HE IS NOT WHAT YOU WANT HIM TO BE' INTIMATELY EXPLORES A YOUNG MAN'S MENTAL AND PHYSICAL STATE THROUGH PERFORMANCE AND CONVERSATIONS WITH CLASSICAL IMAGERY. THE SERIES CONFRONTS THE VIEWER WITH A DISPARITY BETWEEN WHAT THEY WANT AND EXPECT FROM THE MALE BODY AND THE CONTEMPORARY REALITIES OF MASCULINITY.

POSING AS A FLUID EXPLORATION OF THE SELF, THE SERIES PLAYS OUT A TENSION BETWEEN DIRECTION AND IMAGINATION, PLACING THE VIEWER IN A STATE OF DISSATISFACTION AND A DEGREE OF CONFUSION. CONSIDERING THE STEREOTYPED AND HISTORICAL IMAGES OF MEN FROM CLASSICAL SCULPTURE TO CONTEMPORARY ADVERTISEMENTS, LEISSLE AND SHARKEY SEEK TO PROMOTE A RE-IMAGINED AND AMBIGUOUS DISPLAY OF MAN.

IT IS FULL OF DESIRE, IT IS FULL OF THIRST, BUT ITS SUBTLE IMPERFECTIONS LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE.

Leissle and Sharkey’s portraits are psychologically charged and intimate fragments, in which the images collude to distort and condition the possibility of open ended narratives with the use of the male form. The success of their collaboration is largely due to the enigmatic use of the body and the ability of this subject to draw out these possibilities of narrative, blending the cinematic with the historical - namely Greek classical antiquity. The work exceeds in its effortless weight and its ability to ask questions over dictating answers.
— Brad Feuerhelm Editor and Partner, ASX