The Bricks I’ve Played With

This collection is available through Circus of Books

Samuel Hatmaker

Summary of Exhibition

As a child of the 80s, growing up in a small Midwest town, I had to invent my own erotica. Depictions of naked men were like unicorns, mysteriously alluring yet impossible to find. With the tools around me, I created outlets for my sexuality and longing: I drew comics with aroused men; I added Silly Putty penises to GI Joe and Ken dolls; I built LEGO robots with giant brick cocks.

In the digital age, “dick pics” are ubiquitous. Men use hi-resolution close-ups of their genitals as greetings and profile photos, whether we like it or not. These exposures are today’s currency of (gay) male desire.

In this collection, I’m merging two realities: the pure play of my burgeoning sexuality and the crass close-ups meant to spark—and obscure—longing. LEGO is the perfect bridge, reflecting both a simple toy’s call to imagination and the pixelated form through which we detail the world online. From youth to adulthood, from rarity to saturation, from shame to pride, from analog to digital, from past to present, from toy to art… these pieces reflect a journey.

Support – 3653 Pieces (2020)

30” X 30”

LEGO

By The Pool – 4344 Pieces (2019)

30” X 30”

LEGO 

2 Hearts – 4198 Pieces (2021)

30” X 30”

LEGO

Tasting for 2 – 4951 Pieces (2021)

30” X 30”

LEGO

X Marks The Spot (Wish I Was Here) (2021) – SET OF 4

↗️ Rock Hard – 1619 Pieces

↘️ Floppy – 1540 Pieces

↖️ Talent – 1722 Pieces

↙️ Filler – 1593 Pieces 

30” X 30”

LEGO

Princely Beauty – 1486 Pieces, 2020

15” X 15”

LEGO

Whiskey & Cigarettes 1254 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Cherub in Summer 1184 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Perfectly Unrequited 1784 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Blowjob 1641 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Blueballs 1764 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Bent Over 1462 Pieces, 2021 

15” X 15”

LEGO

Unsolicited 1677 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Aligned 1602 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

Twin Towers 1509 Pieces, 2020

15” X 15”

LEGO

Astride 1597 Pieces, 2020

15” X 15”

LEGO

Camping 1673 Pieces, 2021

15” X 15”

LEGO

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