Saturday, August 11, 2012

Art Feature: SPACE PORN


On August 3rd, 2012, I had found myself embarking on an adventure that I could not turn away from - mainly because it was an event my beloved photographer was featured in.

This event was entitled SPACE PORN ARTSHOWPUNKSHOW  hosted at the Hi 5 Bar & Gallery. The theme of the entire showing was "Touch Me Space Porn", and out of this world it was. Many artists from the Tri-State area came together to have their kinky intergalactic art displayed around this awesome bar. There were also several musical performances, and a burlesque show that was to die for, or at the least make you question your sexuality.


The first lovely artist I got to interview was Denise Diaz:

Perversion of Orgasmic Love


Chanté D: So what is happening in Perversion of Orgasmic Love?
Diaz: The story itself is [the] little green men visiting a planet and they find statues that look like people embracing, but in a way it's almost like they're perverting it because their actually interest are certain body parts.

There’s one reaching for her breast [and] another with a hard-on at the bottom. So they’re the phallic symbols, especially the [green man] that’s between the two statues. And for me it’s what constitutes orgasms and what constitutes having emotional connections in an orgasm, and in my head, what perverts it are phallic symbols, and actually men in general, or at least in our society. 

So in a way, or in this painting, it’s so alien for [men] to understand what it is like to connect with somebody because for some reason, at least in my experience, they’re not focusing in the right places. It’s not about the physical thing, and that’s why [the statues] aren’t touching… it’s not the actual sexual gratification, something more comes out of that.

Ragin'

What can you tell me about Ragin? It’s kind of like a BDSM* type thing… There’s no actual male genital, the woman is in control here, and instead of the woman being the object, it’s the man being the object… 

Well, think about in pornography, who is actually the superstar... I was not really feeling very happy because of how sexuality is handled between a man in a woman with what I heard from other [people’s] experiences and stories, and again, the man is alienated in a way, he’s not really a man, he’s a crazy weird beast thing… 

This is her thought process, she’s in control of everything; she’s in control of her environment, she’s in control of what’s going on sexually. And for her, what she gets out of this is being on top, that’s where her sexual gratification is, but for him there is no sexual gratification at all. He’s being used. He’s the object. And I consider a humiliation pose. [He’s facing] ridicule because there is harm to his male genital, and he’s trying to stop her but there are these things holding his hand back. 

Its like: 'No. You will feel how I feel, how I felt, for being objectified, or for being dehumanized.' So this is a lot more negative, I would say.




Next I sat down with Robyn Tang and discussed some of her SPACE PORN pieces:

Orgy in Space

Orgy in Space isn't very explicit, so how is this your idea of an orgy? It's what’s going on in the background. It’s very nuanced, if you look closely to the picture, all of the faces and characters and personalizations are blending into each other. 

Also I included like a million phalluses in it, and vaginas here and there. So it’s pretty much just this gigantic space blob of stream of consciousness stuff that are pushed back because of the very solid figures in the front [who] I feel compositionally, fit. They’re alien humanoids.

Post-Coital Reflections

So what’s going on in this next piece, Post-Coital Reflections? It just an abstract picture, it’s sort of similar to Orgy in Space. I mixed in a ton of expressionistic faces and then the rest is just mixed in skin... 

It’s another stream of consciousness piece of all these different things happening at once and being seen together as a unity… This is going into the tradition of 70’s feminist art, where it’s realization of myself through all these different things that you identify with.

Untitled

So why is this drawing untitled? Because when I was working on it, I wasn’t really thinking of any particular broad stroke theme. It’s just a person sitting in some sort of alien climate of patterns. If you were to see any of my previous drawings, I have this overarching theme of just patterns encompassing everything.



The Bedroom

So what is The Bedroom? It’s a close-up picture of just a pair of legs, from a first person perspective of looking down… [The bedroom] is a safe place for you, its not something you would be able to call ‘the subway’ or ‘the park’. [It shows] being able to identify yourself without a third person party looking in.







My last interview was with the absolutely amazing, talented, slightly disturbed, brilliant, Shane Velazquez:

Still Life with Three Cats

Tell me about this piece, Still Life with Three Cats. The concept is an orgy of demons and bunnies, since I draw both of them frequently. And it was suggested to me that I should combine the two and have the ultimate orgy picture. And I said ‘that’s amazing, that is exactly what I want to do, that’s what I live to do’, so I started working on this, and it took about 18 hours collectively…

The central and first image was thee creature that is sort of lording above all of them, and beneath him is just his friends having fun, and he’s happy about it... He’s wearing a hat, which is borrowed from Jesus Christ Superstar, the pharoses priest wear bizarre plastic hats that look kind of like that, it’s also suppose to look like a Greek Orthodox priest hat…

[I] put a kind of Roman ruin architecture in the back, just like a classical painting, and just fill it up with different windows in which distinct things were going on, cause that would make it look more busy. And that would give me a chance to frame specific f*cked up things happening, rather than just make it be too out of control. 

And [with] the central pillar, I thought ‘What this picture needs is a koala bear’, and I thought ‘Where should he go, he can’t be part of the action because he can’t give consent’, but I said ‘Well then he should be their god’, so he’s the central statue thing behind the supervisor demon, if you will. And that’s their god and they cavort in his honor… 


[They're in] hell, and they are quite happy, as Black Adder’s said back in 1983, “heaven is for people who like the sort of things that go on in heaven”. And hell is for people that like the other sort of things. So there they all are, enjoying themselves, having the orgies that got them sent to hell to begin with, and just enjoying each other's company. No one here is really being hurt, just kind of having a laugh.

Space Cabbage

So what's happening with this piece? It's called Space Cabbage. I was asked to do a logo for a band that has astronaut in its title, requesting for a giant cabbage that resembled a vagina, and with the astronaut sticking a lance [into the cabbage], and they’re fighting in some way, so I thought why not do medieval jousting, and since I did not have the patience to fill in space, and because my markers are not expensive enough to do a good solid black blending with planets in the background, I thought why not put it in a totally white background and just have the shadows be visible to make it all the more surreal. And I thought that was jolly good fun.



The night ended with a special burlesque performance done by Miss Cherry Delight entitled It Came in Outer Space.

For more info on the Space Porn art gallery, their pieces and their artists please stop by the Hi 5 Bar & Gallery located at 60-59 Myrtle Ave, Flushing, NY 11385.




* - bondage, discipline, sadism, and masochism