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Flash! The news from SOFA this year confirms that genitals are the new gems for 2011. Scrotums and cocks abound as Fashionistas have ample selection of these objects to festoon their wardrobes. Imaginary buyers: “Oh, Susan, those dicks go perfectly with that blue dress”. Not to mention, nothing says masculine style and taste like a large penis draped across the lapel.
Ooh, thanks! I love Keith Lewis' work; I'll have to go check out Andrew Kuebeck's.
I believe his work is interpreting the Hindu Buddhist lingam. Here is a video about his lingam work and the lingam exhibition he created:
I thought the video is very interesting, and appreciate learning about these other cultures, along with their sculpture and religious observations.
But this work is offensive. In my opinion, Peters adopts a symbol from a male dominated culture, and time, brings it into the 21st century with male ego, and thinks he justifies it with historical context. No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Leave it to men to think that fertility is visualized through a phallus! Try 9 months of pregnancy, 24- 48 hours of labor pain, and/or C-section plus nursing a baby for a year. But of course, these male dominated societies think they did all the work. It infuriates me!
I want to say more.....I am too angry to say anything constructive and don't use swear words.
I can see what you are saying Harriete, but in my opinion I don't think that the intent of this exhibition is to manifest the male ego, (I guess it is left for the viewer to decide), but I see it as a huge investigation of the one type, of the many, fertility symbols.
And not all men think that they (as men) do all the work. To me a phallus is ONLY representing male fertility and that is it! And we both agree that It would be horrible to say that fertility is only visualized through a phallus. I know that it takes two to reproduce, and a man only does a minority of the work, like you said women go through 9 months of pregnancy, labor, and/or C-sections...etc.
Just to clarify, I am not commenting on the exhibition in the video. Of course, a male centric culture would see the phallus as a symbol of fertility. That doesn't bother me at all. It is from another time and place.
It bothers me to adopt a symbol from another time and place, and think that you can say the same thing now. That is my problem with the recent work. That is where the insensitive sexist pig ego marches to a pulse.