Yamasuki Yamazaki

Erotica // Monday, June 10, 2013
We hope you enjoy this infectiously joyous and sweetly naughty animation from filmmaker and mask designer Shishi Yamazaki. After entering the Department of Design at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Yamazaki began experimenting with rotoscope animation using hand drawn watercolor paintings for each animated cel. Additionally, in May of 2010, this superbly talented multi-disciplinary artist began working on her lifelong project: creating one face mask each and every day of the year for years to come.

Nude Portraits by Matthew Gaynor

Erotica // Monday, June 10, 2013
Based in Chicago, Illinois, Matthew Gaynor received a BA in Art from Yale College in 1982, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University in 1988. Since graduating he has divided his time between teaching graphic design and consulting through his design firm, Emspace. Gaynor is currently an arts professor and faculty member of the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is concurrently pursuing his passion for photographic portraiture through the use of local actors, musicians, dancers, and friends as his models.

Artist James Benjamin Franklin

Erotica // Monday, June 10, 2013
Born in Tacoma, WA, James Benjamin Franklin decided to pursue painting as a career after visiting New York City on a high school trip, and in 1999 he graduated from the Art Center College of Design. Over the years he has developed a uniquely stilted yet seductive style, exploring the awkward, neglected moments of human interactions, the disregarded pauses in the midst of grander exploits. Franklin currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NYC, and his artistic influences include Woody Allen, Richard Diebenkorn, Bonnard, and Steve Martin.

Cecily Brown's Crowds of Flesh

Erotica // Sunday, June 09, 2013
Cecily Brown's "Untitled" (2012), now on display in the Gagosian Gallery, examines the subject of the nude ensemble, drawing at the same time from history painting and pop culture. In fleshy yet chromatically sober color pairings, Brown creates clusters of diverse and invidiuated nudes that begin to crowd the painted scene as if from some unnamed purgatory. Fragmented figures and faces dissolve into kaleidoscopic concentrations of grey, purple and sienna. These paintings play out Brown's persistent fascination with the tension between bold painterly gesture and figurative content. 

Alaina Varrone's Embroidered Erotica

Erotica // Saturday, June 08, 2013
Alaina Varrone is arguably the ballsiest embroidery artist out there. She embroiders striking scenes and images that are often explicit in nature, creating a wonderfully weird contrast between a traditionally inoffensive medium and its content. Born in New Haven, Connecticut "to a family of weirdos and storytellers," Varrone says she "uses this natural creativity to tell her own stories in thread." Varrone attended MICA as a fiber arts student and is currently working on a series based on the various gang girls of mythology.

Uno Moralez: Graphic Graphics

Erotica // Friday, June 07, 2013
Talented Russian illustrator Uno Moralez works in a graphic, near analog, bit-style, creating nostalgic, compelling illustrations that are both grotesque and beautiful.

Cara Striptease for i-D Magazine

Erotica // Friday, June 07, 2013
'Cara's Striptease' for i-D Magazine is a short little erotic film by Tyrone Lebon, with styling by Charlotte Stockdale featuring the seductive Cara Delevingne with music by Lachlan Munro. Cara wears Coat Burberry, Underwear I.D.Serrieri, Stockings Funn, Earrings and Necklace Laura Lee, Shoes Felipe Oliveira Baptista. We love it.

Dark Beauties and Samantha Mash

Erotica // Friday, June 07, 2013
While Samantha Mash primarily works within the digital realm of illustration, she is influenced heavily by Byzantine frescos, Neoclassical painters, and modern Japanese animation. She is interested in the place of iconography in paintings...  

'Mine' by Alvaro de la Herran

Erotica // Thursday, June 06, 2013
GQ Spain asked Alvaro de la Herrán to create a film inspired by the characters in E.L. James' notorious erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey. 'It's clear to me that in a contemporary sexual relationship a kiss hides more than a tongue.' Álvaro de la Herrán is an award-winning digital and film director, working on fashion films, commercials and fiction projects. 

Alen Barbosa's Veiled Dancer

Erotica // Thursday, June 06, 2013
In another gorgeous installment of her 'Looking Through' series, Alen Barbosa captures model Rivi Madison in an act of both exhibitionism and titillating concealment as she dances behind gauzy curtains framed by the urban landscape of Los Angeles. Barbosa is one half of Bobo Photography, a creative parternship with producer Greggory Wood. Bobo Photography is based in Los Angeles and works internationally in the Brazilian fashion and beauty industry.

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