Robert Heinecken: Sex and Food

Erotica // Friday, May 06, 2011
Robert Heinecken (1932-2006) thought of the use of sex in mass media not as a spectrum from fashion to pornography, but a continuum. He was most interested in porn strategies used by the fashion industry, and can be thought of as trying to make this transparent. His use of demeaning imagery of women in pornography was occasionally hard to reconcile with his sincere feminist position, but not with his habit of pushing limits imposed by others.

MouMou

Erotica // Friday, May 06, 2011
The candy-coated, futuristic skittle illustrations and digitally racey works of Monterrey MX's artist Mou will leave your mouth watering.  Hot, bright textures and graphically depicted girl on girl action straight out of a pitcher full of futuristic kool-aid.

How do you spell voluptuous again?

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
Jonny Negron’s art is somewhat terrifying. Lustful illustrations of extremely curvaceous women in compromising positions, featuring the female body in an overtly but powerful sexual way. A comic book illustrator/writer as well, Negron blends the two forms together to make these wonderful powerful but cartoonish pieces of work.  They play into sexual impulses and what turns the viewer on; stimulating what stimulates you without really showing it.

Succi, Flesh and Monica Cook

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
Monica Cook paints beautiful and disturbing portraits of women. Her figures are brilliantly painted, with breathtaking skill; Cook excels in rendering the subtleties of the flesh and details of light, tone and surface. Painted with an eerie intensity, Cook's figures compel the viewer to study them, often surreptitiously, as there is a strong sense of invading an extremely private moment.

Homage to Terry Richardson

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
Hyper-real is the new real. Linnea Strid is based in Uppsala, Sweden where she creates her hyper-realistic oil paintings that often feature the incorporation of water as a central element of the work. Strid renders skin and water in a way that confuses the onlooker as to whether or not the image they are looking at is a photograph or indeed a painting.

Luigi & Luca

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
Italian couple Luigi and Luca and the intensity of their photographic works touch our senses, hold us captive, and suck us into the intimacy, vulnerability and poetry of their imaginary. LyL’s bodies, and all that traverses them are strung in tension between two aesthetic poles: fashion photography––with its objectification and sterilisation of the models––and magic realism––over-coding the images with symbols.

Bubble as a Metaphor

Erotica // Wednesday, May 04, 2011
In Bubble Woman, Shu Yong uses the medium of his ubiquitous bubbles by referring to today's omni-present 'bosom culture'. As bosoms have long ago outgrown the category of being mere body parts, they now play the role of a political, economic, and cultural asset by strengthening the place of one of the most important characteristics of the female body. It is conceivable today, how female breasts are blown up as an object of foam for seemingly limitless lust and power.

Cocoa Butter in the Morning

Erotica // Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Its almost swimsuit season, and 68 year old Taiwanese American painter Hilo Chen is getting ready to hit the sand.  With his hyperrealistic oil paintings of glistening, bronzed, beach babes- fresh out of a dip in the ocean- you know you shouldn't be staring but Its. So. Hard. To Look. Away....

Panorama Italiano and Gianluca Sordi

Erotica // Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Gianluca Sordi was born in Rome in 1983 and he currently lives and works there.  His photogaphs are a combination of his experience as a commercial photographer and his cinematic personal style, thanks to the digital techniques he incorporates for the final outcome.  Creating rather unusual imagery, setting natural shapes against dreamlike and unreal palettes, Sordi melts his models within his unconventional concepts.

Porn Saint and Good Evil

Erotica // Tuesday, May 03, 2011
While our bodies have emerged from the forest, our souls remain tangled in flora, battling the beasts we created. Chelsea Greene Lewyta lives, breathes and roams freely in New York City.  With multiple upcoming shows on the horizon, this recent Pratt Institute graduate and her illustrated vixens, though morbid in their anatomy, are creating a basis that is anything but ephemeral.
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