Junk & Peen (warning, naughty bits follow)

Studio vignette with censored safer sex poster from 1988.

Recently I tried to join an online Facebook reading group, although I recognized their conservative leanings, their thoughtful discussions around the Great Books encouraged me to follow them. I was, perhaps naively, taken aback when I received an automated reply that my Facebook page did not meet Community Standards. The post that drew their ire was the one above, posted pre-scribbled fig leaf-although I am pretty confident, that even with self censorship I would still not meet their standards.

Although taken aback, I really can understand their position from a conservative Christian perspective. I have , rather boldly, sometimes with a puerile inclination to provoke, lavishly depicted genitalia , specifically boy parts, in my work.

Only the other day I was in discussion with a friend concerning my upcoming show In Fairyland and the question was raised as to how I wanted to alert the public to my “x-rated” work (the argument being to shelter children). That statement I must say was more startling for it came not from a religious conservative .  I was taken aback once again.

Startling because although my work might technically  warrant an x-rating for its nudity it isn’t pornographic. These instances of how my work is perceived (misperceived?) has left me pondering,  what do  I think about depicting the human form in its un-neutered form?  For me, aside from some boyish visual pranks, the nude male form  is inherently vulnerable and exposed. 

My nightmare state as this self portrait attests.

“Oedipus & the Sphinx
or
Self Portrait of the Artist as an Inquisitive Flea”
2018
Sanuine pencil, white charcoal highlights on toned paper
24 by 18 inches

I’ve tried, too bluntly perhaps, to explore this vulnerable existential state. Perhaps unsuccessfully.

I have of late finding myself questioning as to whether or not to include a peen or not, is it necessary to make my point or to gratify my aesthetic vision?  Sometimes it is, often it isn’t. I don’t find this to be restrictive self-censorship but rather a more discerning , aware approach to making.

But I must say rather disappointing as I’ve fancy myself to have mastered textile willies.

The following is a gallery sure to offend Community Standards, please rate it an “X”.

Studio vignette with censored safer sex poster from 1988.

Author: babylonbaroque

I am a painter and printmaker working towards creating a body of work that reflects my own developing aesthetic. New work ,first link. The second link is an on-line portfolio.

2 thoughts on “Junk & Peen (warning, naughty bits follow)”

  1. I think you have to consider the context of the censorship you’ve experienced. I once posted a photo of an 18th century painting which had a small cherub showing a barely noticeable “peen”. FaceBook took it down, I contested their decision and reminded them of the lawsuit brought upon them by the French government over the censorship of a Gustave Courbet painting, they then put my post back up but it was taken down again within the next 15 minutes.

    As for your work, you have to be true to yourself and I’m quite sure you know that. “Peens” belong in your work just as much as any other element, that’s how they got there in the first place. I urge you to stand proud, erect as it were, and tell your sensors to leave you the hell alone and to go bother Judy Chicago.

    Sorry if that was too much of a rant, but I felt it was something you needed. Now get back to work.
    ~Richard

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