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.

Alex Varenne's Erotic Pictures

Erotica // Friday, May 06, 2011
Frenchman Alex Varenne has given the graphic world of erotic art some of the raciest depictions of high contrast, portrait based nudes. His simple palette and method to creating these painterly images, that he models directly after his photographs, has made him one of the pioneers in erotica design.

A Trilogy of Vintage Erotica at YBCA

Erotica // Friday, May 06, 2011
It's rarely a bad idea to show some sex films. I mean...really. This is a small series and is intended, certainly, to entertain. But it's also intended to investigate both the fantasies and realities of sexual representation — that uncomfortable space where we so often find a huge gap.

From Erotica: The Works of Susanita

Juxtapoz // Friday, May 06, 2011
Susanita was raised on an avocado farm in Quillota City, Chile and was transplanted to the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts in 1985. In 2011, she is creating graphically collaged and erotically charged works, working as an art director and piecing together exquisite collaborations.

Daily Dose of Olivia

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
Olivia De Berardinis has created an empire based on the joy of sex . An erotic icon in fantasy illustration and a highly succeeded and acclaimed illustrator, Olivia has made her mark as unsurpassably one of the greats.  Born in 1948 in Long Beach, California, she spent most of her childhood on the east coast and eventually began publishing commercial work for mens magazines and editorial jobs before creating the enormous presence that she has today.

They call her Susanita

Erotica // Thursday, May 05, 2011
      Susanita was raised on an avocado farm in Quillota City, Chile and was transplanted to the suburbs of Boston Massachusetts in 1985. She cut her left index finger in 8th grade woodshop class circa 1993, and broke her front tooth while attending La Universita Per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy, 1995. In 1996 she was made shift manager of Yankee Yogurt and held that title strong through 1997.  In 2011 she is creating graphically collaged and erotically charged works, working as an art director and piecing together exquisite collaborations.  

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.

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