Book Club #81: Hole Out for the Boys by Karlo Martinez
‘Hole Out for the Boys’ is a 50-page perfect-bound portfolio of works and images from 2017 to 2022. A curated journey of sexual discovery: old and new, art and porn, erotica and romance. 21 x 30 cm. Wrapped and sealed mylar. Edition of 100. Self-published in Melbourne (Naarm). 2022.
Karlo Martinez (b. 1989) is a Melbourne-based collage artist working with mixed media. Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, he relocated to Australia in 2011 to pursue a career in architecture and explore his sexuality away from a catholic upbringing and hometown scrutiny. In Melbourne, alongside his studies and work in architecture, a tumultuous path in sexual discovery led to artistic experimentation, culminating in collage at the start of 2019.
Blending homoerotic imagery, self-portraiture, and appropriations with a restrained architectural sensibility, Martinez’s work encompasses a collection of stories, encounters, and erotic fantasies, as portrayed through an ‘oversexualized alter ego’. In doing so, his work highlights the internal conflict between the pursuit of his own artistic and sexual interests and an ingrained responsibility towards a conventional lifestyle. Unabashed, Martinez fully owns his body and desires through his artwork.