'Blue Satyr' - 2nd Male Nude From Series of Figurative Sculpture by 'Art of Kuriology'
Exhibited at Helston Museum, Cornwall, June 2017
'Blue Satyr' - 2nd in a mini-slideshow series of Male Figurative Sculptures created by Kuriology. Sculpture as exhibited at Helston Museum, June 2017 as part of the 'From Behind Closed Doors', a sculpture exhibition by The Kuriologist.
Which makes me laugh, as for many years the Cornwall Gay Pride parade at Truro would pass by a very large naked male sculpture of a nude drummer in Lemon Quay Plaza, presumable erected by the council.
That sculpture did not seem to cause a break down in public decency behavior as gay people passed by it. Nor was I aware of sudden turning of the open square in Truro, into a free for all gay dogging session due to exposure to a male nude sculpture?
Nudity is after all not pornography...or is it?
Some however seem intellectually incapable of differentiating between the two.
This is the definition of pornography - 'printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.'
The problem here is personal intent & interpretation. I know someone who has a real thing for women's stiletto shoes. A picture of an unworn stiletto shoe can cause them sexual arousal, but an image of a shoe is certainly not pornography by definition.
I have always considered in any nude artwork, be it painting or sculpture as to whether the subject is depicted in a natural state & one which does not convey or intend to convey overt sexual eroticism.
Where as pornography generally has both facial expressions combined with pose which are intentionally erotic or sexually arousing & frequently, primarily in film or photography with a specific emphasis upon genital area, mammary glands or rectum ...but is still subjective to viewer interpretation.
Likewise I have always liked the attributed quote to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, but be damned if I can find it. It went something like, - a wealthy Lady observing Lautrec's paintings at exhibition criticized Latutrec's paintings of nude women as being obscene, prostitutes being his models.
Lautrec said to have responded along the lines of - 'Madam, please take your filthy thoughts off of my nice clean paintings'
Generally I find those who criticize depiction of nudity in art are generally trawling & reflecting the bottom of their own lurid thoughts & sexual depravities, fantasies & fetishes far more so than that of any intent on the part of the artist to depict or convey such.