Street Address in 1994 (Rex's work is held by the Museum but the complex and compelling. Who pay-per-night in sleaze-bag hotels where sailors, Marines, cops, and drifters lie back on stained mattresses, the smoke of their cigarettes drifting out the crack of their rooms, down to the toilet where the cracked urinal drips beer piss, and. Rather than submit to what he regarded as the resulting suffocating censorship, and increasingly depressed by the deaths from aids of nearly all his contemporaries, REX stopped publishing his work for several years. His most famous work from this period were created for the notorious and legendary New York sex club the Mineshaft. However, she acknowledges that finding an audience hasnt been easy. 111; Hooven 1993,. Im incredibly attracted to my girlfriend, Wabbel says. Thats just fine, says David Joseph, an abstract visual artist and the shows curator. Being a queer artist is easy. . (prohibited Berlin, Bruno Gmünder, 2012, isbn,. The photographer was more focused on Los Angeles whilst Rex preferred San Francisco. Mohr (Department of Philosophy at University of Illinois) struggled to find a publisher for Gay Ideas: Outing and Other Controversies (1994) specifically because it included work by Rex. Rex's drawings, made over months, defy the throw-away nature of most pure pornography and are more akin to a graphic novel, gay comics, and the Japanese tradition of shunga prints. While still in his teens he became the protégé of a fashion designer, who paid for two years of study at the. Grafton admits that his work is informed by his sexuality, but hes also interested in remaining true to himself as an artist whether that translates into gay art or not. More often than not, its the latter. The only comparable previous works of this type were the commercially made lithographic prints of George Quaintance who also independently marketed his in the early 1950s. This was presented as the only option in life for everyone, and he was relieved when he came out. The illusiveness of all the artists was deliberate because explicit sexual art, particularly homosexual in subject, was illegal, framed in vague language and enforced via contradictory judgments before the Stonewall riots.