Exit Pleasure (Hardcover)
- Text by Larry Fink- Includes previously unpublished photographs- First edition limited to 500 copiesLarry Fink met Cobo on Facebook, not him, but his images flooded the airwaves. Obsessive, dark, full of white heat, and grey smoke. Layers of lace, deeper levels of irregular ritualistic pain. It perplexed me this flow-on voyeuristic event. Who could this guy be? What is he made of? There was enough inventive poetic distance in the work that it resonated outside the ordinary boundaries of the prurient. This was no sex fiend, nor a guy who was looking for a hook up, hung over. This was work which was drawn in to its subject by blood-letting magnets, cleansing leeches, not to mention a certain odd classism. It was informed by art, but art was not the point, ritual was. The incense was sour, the flesh untouched by desire.
Victor Cobo was born in 1971 to a Spanish mother and an American father. Cobo is a self-taught photographer who draws inspiration from surrealism, film-noir and German expressionism. In 2007 his works were included in 'Masters of American Photography' at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art with William Eggleston, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. In 2010 Cobo's works were included in 'Hauntology' at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, alongside such artists as Francisco de Goya, Francis Bacon and Diane Arbus.