Erotic Art by Jana Marcus

Jana Marcus

Good Vibrations is pleased and proud to feature the work of Jana Marcus at our Polk Street location.

Please join us for the Artist Reception and gallery opening of the Transfigurations show at our Polk Street store on Monday, July 10 at 7:30 pm.

What does it mean to be a man?
What does it mean to be a woman?

In Transfigurations, documentary photographer Jana Marcus explores transsexuals and their notions of masculinity and femininity. This award-winning work is a groundbreaking photographic series that shows us that gender is both real and illusory, natural and constructed.

In large black and white images with text, Marcus’ photographs shed light on the transformation from one sex/gender to another. The series also explores the importance of the body to gender identity as well as the effects of transformative practices on the body, creating a reality beyond ordinary experience.

Transfigurations was awarded the prestigious Best Photos of the Year in both 2004 and 2005 by Photo District News of New York. It was also included in The International Photography Awards 2005, the Phelan Art Award 2005, the Excellence in Photography Award from San Jose State’s School of Art & Design, and The Center for Photographic Arts Awards 2004.

For more information on Jana Marcus, Transfigurations, and to see an online sample of the exhibit, please go to:

Artist Statement
Transfigurations aims to illuminate who transgender people are, a subject which the mainstream culture has often shadowed in mystery and misunderstood. Navigating the waters of gender politics, the work also explores what comprises masculinity and femininity. The knowledge transgender people have acquired speaks to bridging a gap between the sexes. They have experienced the world from both a female and a male perspective. They have created for themselves what they believe masculinity and femininity to be, and they have found the courage to be who they believe they were born to be, despite daunting odds, ridicule, hate-crimes and murder.

What People Are Saying
“Marcus’ humane images and interview…are truly impressive and revealing, containing a universality of issues that are enlightening to every viewer. The work becomes a revealing look at the diversity of our society through the eyes and words of an underrepresented group.”
-Brian D. Taylor, Professor of Art and Design, San Jose State University

“I’m a mother and grandmother and lived all these years without knowledge of this subject. Your pictures are astounding and the subjects’ comments were heartfelt.”
-N. Caylin

“I showed your work…and we were just so moved by the images. You really capture the dignity of people with clarity and honesty. The text accompanying the images is really powerful.”
-Dennis J. Dunleavy, Ph.D., Department of Communication, Southern Oregon University


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