I love originality. I love irony and unpredictable juxtapositions of textures, patterns and colors. I love seeing something and thinking that it’s something I’ve never seen before.
- Kim, tumblr manager
Years ago, I dreamt I was at the ocean with some friends. The waves were breaking in different colors on the shore, washing up with wonderful fruity smells. I drank a handful: blueberry white iced tea. Later in the dream a sensational news story was spreading about a “poison tide”, and I kept telling people, No, it was delicious.
Quick assignment for the NY Times Letters to the Editor, out in today’s paper. The topic is about the recent Supreme Court decision to strike down abortion clinic buffer zones on the grounds of “free speech” (you can read the original article reporting the decision here, and the Letters section here). Previously, protesters had to stay 35ft away from the entrances to abortion clinics (a distance at which they were still able to exercise their ‘right’ to scream and harass) but now they will be allowed to do it directly in the faces of women seeking medical treatment.
Thanks to my AD Nathan Huang. This was an assignment I felt pretty strongly about. If the Letters section wasn’t neutral ground, you can bet I would have drawn the protestors differently in this piece.
Anonymous said: Opinion on erotic art, whether "classy" or plain smut? I know that's a broad question, I'm just curious. I'm an aspiring artist and I strive to create wonderful illustrations and paintings, but then I also want to draw unrealistic hentai-esque pics. I see artists who blend the two to create gorgeous erotic paintings, but don't receive the same level of respect because of it. Should they be separate or can there be middle a ground? Will drawing porn affect a person's chances for a career in art?
What you’re asking seems so much like it’s an art question, right? Like it should be. It should be an actual art conversation when you’re using all these artsy words – but the truth is that we’re still at a point so far from discussing with any kind of legitimacy the abstract depiction of sex in a painting and its “classiness”, when the world-view of the act of sex itself is still so … wack. Sex is still widely seen as being simultaneously the worst and greatest thing in the world – lives revolve around it, public worth is lost because of it, double standards are laced through every action, and even the most accepted versions of “sex” are incredibly surface-level and binary. We live in a time that still gasps in offense if the majority of the world’s nipples aren’t covered and shames that same majority for enjoying something enjoyable – I know this may sound defeatist, and maybe that’s because I’ve never had a compulsion to add to this genre of art, but in my eyes we are simply just so far from even considering the merits of a painstakingly painted orgy as mainstream art. The acceptance of it will come as a result of bigger battles. There are rare exceptions that have found a market through abstracted styles (usually in fine art), but despite my massive disagreement with the systemic idolization and condemnation of sex that leads to this stigma, I think that the genre of erotic art will (largely) be relegated to “smut” for a long time to come.
What I don’t think: is that mainstream acceptance should determine what you want to make. Use a pseudonym if you’re legitimately worried about your career, but there’s always going to be someone on a higher horse in the art world, don’t let that stop you from creating what you want to.
Or in short: If you wanna draw people fucking, fucking draw people fucking.