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Artist paints herself having sex with each president of the USA

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posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 09:23 PM
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In Join Or Die, I paint myself having sex with the Presidents of the United States in chronological order. I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public legacies and private lives. The presidency itself is a seemingly immortal and impenetrable institution; by inserting myself in its timeline, I attempt to locate something intimate and mortal. I use this intimacy to subvert authority, but it demands that I make myself vulnerable along with the Presidents. A power lies in rendering these patriarchal figures the possible object of shame, ridicule and desire, but it is a power that is constantly negotiated.

I approach the spectacle of sex and politics with a certain playfulness. It would be easy to let the images slide into territory that's strictly pornographic—the lurid and hardcore, the predictably "controversial." One could also imagine a series preoccupied with wearing its "# the Man" symbolism on its sleeve. But I wish to move beyond these things and make something playful and tender and maybe a little ambiguous, but exuberantly so. This, I feel, is the most humanizing act I can do.

boingboing.net...

I obviously won't post any of the pictures, and the link has a non-nude thumbnail.

I think this is a great way to stop looking at past presidents as historical figures first and humans second, and instead seeing them entirely as humans. These people had sex. They held slaves. They swore, did drugs, smoked, and drank too much. Putting them on a pedestal isn't healthy, and they shouldn't only be seen as heroes. We have to be realistic about the past to stop ourselves from being cynical about the present.




posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 09:35 PM
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Anyone seen Mr. Clinton lately?
2nd



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 09:36 PM
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Wow


I did not check the paintings, lol, but one has to wonder is it gonna be a BJ in the painting portraying Bill Clinton, I'm sure that he would approve



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 09:49 PM
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what the...?

i wonder what she dreams about...



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:24 PM
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ummmh
so would she have painted herself getting intimate with HILLARY had she got voted into The Whitehouse......I wonder


she is hardly a role model for the teenagers of today........
sleeping with all those men



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:27 PM
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ILLLLLLL

NIXONS O face......

AAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGHHHHHHHHHHHH SSSSSSSPPPLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAATTTTTTTT*


URPPP...



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:42 PM
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So where's Dubya,

Would've paid to see that...



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:45 PM
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Highlarious!! Her name is Justine Lai ifyou want to do a web search. The presidents are just people like us and they do stuff in the nude like us too. She did a pretty good job picking the subject for shock, fun, word of mouth and all that. I think it's pretty funny so more power to her.



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 10:49 PM
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I happen to be an artist and find this statement to be incredibly powerful. It may seem scandalous, but come on people this is 2009 get with it!! Seriously if anyone was cultured here they would come to the conclusion this is ART, not pornography or anything in that manner.



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 11:18 PM
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Personally, I find it neither "shocking" nor "scandalous." Its kind of a funny idea, made me chucke a bit, and then I moved on.

Art has become so boring and cliched...the obsession with "scandalizing" and "transgression" and "making a statement" goes all the back to the beginnings of the Modernist movement...before, really, if you count the "shocking lack of restraint" of the Expressionists and Impressionists. Picasso's 1907 Les Demoiselles d'Avignon was followed by the Armory show of 1913 I believe and then you start getting Dada and Surrealism...Michel Duchamp put a normal urinal on a pedistal, signed it, and called it art...ooooh, how "revolutionary!" And that was what, nintey years ago or something? Hasn't art gotten tired of playing with itself in the bathroom yet?

The obsession with creating "shocking" art and with "spitting in the eye of all that is sacred" has for some reason become totally entwined with the image of art. A bit of this is fine by all means but it should not be the central focus of all art for over a century. That's a state of stagnation there for you.

"Transgressive" art is easy, it takes far less talent to scribble a moustache on a Mona Lisa then it does to paint the Mona Lisa. It's a rich-kid's game played by effete reflections of our decadent, rotting culture...neither talented enough to make real art nor gutsy enough to be real take-it-to-the-streets revolutionaries, such people becme lost in a pale game of half-measures...their work is neither satisfying aesthetically nor truly "shocking" or revolutinary. It just fulfills a tired cliche about what "cutting edge" is supposed to do to viewers.

