Porn in the kaleidoscope

At best, I sought to view the beautiful sexual realm society cheapens, exploits and takes for granted elevated to something approachable.
detail of latest painting, untitled still

detail of latest painting, untitled still

Three more of ten paintings until my 2016 ART PORN collection is finished.  I just completed painting #7 of 10 for the year.

The paintings will show in Las Vegas but not until August of 2017, which has me thinking about other possible showings since I don’t have an exclusive to show new work but simply, to show the ART PORN work – 20 paintings in all by the time I’m done here.

This second round hasn’t gone easily.  It probably shouldn’t have been continued but left at its one showing for the purpose of highlighting the themes of each painting as independent chapters within a story.  I felt I could recapture the essence of the passion I experienced from the first making of ART PORN 2015 but it’s been far from such a great experience.  It’s become lost in some sea of pornography with alphabet letters all about; it’s difficult to really make out the meanings of what I see here.

ART PORN 2015 really came through me as though I were merely a medium for the message and, quite frankly, that’s exactly what I felt it was.  It wasn’t really an expression of me but the message chose me. At best, I sought to view the beautiful sexual realm society cheapens, exploits and takes for granted elevated to something approachable. The sexual realm deserved a painting that wasn’t a "fuck you" expression using pornography but rather, an invitation into the world of pornography's beauty, approachability and quite frankly, more than not, a mirror of one's own actions at some point in time.  Pornography a general sense of the word is really only a documentation of sexual activity between oneself or others in an uncensored and basically unedited way.That's all. The film/entertainment industry created porn genres; "pornography" is analogous to a bookstore. Do you judge the entire bookshop's contents based on a few bad novels within a "bad" genre that doesn't appeal to you? Pornography can be more than what we are given to see it as, which is mostly negative. And there is where this gets really interesting…

These kinds of extreme sexual expressions, are they an evolution of our human sexuality or have they become capitalistic entertainment to exploit our human sexuality? Or, has sex simply become boring?

The deeper I delve into pornography, the more I’m finding some open minded troubles, and I’ve never hidden I’m open minded.  However, there came a point where certain porn was simply unnatural and way above and beyond what sex seems to be about, designed for and reasonable to experience.  This led me to think deeper on this porn issue and of course, ethics and morality because those two are so intertwined by humanity.  Watching "Pornography:The Secret History of Civilization" that I link here, offered a broadened understanding of its development way back in the Roman era when pornographic art was part of a standard household (so the historians say).  If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must.  How pornography has evolved through the various technological advances is quite eye opening, especially when you open up the realm of the Internet and virtual sexual realities.  Everything exists on the Internet if a human has conceived it. 

On the one hand, this is fabulous.  It hits on point the vision of a global consciousness and our connection, an "eye" open to what humanity thinks, feels, sees, cares about and wants… and wow, what has it given? I think in many ways it's given many of us some shocking information about ourselves and the world around us. In my research, I’ve learned I’m much more okay than I may have ever wondered, and so are most others but certainly there are people really fucking disgusting out there.  So, yes, there is awful porn available but I think it feeds mostly the curious; there exists porn that certainly hits unnatural zones – and I’m not thinking homosexuality as many in my region would certainly consider unnatural - I’m thinking hardcore stuff here that transcends discrimination based on sexual partner, not deviance of sexual likes but extreme stuff like two fists in an ass or potentially pathological stuff like being a feedee, one who is fed by a feeder to become obese because it’s sexually stimulating.  

These kinds of extreme sexual expressions, are they an evolution of our human sexuality or have they become capitalistic entertainment to exploit our human sexuality? Or, has sex simply become boring? Or, are we in such support of individuality and "living your life" and "being who you are" and "be true to you" that sexual barriers have been crossed where they were not imagined to even exist 20 or 30 years ago?  Thought provoking questions and even more so when you understand the history of how pornography has developed over the centuries.

The more I get into porn online for the search of images to paint or research to read, the more pornography is pushing its presentation, becoming an extreme sport with entertainment value: how far can the sexual self go both physically and ethically? That’s not sexy or erotic. Pushing people to extreme sexual edges is a fine line of action that feeds a different place of a different kind of consciousness than mine. This kind of porn extremism isn’t what I celebrate.

What I celebrate is what I paint and what I paint is beautiful sexuality between human beings through approachable imagery to help us come back to the center and re-explore our sexual selves.  There is hardly a better realm to exist in than the sexual one, except Thoreau-like solitude in nature, maybe. 

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