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Merlion 03-24-2006 08:14 PM

Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth Statue - Monument to Pro-Life
 
Interesting. Nice photo of the life-size sculpture in the full news article found here.

Nude Britney Spears Giving Birth Statue - Monument to Pro-Life

Posted on Friday, March 24, 2006 (EST)
A nude statue of Britney Spears giving birth to her son Sean Preston, by artist Daniel Edwards, has been dedicated to Pro-Life by Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg gallery district, New York.

BROOKLYN (March 22, 2006) --- A nude Britney Spears on a bearskin rug while giving birth to her firstborn marks a ‘first’ for Pro-Life. Pop-star Britney Spears is the “ideal” model for Pro-Life and the subject of a dedication at Capla Kesting Fine Art in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg gallery district, in what is proclaimed the first Pro-Life monument to birth, in April. .....

“Monument to Pro-Life: The Birth of Sean Preston,” believed Pro-Life’s first monument to the ‘act of giving birth,’ is purportedly an idealized depiction of Britney in delivery. Natural aspects of Spears’ pregnancy, like lactiferous breasts and protruding naval, compliment a posterior view that depicts widened hips for birthing and reveals the crowning of baby Sean’s head.

The monument also acknowledges the pop-diva’s pin-up past by showing Spears seductively posed on all fours atop a bearskin rug with back arched, pelvis thrust upward, as she clutches the bear’s ears with ‘water-retentive’ hands.

“Britney provides inspiration for those struggling with the ‘right choice’,” said artist Daniel Edwards, recipient of a 2005 Bartlebooth award from London’s The Art Newspaper. “She was number one with Google last year, with good reason --- people are inspired by the beauty of a pregnant woman,” said Edwards.

Capla Kesting denies the statue was developed from a rumored bootleg Britney Spears birth video. The artist admits to using references that include the wax figure of a pole-dancing Britney at Las Vegas’ Madame Tussauds and ‘Britney wigs’ characterizing various hairstyles of the pop-princess from a Los Angeles hairstylist. And according to gallery co-director, David Kesting, the artist studied a bearskin rug from Canada “to convey the commemoration of the traditional bearskin rug baby picture.” ......

grommet 03-25-2006 11:54 AM

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What a load of cr--. Like that moment in time, with that particular person has anything to do with the reality of pregnancy, birth or child-rearing. If anything, it emphasizes the delusional state of the pro-life contingent.

Beyond that, it's a gutsy sculpt.

sculptorsam 03-25-2006 12:07 PM

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The only word to explain that is bizarre. Simply bizarre. Generally speaking, I'm a big fan of the bizarre - but I wouldn't want that in my home.

Jamo 03-25-2006 02:26 PM

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I don't think it looks like her. weird stuff not something I would find inspiring just weird, its pretty funny actually.

G. Murdoch 03-25-2006 03:50 PM

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I like the idea. I don't particularly care for the attachment of celebrity. While attending the birth of my daughter, Gabrielle, I was quite literally in awe of the amount of effort exerted, and pain endured by her mother.

When Gabrielle was 2-3 I bought a book "Heart of the Goddess" images of the sacred feminine from all around the world stretching back to the Woman of Willendorf. Several sculptures had the crowning of the infant's head as the composition.

One day I will carve the moment of birth. It is one of the most powerful and significant events in the life cycle. To date my figurative work has been about quiet contemplation, the splendor of action, tenderness of parent and child. I am attracted to renderings of conception, gestation, birth, growth, maturity, decrepitude, and death.

Graham

oddist 03-27-2006 09:55 AM

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Totally opportunistic if you ask me...

Artist, model, gallery, and cause...

Such is much in the art world today. :(

RCFA-Raven 03-27-2006 10:19 AM

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I agree with everyone so far and couldn't put it better myself. This might have apealed to me more if the artist hadn't said it was Brit??? But it is very odd, no matter what.

Blake 03-28-2006 01:38 AM

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I think it is very bizarre and although I appreciate the beauty of childbirth I think that there are many ways of portraying a mother and child that are much more beautiful but much less shocking, which is more the point of this piece. Allot of what art is about today is marketing and using a celebrity and a cause is a standard approach, I don’t think that this is about pro-life nor is it about the beauty of childbirth it is about sales and creating a new worthy event rather than creating art.
I think that Murdoch's comment is interesting, she doesn't look like she is in pain at all, she seems rather nonchalant about it, as if she is more involved with the bear rug than her baby.
I wouldn’t want to have it in my home, but there is no accounting for taste.
Blake

philpraxis 03-28-2006 05:14 AM

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Why is human sculpture so much associated with ugly treatment of surfaces and old-fashioned looks as this sculpture is?

It seems to me that only few contemporary artists did interesting things with nudes... (Comes to mind: David Mach with The Harem Figure for example)

Can we speak of post-80's sculpture with the work of a handful of sculptors?

fritchie 03-29-2006 09:21 AM

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Not a bad sculpture, but a bit silly in my opinion. She's supported only by her knees and the hands loosely holding the bearskin ears. The image is of the clay; no time for casting because the purpose is newsworthiness and not art.

Obviously, we are in for a long ride with imagery of all sorts catching the crowd's attention. The artist benefits, the salesperson benefits, an attached promotional group benefits in this case, the medium or media benefit, ... .

It reminds me of circuses coming to town as when I was much younger, the town was small, and the daily routine included school, cutting the grass, making dinner, doing the wash, gathering the daily bread, ... .

