Life is very short. Some people take chances and others wait for them. I take chances because for me, tomorrow could be the end. It doesn’t seem like it might be, but it happens to a whole lot of people everyday.
This new art exhibition, ART PORN, is a bit chance because I’ve never done anything like this before so there’s a lot of excitement in the OMG new factor and the OMG wtf factor. There has been occasional mixture of the two.
Get them at the show! #artporn condoms!
Not a lot of people are familiar with my art. This is why I’m doing this ART PORN solo show. I’m known more for my strong views on various topics centered around human freedom, ethics, sex-positive feminism, and politics written in the past for The Legal Satyricon, a First Amendment law blog led by attorney, Marc J. Randazza, as well as my erotica/boudoir photography or erotica fiction published years ago. However, during the past few years I removed myself from some of these topics mentioned because they proved heavier ordeals than I wanted to immerse myself in.
One can’t become a positive entity when surrounded in a negative environment. Certain important (yet heavy) topics and constantly thinking about them became toxic to my health and I’m certain that this along with various other life traumas experienced from 2005 to the relative present led to my conscious dismissal of interacting with “heavy” weighted concepts such as human freedom, ethics, sex-positive feminism and politics. You must agree these are heavy weighted. Part of me felt I abandoned these original passions but I haven’t. I set them free so they could rest. I accepted what was and what cannot be and I sought to change myself rather than the external world, the one which never listens anyway.
To evolve as a Human Being, and to grow as an artist I ditched writing, serious critical thinking, my camera as my artistic medium and I began painting again. Undiscovered territory sat there and exploration is simply part of my DNA.
When I finally let go to the inner artist, ART PORN was the result. This exhibition is a 10 piece showcase of what we as Human Beings do to love, please and create each other. It’s beautiful work and I am very proud of the art. I painted ten very sexually provocative paintings because – simply – I am a woman and I can. Feminism has done wonders for me!
I wanted to see what would it be like to be around pornography that much: 4 months worth, almost every day in order to finish these paintings. I wanted to know how or if it would affect me, change me, turn me on or turn me off. What would be provoked and what would not? In essence, what was it like to be immersed in pornography visuals without having to really be a “porn star” or a “whore” or some “pervert”. What would it be like to just face it head on, everyday, study it, essentially experience it in a whole different way, one where there must exist more than the surface we judge, more than just this tool for sexual pleasure or getting off. And this, really, is just the surface of how deep we can plunge here.
Let’s be honest, women and pornography are downright shameful together! How could a respectable woman ever?! Well, John Currin, renowned American oil painter is a man and he dared to do it with his large canvas Danish pornography art collection so why should I, a woman, dare any less? I modified my size, however, to a managable 3x3ft canvas.
I not only got an answer to what this porn immersion might be like by diving into the project but I discovered some interesting rabbit holes along the way which expanded and solidified some views about eroticism, my passionate topic since early memory. Best of all, I created fabulous art out of this experience. And I’m now, I’m taking another chance and sharing this creation with my friends and my community.
I am genuinely interested in what others will or will not like about the art but I’m not interested in senseless anti-porn propaganda views. That’s a waste of time to discuss because pornography will never be censored or banned or shamed enough to not exist. Mold it into something better or look the other way. In a land of diversity, we cannot expect to please everyone and I have no intent or desire to please anti-porn agendas.
So please, if you’re not offended by a little pornographic eroticism made into large canvas artworks and not offended by the beauty of the nude human body or the sensuality of sex, then I’d love the opportunity to meet you during my ART PORN show if you’re in the Savannah area in March. If you can’t make it, I’ll have a video and the paintings up for online display later this month so you can partake in the curiosity. :)
Visit me at Oglethrope Gallery in Savannah March 19-24th. More info on show and hours on my website, www.vontauber.com.
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