tagged: pornography

In 1,000 Text Paintings, Betty Tompkins Proves Words Are As Provocative As Porn

by Sola Agustsson
The media floods us with words and images aimed to categorize women. In Betty Tompkins’ new Los Angeles exhibition , the artist best known for her Fuck Paintings repaints some of these common labels, creating a feminist space for her pieces to expose and confront everyday sexist language and representations. On the walls of GAVLAK Gallery, 1,000 small textual paintings hang salon-style, presented as a cohesive installation. Their texts are derived from responses Tompkins got in an email thread... [more]
Posted by Sola Agustsson on 7/25/16

Faith Holland's Cum "Paintings" Aren't Your Usual Cum Paintings

by Joel Kuennen
First, apologies for the puns to come. It’s difficult to talk about sexuality and eroticism without making a bad pun or two. Sexuality has seemingly always been a site of discomfort in our culture: through it, we are laid naked and bare, both literally and via the fetishes that express the darkest sublimations of gendered relations. The advent of a communication tool and platform for largely consequence-free expression—the internet—has greatly affected the role pornography and sexuality play in... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 6/19/15

I Was an e-Erotica Editor

by Lesley Dixon
Rape is taboo, says my boss. The heroine cannot be raped during the span of the novel, though having been raped previous to the events of the story is acceptable, as long as it is not described explicitly. I ask my boss if fingers count. I had a manuscript the other day in which the heroine had fingers inserted inside her without consent, and I am curious, do I tag this as rape, or no? There is a silence as my boss considers this. That would not need to be tagged, my boss decides. Rape is not... [more]
Posted by Lesley Dixon on 4/22/15

From Censored to Celebrated: An Interview with Betty Tompkins

by Ana Finel Honigman
Before Jeff Koons, Thomas Ruff, Terry Richardson and their raffish ilk appropriated porn for high-art settings, Betty Tompkins was meticulously reproducing scenes of heterosexual penetration in pencil, acrylic, airbrush and ink. Her monochrome images make it clear that porn, not real-life sex, is her subject and underscore the harsh binary responses to her controversial subject and artwork, and to her identity as a woman artist. Tompkins’ large-scale images of furry, shaved and pierced... [more]
Posted by Ana Finel Honigman on 3/9/14