Rip Off, Starring Alec Mapa

Rip Off Starring Alec Mapa

oil on panel, 16″ x 12″  ||  purchase painting  ||  purchase prints

Comedian Alec Mapa has a great sense of humor, and he always leaves his audience in stitches. However, this time he may have overstayed his welcome. Ignoring the signal to depart stage left, he clings to his moment in the spotlight even as his pants make a swift exit. Alec’s not afraid to be the butt of his own jokes, but what will he do now that his butt IS the joke? Can he turn his wardrobe malfunction into the ultimate punchline, or will he simply make a swift beeline for cover?

cheesecake boys series

The Cheesecake series grew out of my fascination with pin-up art from the 40’s and 50’s. It was a more innocent time (at least on the surface), and I love the elaborate scenarios that artists like Gil Elvgren and Art Frahm concocted in order to justify disrobing their subjects. A loose nail, a doorknob, or a brisk wind would all work in a pinch, resulting in hapless models accidentally exposing their unmentionables. I’m interested in exploring how gender roles were reinforced by these artistic expressions of sexuality. It intrigues me that it was considered sexy for a woman’s skirt to be ripped off before a crowd of oglers, while the male pin-up was only exposed when he wanted to be. Times certainly have changed! Men may have had a free pass on wardrobe malfunctions in the good old days, but my Cheesecake Boys are here to even the score.
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