Stop, Shop, and Drop, Starring Dale Levitski

Stop Shop and Drop Starring Dale Levitski

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

Top Chef alum Dale Levitski loves going to the grocery store, so he thought his day was off to a great start as he perused the aisles for his favorite produce. As he approached the bus stop daydreaming about a new recipe, things took an unexpected turn. Suddenly, the reality tv start got a little more exposure than he bargained for as his pants plummeted to the ground. Now he must find a way to rectify the situation without losing hold on his grocery bags of goodies — or this could turn into a recipe for disaster!

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.