J. D. Fleishman - Looking for Maya
J. D. Fleishman's photojournalistic expose of her adventures in the skin trade. With text by Black Alex, interview with Lauri Bortz, and a poem by Jeff Burns.
14 black and white photographs, 5 color
Limited edition, few left, 32 pages
"Looking for Maya" is the latest book by New York conceptual artist JD Fleishman.
"Looking for Maya" is a photojournalistic documentation of the artist's venture into the world's oldest profession. For the past two years, Fleishman has been privy to the daily operations of an elite New York City massage parlor. She's used this time and space to record the true intimacies in the life of a working girl.
With unapologetic directness, Fleishman points her viewers toward a forbidden zone, where the promise of sensuality has been well constructed. She captures the sex server in moments of candor, both at work and at play. The resulting images expose the female form in it-s sheer beauty and stark availability.
"Looking for Maya" is thirty-two pages in lengh and contains twenty photographs, fifteen black and white, five in full colour. An interview with the artist by playwright Laurie Bortz is included, as is an excerpt from the novel "Privilege" by Black Alex and a poem by Jeff Burns.
About J.D. Fleishman
J.D. Fleishman has been practicing performance art for nearly thirty years. Ms. Fleishman's actions have been seen throughout the United States and Europe, in the Middle East and in Sri Lanka. She has taught art--fine art, performance and commercial art--at various universities; among them Parsons School of Design in Manhattan, Herning Hogeskool in Denmark, and University of Utrecht, Netherlands. Fleishman is the recipient of many prestigious grants and awards, including the Pollock-Krasner and Basis Beurs. She has also been given residencies around the world, five in the U.S., three in Europe and one in Israel.
Fleishman's talents are not limited to performance art. She is a well-respected painter, photographer, sculptor, and illustrator whose work (in several capacities) has been published by Abaton Book Company.