Art, Sex and Octopi: An Interview with Zak Smith

Erotica // Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Zak Smith is a lot of things--artist, writer, porn star, firebrand--and everything he does rings with a consistent kind of brutal, carnal honesty. His graphic, grungy style of drawing is influenced by comic books and alternative porn, and he even completed a series of 100 drawings featuring women and octopi, Dream of the Fisherman's Wife-style. Smith also recently composed a set of tips for art critics, which I'd recommend to anyone who spends time looking at art, critics or not (or are you now?). Zak Smith received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University (on a loan, long since paid off), and currently lives and works in LA.  

R. Crumb's Fantasies

Erotica // Monday, January 20, 2014
R. Crumb is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire career has unfolded outside the mainstream comic book publishing industry.

The Work of Patryk Hadas

Erotica // Saturday, January 18, 2014
Patryk Hadas was born in 1987 in Katowice in Poland. He spent his childhood in Berlin. He has been studying at Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow in Painting Department since 2008. Now he is spending his 9th term as an exchange student at Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). 'I am a great fan of those ads which in some absurd way advertise products by means of sex...  

Oh, American Apparel

Erotica // Friday, January 17, 2014
In the world of visual window displays, American Apparel has once again topped the news this week with something less than surprising from a brand that continues to push the boundaries of sexuality and eroticism. They are now going full frontal when it comes to the pubic hair of their mannequins. American Apparel's Ryan Holiday explains, "The display was created for that store specifically... American Apparel is a company that celebrates natural beauty, and New York's Lower East Side Valentine's Day window continues that celebration..."

Adam Caldwell's 'Signal Flare'- Limited Edition Print with 1xRun

Erotica // Friday, January 17, 2014
Adam Caldwell was born and grew up in Massachusetts. He also lived in Maine, Tennessee, and in France. He began drawing at around 1 or two years old. His parents would place some paper in front of him and give him a pen and he would draw for hours. Throughout his childhood he never stopped drawing, started copying comic books, and then tried writing and drawing his own. After high school and an aborted attempt at a career as lead guitarist in a progressive metal band, he moved to Oakland CA...

Tavo Montañez's Process

Erotica // Friday, January 17, 2014
Gustavo Díaz Montañez, known as Tavo Montañez, was born in 1984. He studied Graphic Design and he start working as an illustrator in 2009, since then he has applied illustration to the character design, lettering, corporative identity and editorial projects. This illustration for "Letras de mi primera vez", was for a story of a girl working on a brothel, published in "Mosca" magazine. Illustration was drawn on Strathmore® paper, inked and coloured in Adobe Photoshop.  

Mercedes DeBellard's Sexy Girls

Erotica // Thursday, January 16, 2014
Mercedes DeBellard is an illustrator from Granada, Spain who values the process a piece goes through before completion. She even has a video highlighting her steps, take a look.

Javier Perez: En Puntas

Erotica // Thursday, January 16, 2014
"The ballerina appears as an eerie figure expressing effort, sacrifice and pain in her strive for perfection. Both fragile and cruel. Initially shy and hesitant, her steps become more and more emphatic, menacing and not exempt of violence, scraping and cutting into the delicate surface of the piano with her sharp pointe shoes. Through this work, Javier Perez investigates and reflects once again upon the human condition. Using a strongly metaphorical language rich in powerful symbolism, he reveals the weaknesses that become the boundaries between seemingly irreconcilable concepts such as: beauty and cruelty, fragility and violence, culture and nature or life and death.”

Nicola Kuperus' Legs

Erotica // Thursday, January 16, 2014
Nicola Kuperus' photographs showcase the female form. In fact, his focus is mostly on the lower half of a woman's body. Well dressed, almost manequin like figures are found in precarious situations like in the trunk of a classic car. It is the ultimate crime scene-housewife fetish, if there is a category for that sort of thing.

Collab: Petra Collins & Arvida Byström

Erotica // Thursday, January 16, 2014
This series entitled "Lines and Curves" is a collaboration between Petra Collins and Arvida Byström, two photographers who's pastel works compliment eachother immaculately. Did I mention these two girls have barely made it into their twenties? Keep an eye out for future works from both of them.


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