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March 23, 2012

Dan - RAD series

Matthew Ivan Cherry 
Dan (grid) - RAD series
36" x 36" ea

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Dan w Full Beard (6 months) - RAD
36" x 36"
Oil on Canvas

Matthew Ivan Cherry
Dan w Friendly Chops - RAD
36" x 36"
Oil on Canvas



Matthew Ivan Cherry
Dan w Horseshoe/Hulk Hogan - RAD
36" x 36"
Oil on Canvas


Matthew Ivan Cherry
Dan Shaved - RAD
36" x 36"
Oil on Canvas




RAD

The act of modifying one’s face to meet a standard of appropriateness by shaving is not so different than other forms of body modification...it is just one that main-stream culture has adopted as "professional" and/or aesthetically pleasing and/or appropriate.

Over the course of history men with facial hair have been ascribed attributes with polar opposite distinctions; on one hand being wise, virile, masculine, holy; and on the other; wild, untamed, dirty, of ill repute, or a part of sub-culture and/or radical intent. 

It is the very notion of what is “radical” that intrigues me. 

On one side you have men in radically conservative and/or religious factions such as; Eastern Christians, Franciscans, Amish, Indian Hindu sadhus, Yogis, Orthodox Judaism, Islamic sects, and Sikhs who grow beards as signs of holiness and reverence. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum you have men in in subculture contexts like; bikers, rockers, hippies, bears, tree huggers and people of the streets. 

Both sit on opposite side of the masses of mid-stream men; from doctors to lawyers, businessmen to Mormon missionaries, who have adopted the shaved face as what is becoming, professional, and aesthetically appropriate. 

For this reason I have become intrigued by those who sport a beard for my series RAD (short for radical).

If you are a dude and are wearing a beard and are willing to modify or document the growth from a clean shaven face to full growth...or if you change the style and are willing to document it for me...please email me to contribute to the project and I will add your face to my RAD series.

All you brothers out there...I need a minimum of 4-8 versions of beards per dude. 

They will hang in grids or lines of 4 per subject.

"LEND ME YOUR bEARdS…show me your RADical"