Painting

Paintings by Alexandra Rubinstein

June 17, 2015

From a series titled "Celebrity Cunnilingus" which combines "men women potentially view as sexy with an under-represented sexual act" to a series of paintings of un-cropped stills taken from vintage porn films made during the Golden Age of Porn that was launched with the well-known "Deep Throat," Alexandra Rubinstein questions progression in sexuality and value placed on female pleasure as pornography become more accessible and mainstream.

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Celebrity Cunnilingus (2014-)
A series of paintings depicting popular hearthrobs and otherwise famous men performing cunnilingus. An exploration of pornography and fantasy through a female lens - combining men women potentially view as sexy with an under-represented sexual act. Also a commentary on the effects of social media and image/video distribution, and its gendered nature that leaves female celebrities more scrutinized and male celebrities essentially unscathed.

Looking for Mr.Goodsex (2013-)
A series of paintings of un-cropped stills taken from vintage porn films made during the Golden Age of Porn that was launched with the well-known "Deep Throat". Inspired by the title of the 1985 movie, they highlight the shots taken of women's faces - which are less emphasized in contemporary videos. This disparity questions progression in sexuality and value placed on female pleasure as pornography became more accessible and mainstream. The portraits also explore the emotional states of the women in these films. While the styling and acting portray a romanticized version of reality, the faces suggest more honest emotions like vulnerability and withdrawal - left up for interpretation of the viewer. The series evolved into stills of male faces, as well as kissing stills. Kissing stills capture the tender, passionate moments in vintage movies that are more true to the real nature of coitus.