A graphic designer by day, at night he becomes Marxxx – the graphic designer of dick picks ! – keep it coming Marxxx – we like the way you think! 🙂
Herve’ is a photographer living in Berlin. His new series, Little Monsters has an interesting twist to it, as well as an interesting title.
When I asked Herve’ what motivated him to create this series, his answer was:
The small – but all too big – difference between men and women is over coded with meanings, fraught with expectations, that have turned an innocent difference into a millennium-old hierarchy.
I asked him how people have responded to his work:
- Sitting cross-legged
- Sitting on a chair with legs touching
- Sitting on a chair with legs apart
- Sitting on a chair with legs crossed, thighs touching
- Sitting on a chair with legs crossed, ankle on knee
- Sitting on the floor with feet on the floor (knees up), legs apart
- Sitting on the floor with feet on the floor (knees up), legs together
- Butterfly position
- Doing a split
- Bending over (legs straight), with legs touching
- Bending over (legs straight), with legs apart
When I saw Lydia Reeves works of art centering around the penis, I was immediately struck by the femininity of the pieces. I mean, we are used to g seeing flowers when looking at vagina art (Georgia O’Keeffe, and Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party) but not so much when depicting the penis. I like the change of view. The way it makes us look at the beauty of the penis and how it combines well with the pastoral landscapes. I decided to ask the artist a few questions about her art, and the following is what she said:
(below is interview with Lydia Reeves)
I am now a Brighton based artist, having graduated from the Bournemouth Arts University with First Class Honors in BA Fine Art earlier this year.
For me, my paintings are an exploration of male and female, masculine and feminine. The soft and delicate, juxtaposed with the strong and powerful, where two worlds collide, and perhaps create harmony.
My paintings are miniature creations (usually smaller than 13x9cm). All of my imagery was sourced from an online ‘dating’ website, where I used photographs which men had set as their profile pictures. I have reinterpreted these crude and sexualised photographs to give them a whole new meaning. Because of the very small scale, the detail and my reinterpretation, I feel that in my art the penis is looked at in a different way to usual. They are no longer aggressive, intimidating or threatening photographs, but romantic, beautiful creations which entice the viewer in to study every aspect.
I have stood and had many debates with all sorts of people whilst studying my art work about sex; pornography; the naked body; gender roles; beauty in the human form and penis size. If my work can create and allow open and honest conversation about these important and sometimes ‘taboo’ topics, amongst other things, then I feel as though I am creating a great thing.
A lot of my paintings produce this attract and then repel notion of being drawn in by the technicality of the painting and really wanting to look, but then suddenly being aware of what you’re looking at and realising that you’ve been staring at a penis for an uncomfortable amount of time…
The following are some very colorful and humorous art pieces by artist Pablo Cobo, as well as his response when I asked him why he makes penis art.
I am a Mexico City-based artist, obsessed by sexuality and everything around it.
I’m also homosexual (although I’m a huge critic of labels, this piece of information helps understand why my main theme is ‘the penis’)
I have painted, drawn, sculped and photographed penises, they are the center of my creative exploration.
Through my short career, I have explored different angles about sexuality, from the mundane to the complex:
The cicle of sexual acceptation in the history of humanity.
The inmersion of sexuality in insults.
¿Why are we so afraid of sexuality?
¿Is it posible that this centurys’ individualism, cuts sex off the picture?
¿Where does ‘prudish’ come from, and why does it still exist?
The changing definiton of genitals in different cultures.
¿Why does the figure of the penis causes laughter or disgust, and rarely excitment?
The evolution of the relationship love-sex, from mariage to distant relatives.
For me to create a penis, or any sexual scenario including it, is a liberation. In a way I’m making a statement of who I am, I’m telling the spectator of the piece: that is O.K., it’s normal, and most important, is so beautiful. I’m also rebelling from those fake moral standars, created by fake moral authorities.
In my country, my city and my culture, it’s really hard for people to understand penis as it is. Most of the time is found vulgar or dirty (despite the fact thats is hanging between every male legs).
It’s confussing and truly anoying. And of course the reactions to my work are proportional to this mentality.
FREE THE PENIS
This picture was sent in by “Anonymous”. It was not his first picture. His first pictures were for the PPP project and they were these:
I thought they were interesting, yet what was more interesting was what he wrote:
“I have always considered the penis as an art form. I have spent some time attempting to show the penis as a beautiful and powerful image through my own photography. I have attached a couple of images for you, I hope you consider them to be suitable for your page. I would love to hear any feedback you have.”
I would like to introduce to you artist Eva Nováková, who goes by the name NATAS in her artwork. Below is an interview with the artist, and afterwards you can see some of her stimulating and thought provoking work on her website links below. Way to go NATAS! keep up the interesting art!
Natas works in many mediums including photography, painting, and poetry. Her works are displayed in Prague in alternative venues such as music clubs and web galleries. She says she has trouble in showing her work in more conventional venues:
“The Czechs are overly prudish and false. They make sex, talking about it, but do not say it out loud. Someone likes it, the other does not. Somebody nature seems rude,inappropriate and disruptive.”
“In writing and painting enjoying sex symbol as a mirror of society and the times in which we live. The company is falselyprudish. In drawing express their opinions, attitudes, emotions on topics such as: relationships, polygamy, infidelity, politics, society, morality, and more. I paint what people in the Czech Republic afraid to say. “
Why do you use the penis in your work?
“Why penis? It is a collection of “How do men love to play,” interested me growing trend of eroticism through the internet and anonymity associated with it.”
Sketch 1: How to play men VI. – every dick needs a nightie (pajamas), sheet A3 / 297 × 420 millimeters, Technique: drawing – alcohol fix, Symbolism: Men love outfits and costumes. Fetishism with humor.
Sketch 2: How to play men IV. – bound in chaos, sheet A3 / 297 × 420 millimeters, Technique: drawing – alcohol fix,Symbolism: Men like to have fun and try new things. Interest men of experiment bordering on extreme performance self-denial, without realizing the potential consequences. The growing trend submisivyty in men. Desire to be humbled andrecharged.
Link to NATAS profile:
Link to NATAS web:
This is what it says on the web page:
This project is about breaking down the taboos around penises
and our bodies in general.
It is about giving expression to men to speak from and about their penises.
To generate dialogue, acceptance, understanding, peace.
Wow! this is for all you guys who keep sending me photos of your penises – a chance to get it published in print! You can also tell your stories.
Check out the web site: http://101penis.com/
Is the title of a great post on tumbler. Do you agree with the critiques? I found it very humorous 🙂
check it out: http://critiquemydickpic.tumblr.com/