Jean-Paul Mallozzi

“We Come Here Often”

Oil on Panel on Cradled Wood

36" x 24"

“It’s been a strange year with the relocation and build out of my new studio and some personal issues I’ve been quietly dealing with. That being said, I’m excited to show this as part of my solo exhibition at the Art and Culture Center in Hollywood, FL coming up April 8th. Since this is a museum institution, they’ve given a room to do whatever I want to do and to make work that I can finally talk about without the concerns that a traditional gallery would have expressed in regards to sales and content. The subject of the male narrative and queer narrative is personally important to me and I haven’t been able to really talk about until now. Whatever happens after this, I’m satisfied to know I was able to get some of these pieces out of my head. I’ll post more details about it later on, but for now thanks for listening to me babble on. 👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨👍🏻”

Mary = not-safe

In this day and age I’m sure this is been said but, I gotta say,

Sherlock wants John to be safe.  He came back to life to keep him safe because he was not-safe.  Not-safe because of Mary,  

On the tarmac Sherlock and Mary say the equivalent of, ‘take care of him’, and, ‘no’, respectively.  Sherlock says, ‘keep him safe’, and she says, ‘you know he’s not safe with me’.  She’s wearing red: a colour signifying distress and danger (‘red alert’).  

If Sherlock leaves John with Mary, John is not safe.  Mary confirms this.  Her coat confirms this.  Sherlock immediately comes back because, ‘England’, needs him: John needs him.  He’s still in danger.

I realise that this is obvious to a lot of people.  It’s just that this exchange between Sherlock and Mary is often used to show that they’re now, ‘buddy-buddy’, when truly, nothing could be further from the truth,

Of course, this is cleverly hidden in this friendly banter: Mary knows that John likes to have adventures and she’ll keep him, ‘in trouble’, AKA entertained.  And yet, when someone says, ‘will you look after him?’, the expected answer is, ‘I’ll keep him safe’, not, ‘I’ll keep him in trouble’.  Now, this is why it’s, on the surface, a cute, witty thing for her to say: she’s intimating that they both know how John is, he likes danger, he likes adventures, etc.  She’ll take care of John in the custom way that they both know John requires.  

Except, there’s a very real thing going on here where he’s saying, ‘will you keep him safe’, and she’s saying, ‘no’.  As long as he is with Mary, John is not safe, he’s in trouble.