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Queer erotic artist Sam Morris is often called the modern-day Tom of Finland. Like his predecessor, Sam Morris’ work is stylized, fetish art that depicts the quintessential gay male. However, in his films, streamed via his website, Morris embraces masculinity while also recognizing a man’s inherent femininity. “Wearing masculinity as an outfit to conform is not healthy,” he argues. “Men should express both sides of their personalities freely, without prohibition, how and when they wish.”

The main message in his work is that the body and sex can be explored in a beautifully artistic way without being smutty or cheap.

Morris will in NYC on Sunday, December 1, to take the stage at Club Cumming, where he will present poetry he has written over the years, as well as speak his views on erotica and censorship—all while nude.

We spoke to him from his home in Berlin.

How does your work reflect the modern definition of masculinity?
I think masculinity nowadays is way more flexible and sensitive. I’ve shot guys who are super hairy, with beards and tons of testosterone, but who have a sensitive smile and painted nails. It makes them sexier, more relatable, than the hyper-masculine version of a man we’re so used to seeing.

Past gay generations equated manliness with muscles. Has that changed?
I think people are less scared to fit into what are deemed to be appropriate gender categories now. There’s more room for natural self-expression, and I think that’s great.

How do you identify?
It changes a bit. I guess I’m a cis gay man, but I’m not afraid to fuck with gender and queer it up.

What drew you to erotic art?
It was a way for me to express myself both artistically and sexually. I overcame boundaries within myself through creating the work that I do. The male form has always fascinated me in photography and art, and so it was something I wanted to explore.

Who is your target audience?
Anyone who appreciates the male form and arty gay erotica.

How do you select the partners you have sex with on film?
Chemistry.

Do you find beauty in all shapes, sizes, ages and genders?
I’ve met and photographed some fascinating people from all over the world: those who have had open-heart surgeries, disabilities, massive weight loss and have overcome some serious personal traumas. Having those people feel comfortable enough to get naked in front of me, and be vulnerable, is invaluable and so beautiful to me. With each encounter, I have an unforgettable experience.

What do you have planned for your evening at Club Cumming?
I plan to challenge the audience’s views on nudity and sex, and hopefully leave them feeling a bit free and a little less judgmental.

Finish this sentence: People should open their minds to…
Releasing themselves from the shame and judgment connected to sex and nudity.

Sam Morris appears at Club Cumming (505 East 6th Street) on December 1 at 9 p.m., with music by Nicole Brancato.  Visit sammorris.me.

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