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HARD TO FIGURE: A PORTFOLIO
(Various Years)

The paintings below have been gathered onto this page due to their sexual imagery. Having said that, they really have less to do with sex than with politics, ageing and sexuality in general -- of anyone, wthin a long history of artists using explicit imagery to delve into sexual politics, (for example Manet, Picasso, Egon Schiele, David Wojnarowicz, and Lynda Benglis), not to mention the many contemporary artists borrowing on pornography or simple erotica (eg. Tom Wesselman, Jeff Koons, John Currin).

The works recontextualize youthful and idealized bodies into situations all of us share to varying degrees in our daily lives -- having to do with thoughts not only about sexual gratification, but how we feel about ourselves, and how sexuality of any kind figures into a Puritan society where religious taboos continually try to douse the subject with cold water (if not outlaw it completely).

Amid the explosion of online pornography these days, I'm interested in asking if or how you can de-porn pornography? The texts on some of these drawings come from pompous-sounding reviews and articles in current art magazines, raising issues (in my mind) about what "art" in its many guises, is trying to accomplish today. Does some of what we see in museums and galleries amount to little more than a type of sexual gratification for the artists (and the viewers)? More pointedly, does art that claims efficacy towards political and social goals or awareness amount to anything more than pornography? Hard to figure indeed.

Scenarios depicted here have been based on online imagery and the imagination. Any depiction of sexual activity does not necessarily reflect a person's sexual identity, and the models here whom I've hired to pose are, to my knowledge, heterosexual and happily so. But they live in and reflect changing times, and seem quite accepting about sexual identity either way, complicit not only in its depiction but also in our gaze.

 

 

JOHN CURRIN

 

LYNDA BENGLIS

 

FRANCIS PICABIA

       
 

 

DAVID SALLE

JEFF KOONS

 

 

#2069 Slippery Slope
India ink & acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches



#2068 Paint Job
India ink & acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches

#2070 My First Attempt
India ink & acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches

 

#2067 Blue Bulls
India ink & acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches

 

 

#2072 Church
India ink & acrylic on paper, 22x30 inches

 

#2066 Cave
India ink on paper, 22x30 inches

 

ORBIT

  

THEORY'S HIDEAWAY

 

FULL CIRCLE


 

'TIS OF THEE


LYNDA BENGLIS FOREVER
(Muse/ Museum Series)

 


THE LONG HISTORY

Private Collection


 

THEIR SUBTLER POINT

 

 

X
 

The True Cross

Private Collection

 

THE TRUE CROSS
(study)

 

BRIDGE

HOME RUN

GET IT LICKED (A+ ART SCHOOL)

BEGINNER'S LUCK 2


WANDERLUST 3

A HIDDEN RESERVE

 

Attention Span

Private Collection

THIS IS MY COUNTRY

 

 

Corazon

x

 

 

WHO'S AFRAID OF
RED, YELLOW, BLUE?

DEMOCRACY


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BARCELONA 1

Private Collection


 

FLOW

 

 

 

THE REVISION

Private Collection

 

v

 

 

 

Untitled: Horseshoes

 

x

 

x

SECOND NATURE

 

xxx

 

Memorial Day 

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