romantic sweetheart Posted March 20, 2007 Share Posted March 20, 2007 An artist friend of mine enjoys replicating fine and religious art from the 1800's, but then adding in sexual imagery, such as condoms, nude modern people, penises, vaginas, references to Playboy pin-ups, etc. He also finds religious artifacts and then creates diaramas, adding in sexual imagery as well. He gave me a CD displaying his work, but I am not really sure what to say about it, as he is anxious to hear my opinion. My taste in art is dreamy and romantic; I'm not really used to viewing the kind of art he does. I realise every artist has their own personal style, and I respect that. I just am a little shy and embarrassed about the overtly sexual nature of his work. I am not embarrassed about the human form, because it is beautiful. I just feel a little uncomfortable when it is portrayed sort of crudely. There is a painting he did, for instance, a replica of "Man Remembering Himself" depicting a woman shying away from a man's amorous stare. In his rendition, she is handing him his penis, which has been lopped off. In another piece, he shows a sculpture of the last supper, and adds in a figure of a waiter who has a huge screw (penis) projecting from his groin. In another replica painting of a battle scene, he paints in used condoms on the ground. I know the art is meant to be funny, but I am just not feeling insipred by it. I don't know if the message of the art is that we should make light of sexuality and nudity..... But I feel very private about sexuality, preferring to regard it as sacred. I am, probably obviously, a hopeless romantic..... What do I say when he asks how I felt about his art? I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, as I appreciate the creative process. And yet I don't want to praise it highly and sound insincere. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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