by JC Gonzo
The original “Light/Dark” from Abramovic & Ulay’s “Relation Work” performance piece series:
The prolific artist has created much controversy as a journalist in Russia. He was considered “malicious,” “sexually perverse,” and accused of “open and deliberate contempt for generally accepted moral norms” and promoting “propaganda of brutal violence, psychic pathology, and sexual perversions.” He was forced to leave Russia after facing possible imprisonment for up to seven years.
He has translated works from Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs to Russian, & has various published works of his own including two photographic series “Lost Boys” and “NYC Go-Go.” As an actor, he has been featured in a film from Bruce LaBruce as well as Laura Colella.
From the “Lost Boys” series:
Here is some collage work:
As an artist of various mediums, Mogutin states his hyper-sexual work explores “shame” by being “shameless.” He states, “I’m so fascinated by old, pre-AIDS porn, where sex captured on film wasn’t so mechanical, emotionless, plastic… I enjoy photographing people in vulnerable, intimate situations, like a guy sniffing another guy’s armpit, a boy with a cucumber up his ass, or German skinheads spitting and pissing on each other.”