Reluctant Nudes negotiates the ambivalence and distance of gay digital culture with the room it creates for instant fantasy, and intimacy. I have the freedom reimagine these boys that come to my studio just as quickly as they are reimagining themselves. . . appropriating poses from tumblr, classical statues, album covers, physique magazines, bulging dads in briefs in a Sears ad. . . In these moments, there is this potential for real and imagined desires to coexist with these markers of a queer past, reactivating those past gestures and desires that were thwarted and maligned in some capacity or another.