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Old 08-18-2007, 01:26 PM
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Re: Public displaying of Nude Art


Your last post neglected to give proper weight to a very critical element in this topic: The intent and emotional energy of the artist behind the work.

When an artist "breathes life" into a figurative work, it is not an objective, emotionally neutral thing ( in most cases ) whereby any prurient interests are all the responsiblity of the viewer. Rather, a nude figure will reflect the perceptions of the artist. The clay or stone will take on the "vibration" of the person working it. If the artist has worked at a higher plane than the dwelling upon sexuality, then the piece will be much less likely to be a cause for sexual arousal and more likely to communicate the intention that the nude was designed to convey.

One can understand this by comparing most Ancient Greek nudes, or many 19th century nudes, " The Kiss ", by Hamo Thornycroft being a great example, with the commercially successful 20th century nudes by Bill Mack. Bill Mack found that sex sells, and his works exude that focus. They are far more likely to stimulate a sexual response in a viewer than the Greek or 19th century ones, which exalt the dignity of the soul and celebrate the beauty of form. One can find sexual stimulation in these as well, but then it probably becomes a matter of what is in the eye and mind of the beholder.

We have already discussed how portraits tend to reflect the features of the artist as well as the subject. This is also true about the emotional states of the artist. People will respond to and be effected at some level by those states. Again, something to consider when creating public art or working in a permanent media.

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