True shocking, lasting revolutions in art involve new ways of actually creating beauty. They are acts of creation, rather than the scribblings of pampered brats. Unfortunately, that's a lot harder than putting on a beret and chain-smoking cigarettes while pretending to read Foucault or Derrida while you surruptitiously scope out the chicks. Since the latter road is so much easier, its always more crowded.



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 11:22 PM
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Oh man. Just picturing this in my head hurts. I could have done without the mental images



posted on Mar, 31 2009 @ 11:23 PM
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For someone called Surrealist, you really don't get art, do you?

reply to post by Voiceoftreason
 


It's coming, I think. I don't think she's finished all of the paintings.

reply to post by Blaine91555
 


Thinking of Taft makes me LOL constantly.

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posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 12:02 AM
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Originally posted by sadisticwoman


I think this is a great way to stop looking at past presidents as historical figures first and humans second, and instead seeing them entirely as humans. These people had sex. They held slaves. They swore, did drugs, smoked, and drank too much. Putting them on a pedestal isn't healthy, and they shouldn't only be seen as heroes. We have to be realistic about the past to stop ourselves from being cynical about the present.



This is one of the STUPIDEST ideas I have ever heard of.

What a way to educate Americans on the common aspects we all share with our Previous Presidents, and Founding Fathers. In fact, "Stupid" barely even scrapes the surface of labels in reference to this absurdity of immense, degenerate proportions.

If you want to see these individuals as "Human", then go look over their writings and memoirs, and do what any halfway decent educated individual does, and perform some Research, Reading, and Analyses.

If you hate to read, then go ahead and check out such amazingly revealing Documentary Series such as that of HBO's: "John Adams".

This "Artist" reveals nothing short of a full and serious lapse in mental stability.



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 12:11 AM
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Your shame and hatred for sex and nudity has nothing to do with this thread. Be a bigot elsewhere.

This artist is exploring a new idea, a new way of showing the presidents. It's not like this is pornography. There have been many far worse paintings than this.

That there are many other ways of humanizing past presidents does not discredit a new one from popping up.



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 12:14 AM
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LOL.. ok, went to the site (had to see this) first one I click on is her .. servicing.. Abe lol.. crying laughing.

I think she might expect people to buy these.



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 12:26 AM
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Maybe she likes getting screwed by the government lol
Wonder what Mrs Obama thinks of it



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:01 PM
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Originally posted by TheAgentNineteen

This is one of the STUPIDEST ideas I have ever heard of.

What a way to educate Americans on the common aspects we all share with our Previous Presidents, and Founding Fathers. In fact, "Stupid" barely even scrapes the surface of labels in reference to this absurdity of immense, degenerate proportions.

If you want to see these individuals as "Human", then go look over their writings and memoirs, and do what any halfway decent educated individual does, and perform some Research, Reading, and Analyses.

If you hate to read, then go ahead and check out such amazingly revealing Documentary Series such as that of HBO's: "John Adams".

This "Artist" reveals nothing short of a full and serious lapse in mental stability.


Art is an indirect form of education and expression. Sometimes it may be direct but for these examples it seems to imply indirect. I agree with you that their are countless ways to humanize and expose the true personality of the presidents, but I also agree this is ONE of those ways. For you to degrade a piece of art you insult the very principal of art it self. It is not like any other form of study for it should not be bound to any form of rules or discriminations. Art sends a message to us that memoirs, documentaries, speeches etc. cant. Do you get it now? If you do not like it keep walking, do not stop and stare. Nobody cares about your ruthless and close-minded critique and Im sure the artist would not either.

stupidest? you sound like dumb and dumber er er er er er er


[edit on 1-4-2009 by lastmanstanding]

[edit on 1-4-2009 by lastmanstanding]



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:34 PM
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I'm sorry but I cannot find any of the images... I'm feeling brave - cause per the intent
tis a bit taboo.

PS don't want see Nixon cross eyed after all

Thanks sadistic

MM



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 02:42 PM
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I wonder what Freud would have to say about this?

all i gotta say



posted on Apr, 1 2009 @ 09:30 PM
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There are images on her site, which is linked in the article I quoted.



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