the sundeck would be jammed.
Not a bad place to take a good beer, right?
Château de Caen – William the Conqueror built the Castle c. 1060
Then dievca spotted this at the supermarché…what?
“Sex in a Canoe” Beer
(all the way from outside Dallas, Texas)
Photos: dievca 08/2018 Caen, France
A comprehensive body of work, Graff’s Constriction series began in 1991. Much of the series was photographed over an intensive two-year period (1991-1992), after which the series was revisited in 2013.
In Constriction, we discover nude figures bound with ropes. Their bodies, partially concealed, are meticulously wrapped in a manner reminiscent of the ancient Egyptian mummy wrap technique. Captured in raking light, the bodies appear incomplete, resembling at times heavy stone sculptures.
The eroticism of a rope-tied nude figure has appealed to many artists in the past. Man Ray’s 1936 Venus Restaurée, a precursor to Graff’s work, binds a classical armless female nude with rope. However, Graff’s nude figures are too complex to be interpreted as mere sexual fantasies. Graff’s subject matter stems primarily from his fascination with the ritual of binding body parts found in various indigenous cultures.
Another source of inspiration for Graff is the escapologist and stunt performer Harry “Handcuff” Houdini, who would often volunteer to be bound and chained on stage before performing a miraculous escape. This theatrical element is alluded to in Graff’s studio set, which often incorporates a painted canvas backdrop reminiscent of a Victorian stage or sideshow backdrop.
Graff’s bound nude figures offer many potential interpretations, making the Constriction series a dynamic, dramatic, and timeless body of work. ~ Todd Merrill Gallery
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Walk side by side,
listening and sharing.
Gain strength with skin to skin contact,
comfort through olfaction.
If one cannot regroup via travel,
traveling though the mind helps.
Look at beauty with someone close.
Dream through their eyes.
If that is not possible,
just remember you are loved.
Fred Kyrel – Fashion Shibari
For those Sirs and Madams with patience.
Two aspects of Nature can be very Raw: Weather and Sex
Both are tied to the Seasons
dievca has been dealing with Weather for the past 3 days.
she would like to move her attention to Sex
Yes, Sex can be gentle and loving. It can also be harsh and demanding.
In BDSM there is always the elements of domination and submission
surround by messy, earthy, direct and indirect actions.
Man Ray captured what dievca is desiring with his work for the Seasons.
Models: Man Ray and Kiki de Montparnasse
When the Brussels-based art magazine Varits was unable to pay a printers’ bill in 1929 it was suggested that they publish an erotic edition to raise working capital; Louis Aragon approached Man Ray for some photographs to include in the volume, and was presented with a sheaf of closely cropped pornographic prints featuring a couple widely assumed to be Kiki Montparnesse and Man Ray himself. The edition was entitled simply 1929, and some 500 copies featuring four of the photos were printed. Most of them were promptly seized by French Customs, but the few copies that got through were soon on sale clandestinely in Paris at greatly inflated prices. (1929, by Benjamin Pret, Aragon and Man Ray is currently published by Alyscamps Press, Paris & London, ISBN 1897722 885).
(click here for the History of the photos via the Tate Modern 2003 article)
Hmmm — it looks like a NYC Subway Map, but that shape and color is…
Hah! a Penis!
Manhattan Island does look like a Penis!
It is different and risqué….I like it.
Artwork on Auction from Shop Housing Works NYC (click here)
Auction ends in about a week.
* Printed poster cut and inserted into CD cases
* Signed on back
* Appears to have been assembled by hand
* Edition 28/100
* Great condition
Add a little Hot Rod Art to you walls. dievca thinks the work was done for a San Diego punk band “Rocket from the Crypt” performing at the Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
The LUSH curves made her smile!
(click on the Lot Id # for the auction, ending on Sunday evening)
* Serigraph on paper
* Edition: 152/1500
* Signed on lower right
* Mounted on linen
* Shows light signs of wear with some scuffing and pin holes to linen corners
Coop, real name Chris Cooper, is a hot rod artist working from Los Angeles. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1968, and describes his occupation as “Insensitive Artiste”. His work consists primarily of barely clothed Bettie Page-style 1950s soft pornography and/or B-movie monsters, with the female characters often taking the role of “Devil-Women”. The image most often associated with his work is however slightly more tame: the face of a grinning devil with a smoking cigar clamped in its teeth.
Coop has become popular with certain bands and labels and has provided art for several Sympathy for the Record Industry releases as well as the posters for Reverend Horton Heat, Lords of Acid, Green Day, Nirvana, Soundgarden and The Foo Fighters.
Coop is an avid hot rod enthusiast and well-known amongst the Kustom Kulture community. He makes an annual appearance at the Mooneyes Xmas party. He released a book in 2001 called Devils Advocate: The Art of Coop. In 2004 he released The Big Fat One, containing 1008 pages of collected sketches, and has recently formed a collaboration with Hot Wheels to sell a series of miniature “Coop-Customized” hot rods.