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How SVA Student Ryker Allen is Redefining Queer Masculinity

From Out magazine: “’I would suck out the juice and leave behind the pulp,’ begins 19-year-old queer artist Ryker Allen in Citrus, a spoken word video reflecting on the first time he told a boy, ‘I love you.’ The short film features grainy clips of an unnamed boy eating orange slices, one-by-one, set against Allen's soft, nostalgic narration. ‘Sweet on my lips, but tart on my tongue,’ he continues. ‘This is the way I would consume my citrus,’ speaking to the way his lover consumed his emotions as machine-like and habitual as eating the juicy orange-colored fruit.

Allen's brief, minute-long video echoes his larger practice, which centers on dismantling traditional notions of queer masculinity. Much like Citrus, the NYC-based artist's film photography dissects his own intimate experiences by using boys he's previously dated as inspiration. Though contemporary, Allen's work bares an underlying admiration and understanding of the past, as if it's lifted from vintage magazines. His coloring is typically warm and sun-faded—his queer subjects presented in candid poses, more like personal photo-documentation than anything consciously editorial…” (For the full story, a Q&A, video and more photos, click here)

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