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my biggest and littlest books!
the timeless edition of “drawing book” in the post today – looks great, i’m happy! – just 300 copies – so this sorta becomes the limited edition version (as there’s no special edition of the editions treville version) – buy here or here
akatako t-shirts arrived today – all a bit too embarrassing for me to actually wear! : )
there’s already very clear photos on the akatako shop so i only need to add that the designs are “soft”, as opposed to the usual heavy plasticky or cardboard type print – definitely preferable, tho at some expense of detail and color accuracy (due to color separations)
the western world gets “drawing book” a month early! – hot’n'sticky off the press, the timeless edition is now out and available for purchase! – A3 size – 300 copies – just 20 euro – buy it here
the japan version now has an october 15 publication date – 120 page paperback (with dust wrapper) – pre-orders open from amazon and akatako (akatako, btw, also have mrs brown’s hippie coco’s planet book in stock)
both books designed by me and contain the same art – except completely different format, layout and colors – more info here
a talk about me at lair de sade in los angeles – which happened yesterday! : / – altho tweeted some weeks ago, i completely forgot about it – (i’ve actually just come back from england) – did anyone attend i wonder? – especially as the bdsm community, in my experience, are a somewhat puritanical/non-libertine/hypocritical bunch – well, they don’t like me anyway…
a promo blurb posted on fetlife:
This Saturday I am presenting a class on the artwork of Trevor Brown, a British ex-pat artist who has been working in Japan for the last two decades. There are a couple of reasons why. But the main one is this: I don’t think we pay enough attention to art anymore and I think we do so at our own risk.
The kind of art I am talking about is not the erotic photography we see all the time on Fetlife. Not that erotic photography isn’t art or isn’t important; it is. But other forms of art are capable of challenging us, making us think, and making us uncomfortable in completely different ways.
And, in my opinion, no one does this more effectively than Trevor Brown.
One of the things about his work that I find compelling is that it in almost every image he embodies a fundamental contradiction, which resonates deeply with my experience in BDSM. Our own proclivities towards sadism provoke a curious set of opposites. We only want to hurt the ones we love. We only want to cause people who want to be hurt to be hurt by pushing them to the place where they really don’t want to be hurt anymore. Of course, that is precisely what they desire: to not want the things they want. Or maybe it is to want the things they don’t want.
So along comes an artist who puts that down on canvas. His unwavering ability to set things in opposition that have no business being brought together. To see the humor and absurdity in pain and suffering. To paint pictures of our most revered and precious resources (cuteness generally and cute young girls in particular) in the most disturbing and upsetting contexts (trauma, damage and pain). To make erotic the things that, by their very nature, we are told should never be eroticized.
When I show his work to my friends (who are admittedly a bit outside the norm), I invariably get the same response: “That is sooooo wrong. I love it!”
Even the response to his work embodies a contradiction.
Art allows us to speak about things that are often taboo or unacceptable to voice. It is a medium that is not about words, but about feeling and emotion. It is the realm of the image and imagination.
Trevor Brown’s work is a way of exploring, reconciling, questioning and even provoking a bit of fear about the contradictions we, in this community, all live with and all-too-often ignore.
Join me on Saturday as I attempt to engage these contradictions in a way that is both meaningful and relevant to how we choose to live our lives, embrace our kink and explore our own imagination in a world that can be filled with contradiction.