After matching on Tinder, Brooklyn-based artist Alexandria Lira informs swipers that she’s interested in photographing them. Lira then captures nude or partially nude scenes of her matches sprawled out in beds, chairs or couches. These scenes are then printed on large-scale canvases and painted with oils. Lira chooses the color palette for the painting based on the emotional temperature she reads from the subjects. Each resulting portrait carries an intimacy that most will understand—it’s an honest investigation of contemporary sexual experiences.
For F*CKBOYS, at East Hampton’s Roman Fine Art, Lira pairs her paintings with an object from the scene within. All of the images carry inquisitorial respect. And from the framing to the process behind the sitter, there’s something so relatable to the images—a sense of strange familiarity. Only, Lira’s exploration here is defined by a talent that’s uniquely hers.
F*CKBOYS runs through 20 May.
Images courtesy of Roman Fine Art