Wednesday, October 8, 2008

political-erotical-mystical

i just saw this quote on Exposure Project.

"I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum." 
—Claes Oldenburg, 1961

love it.  i want to see a contemporary photograph that is full on political-erotical-mystical.  (all three.  not just two!)  

what have you got for me, internets?

here are just a few that i think nail two, but not all three categories:

erotical-mystical:

(Miranda Lehman)
(Hanna Liden)


political-erotical:

(David Wojnarowicz, from Rimbaud in New York: not a fresh, contemporary image, but still so amazing.)

(Jen Smith, quoting Catherine Opie.  Opie's work would fall into this category for me as well.  actually, a lot of work falls into the category of 'political-erotical,' but not all of it moves me especially...)


political-mystical:

(can mystical and political co-exist?  they often repel each other.  but i think this one fits the bill, by Guillaume Herbaut, from the Asgarda series.)

political-erotical-mystical?
please send thoughts my way!  you get to define the terms however you wish.


3 comments:

colin pantall said...

Christine Keeler by Lewis Morley in a commercial-literal sort of way, or the Polish Venus by Rineke Dijkstra but then you could put almost any category in and I'd say that. Rankin's Tony Blair portrait in a very strange and pervy self-loving kind of way...

Those are a bit rubbish suggestions, but there must be loads loads more.

colin pantall said...

Just about anything from Mikhailov's Case History - there's something mystical going on there I think.

Rachel Marsden said...

What about the work of Australian artist Ray Cook? I can't decide if he fits into all three categories at once in an obvious way but he definitely is close.

www.raycook.com.au