Gay Interest Beefcake


This unique artist’s book was produced especially for ALT-W: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture a 2008 exhibition at CCA: Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow. Gay Interest Beefcake was on display alongside another eBay inspired work, Question for Seller (2006). It was auctioned off on eBay on 19.30pm, Saturday 13 September 2008, as part of Alt-w’s closing show party. Gay Interest Beefcake features three lots of photographs bought on eBay in 2007. They were purchased over a three-day period from the same seller. At the point of sale the keywords ‘gay interest beefcake’ accompanied the seller’s description of each lot. The album is now in the collection of the International Center of Photography New York.

Gay Interest Beefcake, 2008

12 270gsm pages, 3 ‘Glassine’ (tissue) sheets, Edition of 1
10 photographs mounted with Archival Photo Black Corners
Various sizes (largest: 13.5 x 9cm, smallest 6 x 4cm)
Dark Brown Leather Cover
W: 33cm x H: 42cm D: 1.5cm (Spine Edge 2cm)

Wild Pansy Press, Leeds 2008

Related Resources

Question for Seller (2006) by Nicky Bird

Gay Interest Beefcake (2008) by Nicky Bird. A PDF

Gay Interest Beefcake (IPAD version, 2016) in Tall Tales: women artists’ playful exploration of the human experience National Touring show, 2016

Bird, Nicky. ‘Wanted – New Custodians for Family Photographs: Vernacular Photographs on eBay and the Album as Artwork,’ in S. Arnold de Simine and J.Leal (eds), 171-188, Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory. Bloomsbury, London, 2018. ISBN 9781474283632

TOP IMAGE: Detail, Gay Interest Beefcake (2010) by Nicky Bird