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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.
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.
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.