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Re: “This Guy's Penis Is a Work of Art

Wow, way to keep it classy, orchardfire. A comment like that deserves an actual name attached.

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Posted by AttackOfTheVapors on 06/17/2010 at 12:34 PM

Re: “This Guy's Penis Is a Work of Art

Granted, sometimes it is, as your example demonstrates. (What's Oh! Calcutta! got to do with nudity?) A useful exercise is to consider whether the message of the piece remains intact if the body is clothed instead.

In the case of the triptych, Mr Ravens described it in terms of the Greek hero, and it's not clear whether the connection would be apparent still if he were clothed in contemporary attire or even Athenian robes, which might muddy the effect in kitsch.

The function of the nudity becomes clearer-- in this case it puts the other single elements in stark relief: the boots, the turban, and invites comparisons between the panels to formulate meaning in the way triptychs are designed to do.

Nudity is shocking at first for most everyone. But if the artist means to communicate a greater idea, the talented artist incorporates strong symbols to move the viewer beyond the initial shock and into contemplation. I believe Mr Ravens' triptych accomplishes this.

The loss here is that it sounds like this was a piece newly created for the Pop-Up Art show, and left alone could have been developed further. The photography is beautiful and I'd like to see more of Alan Rovge's work, just as I'd like to see more of Mr Raven's.

Posted by AttackOfTheVapors on 06/17/2010 at 12:12 PM

Re: “This Guy's Penis Is a Work of Art

When artists are compelled to feel that they must confine their expression the results tend towards decoration and not art. Ty Tabing's comment makes it pretty clear that the Chicago Loop Alliance's commitment to art stops at using artists to decorate their spaces in order to rent them. Artificial gentrification anyone? What simplistic thinking.

It's clear Mr Ravens was expressing themes that have been the subject of art for centuries. That 'whatajerk's reaction stops at nudity should inform him/her that they might have an underdeveloped cultural sense and possibly an antagonism toward artistic expression in general. For all we know the other artists may have been feeling constrained by Pop-Up Art's narrow commercial mission and see Mr Raven as some sort of a liberator.

As someone who resides outside Chicago, I've got to say I'm disappointed by such provincial attitudes in a city that I often depend upon to push the boundaries of culture. I would have expected the city to champion an international artist who believed in enhancing it's offerings beyond the moving of a few commercial spaces.

Posted by AttackOfTheVapors on 06/17/2010 at 10:58 AM

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