trouble. I'm trying to keep people considering difference and to force the gender redefinition. You have to understand that this photo is not singular, but comes with a series of other photos that together make my page what it is.
What have been the most cherished moments within your growth as a creative? I would say the coronavirus photo out did it, it became a meme everywhere and the world buzzed about it online, other than that I couldn't think of a particular moment as I'm very busy doing a lot of other things.
How do you try and distinguish your individuality in your work? My ass is the difference! Haha, I also usually think of a caption before creating a picture. The pictures I usually take only require a few minutes. But the mind behind is an experience in its way. Also, I love a beautiful background. Also, everything is in the angle.
What messages are you trying to explore in your work? A constant source of inspiration is to question the place of sexuality, in our choices and actions and gay culture continually inspires me, be it for the photos themselves or the captions. I would also say that it combines deconstruction of gender and open-mindedness — well, that's what I try to do. I understand that it can be difficult today to wade in both humour and inclusiveness and plurality, especially when you like to deconstruct by stereotyping.
Your artistry comes from your clever use of the human anatomy, how does this break ‘normal’ & conventional artistry work? You look at it and tell me why, cause form me it is starting to be normal to have breakfast ass up on the table, to be honest!!! Explain what first inspired you to create art out of your body? Kim Kardashian's emphasis on her buttocks over the last few years, as well as her feminine power, has always been a useful and rewarding tool for me to show the male body in an atypical way. Nature has spoiled me well — at least I think so! But the question is, with the number of naked men's and women's bodies that surround us today, should I be afraid or is it not rather a question of personal choice and modesty? Every personal choice is respectable regardless of how they present themselves. For my part, I like to do it in a creative and thoughtful way according to my environment and the social culture that surrounds me.
Where do you see yourself and your artistry in a years time? I have absolutely no idea, I’m doing this for fun and to express myself. For sure I love knowing that people like what I do, but I first do it for myself and to show people differences in a beautiful, awkward, sexy & funny way. Have there been moments in your creativity where you've been stereotyped because of your style & technique, explain what happened? I surely have been, but being gay always has taught me to not care what others think of me. As long as I'm proud and respect myself in what I do.
How did you manage to combat those stereotypes? The absurd being defined as the opposite of reason or common sense; absurd humour always has a second degree that requires a certain level of critical reflection that isn't available to everyone. Where do you see yourself & your artistry in 1 years time? I have absolutely no idea, I’m doing this for fun and to express myself. For sure I love knowing that people like what I do, but I first do it for myself and to show people differences in a beautiful, awkward, sexy & funny way.