'Through his injection of art, color, collage and editing, Hans' images take on an urgency and produce an energy and sound that cannot be ignored.'
The quote above is one I wrote to describe a collection of images photographer Hans Fahrmeyer was putting together for his newest book. The images consisted of vibrant and colorful photo edits Hans had created using his original images as inspiration for artistically inspired collages.
Collage has always been a staple of art, something most of us learned as kids in art class. We all at one point cut out pictures from magazines and glued them on poster board using color, design and text to represent a message or theme.
When I was looking for new work of Hans to feature, I was struck by the evolution of his presentation of the male form. Over the last four plus decades, Hans imagery has taken on an urgency, become more intense, louder, pushing boundaries with both themes and his presentation.
Hans has always weaved in elements of sculpture and classic poses, but even through the various changes, Hans' images maintain a classic feel in his raw presentation of the male form.
This series of images consists of work shot between 1988 and 1992. With the exception of the models hair, which in some shots, certainly speaks to decade shot, the images have a pure and timeless quality. It is fascinating however to look for small clues that give away the time they were taken.
There appear to be far fewer tattoo's, fuller eyebrows, higher jeans, bigger hair, and virtually no hair on other parts of the body whatsoever. Hans' early work was often shot in black and white without many props, just a plain background with a clear focus on pose and the male form.
My Actors & Skin feature is one of my favorite pieces to put together on FH. Trying to cover all of an actor's uncovering however, can be time consuming. I spent an hour going through one of Tim's movies on Youtube looking for a nude scene only to discover later that it was edited version for television. I don't usually plan or think much about which actors I'm going to feature, they usually find a way of letting me know. Last week, actor Tim Matheson gave me the sign.
Animal House (1978)
One of my favorite current TV dramas is The Good Fight. I love the characters, the fast pace and especially the writing. Although the entire season has aired, I'm a little behind, and am only a few episodes in to season 2. One of the things I love best about the show is the guest cast and this season, Tim Matheson is playing Tully Nelson, who in the episode I watched last week was featured in a few shirtless bedroom scenes with Diane. (Christine Baranski)
A couple of days later, Animal House was playing on my 70's themed movie channel and between Tim's two appearances, I knew he should be next in line to skin. I actually have a love / hate relationship with Animal House. I hated the movie when I was a kid. My older brother loved it, and always managed to get my father to let him rent it as one of the two movies we were allowed to rent on Friday nights. I didn't appreciate the humour when I was a kid, and still have to admit John Belushi, is my least favorite part of the film.
But... I did manage to watch the first half hour or so, up until Tim's quick butt flash. I didn't really appreciate Tim at the time, I think when I was a kid I think I thought the cutest guy in the cast was Tom Hulce. When I re-watched lat week, lets just say I gained a new appreciation for Tim, especially in his toga. He is sexy as hell in the film, and I found myself wishing I was the Dean's wife Marion Wormer...
Tim Matheson has had an incredible career. A child actor in the 60's, a teen idol in the 70's, a film and TV star in the 70's, 80's, 90's and beyond. Tim Matheson has appeared in class shows including Leave it to Beaver, My Three Sons, Bonanza and Life With Lucy, through roles on Tucker's Witch, Wolf Lake, The West Wing and Heart of Dixie. On screen, he's appeared along side Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball in Your's Mine and Ours, with Chevy Chase in Fletch and films as diverse as 1941, Van Wilder and Magnum Force through Drop Dead Fred and Up The Creek.
Although Tim continues to appear in front of the camera, he also works behind it, directing movies and television shows. Some of Tim's directing work can be seen on Heart of Dixie, Lucifer, The Last Ship, Taken, Person of Interest and White Collar. Beginning in 1961, Tim has worked steadily on film and television carving out one of Hollywood's most successful careers.
Since first seeing Tim Matheson's perfect backside flashed briefly in Animal House, I wondered where else his it may have made an appearance... I believe Tim had just three nude scenes, showing his butt again in a great scene in 1984's Impulse and another brief flash as he dives naked into a swimming pool in 1195's Midnight Heat.
One of his earliest skin scenes wasn't a nude scene, but the 19 year old Matheson did have a shirtless scene in 1968's Yours Mine and Ours. In the scene, Time is inspected by Tom Bosley after being drafted. Tim was briefly shirtless a couple of other times in the film that also featured Ben Murphy in a small role.
A Little Sex (1982)
Despite the teasing title, there was no nudity from Tim in A Little Sex, but plenty of shirtless scenes.
Midnight Heat (1995)
The softcore thriller 'Midnight Heat' features plenty of boobs, but we do get a brief glimpse of Tim as he jumps into the pool. \Tim was approaching 50 during the making of the film, and, was still looking mighty fine!
The best view of Tim's toosh is in 1984's Impulse co-starring Meg Tilly.