Life requires diversion, and nowadays diversions are fast and odd. I have to admire the sculptor and the gallery for their alertness. Tempus fugit!

Merlion 03-30-2006 12:30 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by fritchie
Not a bad sculpture, but a bit silly in my opinion. She's supported only by her knees and the hands loosely holding the bearskin ears. The image is of the clay; no time for casting because the purpose is newsworthiness and not art.

Obviously, we are in for a long ride with imagery of all sorts catching the crowd's attention. The artist benefits, the salesperson benefits, an attached promotional group benefits in this case, the medium or media benefit, ... . [snip]

Not that I would do it myself, apparently attracting publicity is the name of the game, isn't it?

The sculpture has not yet been shown to the public. There is still one month to go. And already there are more than 300 news website around the world reporting on this sculpture.

To Britney, this extra publicity is perhaps insignificant. But because of this sculpture, so many more people all over the world will have heard of the sculptor Daniel Edwards, the art gallery Capla Kesting and the organization Pro-Life.

justme 03-30-2006 05:12 PM

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Good Grief,
I'm sure there are many better "poster children" to represent the pro-life movement. I too don't think that is what it is about.
j

Merlion 04-06-2006 10:35 AM

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After quite a lot of early publicity, this sculpture has just been unveiled to the public at the Brooklyn gallery.

These excerpts below is from one of the news reports after the unveiling. Note the comments about the artist.

Britney sculpture causes uproar
Thu Apr 6 2006

A controversial lifestyle sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth has been unveiled in a Brooklyn gallery.

The Capla Kesting Fine Art Gallery has revealed the sculpture to the public showing a nude Brit kneeling on a bearskin rug whilst giving birth. [snip]

The 'art' piece has caused a political storm but Edwards is keen to explain that he purely sees Brit as a modern fertility goddess. [snip]

The sculpture isn't particularly true to faith, Britney gave birth by caesarean birth, but Edwards decided to portray it in his own way.

Edwards is no stranger to celebrity art controversy -- the artist also sculpted Ted Williams' decapitated head, which was frozen in hopes that science could one day revive the baseball hero.

Edwards has hinted his next celebrity target may be father-to-be Tom Cruise and has warned us all to stay tuned.


Click here for the full article.

iron ant 04-06-2006 11:48 AM

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Alright right,what a crock of crap,pr move of the week.Some poor sculptor,probally been doing figrive work for decades,but can,t get that break ,is at home scatching there head right now.I sa its art with a fart...........................IA

sculptr97 04-06-2006 04:13 PM

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There is no way in the world the Pro-Life movement has sanctioned this.

syndicate.01 06-02-2006 03:44 PM

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Here's sa'more [explicit] images of that preggy girly statue, ya'll :) :) ...[That I love, so much :) :) ]
http://www.my.opera.com/syndicate.01...65081/e01..png
http://www.my.opera.com/syndicate.01...65081/e02..png

jim 06-03-2006 05:01 PM

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Ya!!! i wouldnt want it in my house but i do like the art work..
doesnt matter if its britt or another women.. when i look at the work i dont see britt, i see a great monent in life..although my wife would never pose for a shot like that..

syndicate.01 06-06-2006 04:21 PM

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THOUGHT YOU ALL WOULD BE INTERESTED :D :D :D :D :p :p ....

Candice Lee 06-07-2006 11:42 AM

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Something fake about it—there is no beauty (more interest in the details of the hairdo than any substance), no emotional content or expression as others have said…quite stiff, with poor anatomy: take a look at the misplaced right shoulder in the posted photo, for instance.

The sculpture definitely shows the female in an animalistic way that tends toward misogyny. Only our four-legged friends give birth that way. It also fails to show birth as something beautiful, sexualizing it, as if that were the only way it could be made acceptable.

Ditto to what others have said about Britney as poster child for pro-life. She is a married, multi-millionaire who chose to get pregnant, not a teen welfare mother who seriously considered abortion, struggled with a weighty decision and chose to have the child. What’s the connection?

Candice

syndicate.01 06-07-2006 12:39 PM

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- Everyone lets keep it civil and not personal here. -

syndicate.01 06-07-2006 02:20 PM

HEY, BOYS & GIRLS!......
 
I DUN WHEN UN FORGOT JUAN..... HEERE U GOW :p :p :p .......

http://my.opera.com/syndicate.01/hom...65081/e09..png

Arrow 06-07-2006 08:28 PM

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKuemHM6EWE

Severed Heads of Daniel Edwards

Merlion 06-08-2006 11:53 AM

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Here I'll comment only on the artistic aspects of this deliberately controversial sculpture by Edwards.

Artistically, I like the grey color in the earlier publicity photos. There is something uncomfortable with the final color which is near skin color. Those of us who make figurative sculptures may know that skin color is a wrong choice when it is applied to the whole sculpture, as it includes the hair, the eyes, the lips, etc.

On another matter that looks wrong. At the front, the pregnant mother looks calm and relaxed, as shown by her face and the hands. But at the back, she is seen to be at the point of pushing the baby out, which means she would be exerting herself and in great pain.

But other than these, it can be seen that the artist has done his homework making many parts of the body realistic.

RuBert 06-09-2006 12:55 PM

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I don't really care to host these images.

I'll leave the link for now, but we don't need them posted in our face to discuss the sculpture or the artist intent.

Please keep discussions on topic and without personal attacks.

syndicate.01 08-08-2006 11:17 AM

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Look like good old RUBARK, don't loike to exercise the right of free sppech, even for arts sake......


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