Sellars uses digital photography to create elegant, pseudo-figure studies focusing on G.I. Joe dolls in lieu of live models. The photos could almost be beefcake shots, if not for the fact that the subjects are made of plastic rather than flesh. The dolls, which are not anatomically accurate, are shown naked in a variety of homoerotic poses, both alone and in pairs, sort of like soft-core porn. The most amazing thing about these works is how easy it is to forget that the subjects are dolls, and instead read them as real men.
As you might expect, given the homoerotic approach here, Sellars is addressing his own gay identity. As a child, he would project his feelings on to his G.I. Joes and have the little soldiers act them out at his direction. In a way, that's the same thing he's doing with these figure studies at Pirate. While the idea of photographing naked dolls might seem like a one-liner, Sellars makes it much more. He gets as wide a range of images as he would using live models -- maybe more, because he has total control over his subjects.
With the holidays, there's just one day left to see New Work by Jimmy Sellars: the day it closes, December 26.