Art & Design

Chicago Artist Isabelle McGuire Elevates Crush Porn in These Strange Art Films (Watch)

Art & Design

Chicago Artist Isabelle McGuire Elevates Crush Porn in These Strange Art Films (Watch)

Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Top: Lydia Friedman, Shorts: Taylor Larned, Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Shorts: Taylor Larned, Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Top & Pants: Carley Callis
Pants: Carley Callis
Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Dress: Lydia Friedman
Dress: Lydia Friedman, Shoes: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire
Shirt: Jesse Clark
Shirt: Jesse Clark
Shirt: Jesse Clark
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Photography: Matt Rutt
Art Direction: Matt Rutt & Isabelle McGuire

There’s an entire world of people who get off to crush porn, but with that niche attraction comes a sea of outsiders who scoff at the polarizing fetish in fearful disgust. For Chicago-based artist Isabelle McGuire, this unusual genre became the catalyst for her practice, inspiring hours spent scrolling through YouTube and Facebook to uncover videos and photos that featured uninhibited crushing.

“At first, I was interested in it because of how people reactive to it, usually confused, intrigued or horrified,” McGuire said. “Crush is definitely a taboo and to me, that makes it even sexier.”

This is something McGuire said reflects the work she’s always made in her young career, centered on similar video tropes surrounding social mythologies and political structures.

“Crush has a subversive tendency, due to its exaggerated gender performances and its explicit fetishization of commodities,” she said. “I am attracted to more amateur or homemade videos that reenact tropes in female gender.”

We asked McGuire to create a BULLETT-exclusive series that showcases the dynamic range of her work. For the project, she partnered with Chicago photographer Matt Rutt, whose own practice similarly approaches tropes seen in daily life. His visions examine and expose familiarities through eroticizing norms, McGuire said.

See the series’ photos above, featuring the artist destroying a bag of red wine on the beach, and stream two short films, below. Relax and enjoy—it’s perfectly normal to feel sad, angry, scared, fascinated or horny while viewing.

 

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