Size Matters, Starring Jack Mackenroth

Size Matters Starring Jack Mackenroth

oil on canvas, 24″ x 18″  ||  purchase painting  ||  purchase prints

One of the key aspects of fashion design is fit, a concept that Project Runway alum Jack Mackenroth knows all too well. As he squats down to measure a client’s inseam, the sudden draft he feels on his backside reminds him that he should have paid a little more attention to his own measurements that day. Things get cheeky as his otherwise impeccably crafted pants begin to head south, dragging his undies along for the ride. However, if a fashion designer can measure his success by the number of heads turned, then Jack and his sexy wardrobe malfunction should be Bryant Park-bound!

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.