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“please do not read”

not that you even have the opportunity to read – this is some english student class college magazine/book published several months ago – “chaffey review ix”, a 239 page “innocence and experience” theme issue – i was asked to contribute and obliged (unpaid of course) – originally they asked for “teddy bear operation” but then changed their mind and asked for “bloodsucker” – so it appears the book came out and was immediately “yanked off shelves” by uncertain powers-that-be – and returned the next day with graphic content warning stickers attached – a poem containing the words “bang bang bang” seems to be held most responsible as it drew associations to a school shooting – but art also singled out: “paintings of a woman in bondage gear, a nude man with a bear head and another painting that substitutes popsicles for male genitals” (the latter referring to my “bloodsucker” painting i presume???)

naturally this “controversy” made me more piqued to get my promised complimentary copy – but nothing received except an email several weeks later saying they are now “freed” to send out copies – but still no copy received – and my subsequent enquiry ignored – after another enquiry last month they claimed they never had my address and “apologize for the inconvenience” – a euphemism for “who cares” as i’m still here expectantly waiting at my letterbox day after day for a parcel that hasn’t been sent – no answer to my latest letter – i give up, screw ’em!, who cares! – why did i get involved in such lame vanity publishing? – bang bang bang

everything is fxxxxd

artist paul yore (25) could be charged with producing and possessing child pornography after police, acting on a complaint, seized a number of works from a melbourne gallery on saturday – they were part of an installation made from collected “junk” entitled “everything is fucked” (!) – the exhibition came with warnings re viewer discretion and unsuitability for children due to potentially offensive images – most notably a cut out of a child’s body with justin bieber’s head superimposed and urinating from a dildo – the victoria child pornography law defined to include photographs of children who are, or look like they are, under the age of 16 engaging in sexual activity or depicted in an indecent sexual manner or context – so, if charges are made, paul yore could face ten years jail…

(i’d never heard of justin bieber before!)

people against pornography and sexual violence

this is something i somehow failed to blog about before – and something i feel a need to quickly rectify now in the light of developments in the previous post (or two?) – (and now having been brought back down to earth with a bump after my exhibition euphoria) – sorry for belated blogging of “old news”

the mori art museum staged the first major solo museum show of aida makoto earlier this year (november 2012 to march 2013 in fact) – the exhibition came with warnings about disturbing subject matter – and the sexually explicit works were considerately displayed in a specially designated room marked as suitable for 18 year old or over only

despite such measures protests and controversy broke out, led by a group calling themselves (of herself?!) “people against pornography and sexual violence” – i recently found a site with english translations of their protest letters – seems they were chiefly offended by the “dog” series (amputee girls) and other overtly “misogynistic” works – which they state “are products of child sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation” – they condemned the museum for staging the exhibition and called for works “that injure the dignity of women” to be removed – also requesting a two hour meeting to discuss the matter

the museum stood in support of aida makoto and declined to act in censoring the works – and stated “the ability of individuals to express and present freely a range of opinions is a positive aspect of japanese society” (a freedom about to be thrown away?!) – this didn’t appease the protesters of course who repeated their child pornography allegations and countered that the works say nothing (aida makoto might perversely agree, haha!) – they complained the reply did not address their protest and again demanded a meeting (“by, at the latest, the middle of february”) – the request apparently not entertained by the mori art museum – stalemate

it made for lots of press (free publicity!) and twittering – aida makoto typically being referred to incorrectly as a “manga artist” by english press – i saw my name crop up once or twice – also in regard to my own exhibition someone tweeted (google translation): “I was scared to feeling of freedom of Trevor Brown Exhibition. I wonder do Bunkamura. Such works is completely exposed to view state from a cafe in the center” – which was very true – my brightly lit works easily viewable by the cafe patrons – but i presume no complaints made – and young children were running round the gallery in delight! “kowakunai!”

the aida makoto exhibition catalogue – 250 pages, texts in japanese and english – it does repeat a lot of material from his previous monograph – which was also titled “monument for nothing”, just for confusion – (which in turn also repeats material from him first monograph “lonely planet”) – a must-buy nevertheless

as a further aside: a “best of trevor brown” (selected by the artist) compilation book was being discussed yesterday – as it may become illegal for me to own my own books, a new book suggested, that i can keep, that includes no images newly defined as child pornography (yeah right!, it’s going to be a very slim book?!)

protection of nonexistent children

a bill is currently being proposed making amendments to child pornography laws in japan – possession will become a crime (currently only sale, distribution and creation is) – the bill has yet to be made public but said to be widening the definition of child pornography to include manga and anime and any depiction that might be construed as a child portrayed in a way that might be construed sexual – also encompassing literature, texts and emails – the japan book publishers association, opposing the bill, said in a statement: “while this bill says it is protecting children, the truth is it is also restricting freedom of expression” – we’ll know within a month if the bill is passed

graham ovenden continued…

another post to help redress the balance of graham ovenden images on the internet – a few “exclusives” here, including unusually playful things

the controversy still raging – the guardian fueling debate (here and here) – and the mail-online fueling hate (here and here) – besides the usual menagerie of internet “world put right by me” types who like to brag about their 127 iq and their belief in impartiality, treating everyone with equal respect (artists/”sick fat cunt”s who paint little girls NOT included obviously) – so time for trevor to put you right!

i think everything that could be said has been said by now – you can choose sides – i feel the “truth”, the extent of the actual sex crimes, has got a little buried however – so briefly, for the record (and as the ignorant media aren’t telling you), mr ovenden was convicted for:

1. getting into a bath tub with two girls asking one girl to wash his “john thomas” – no other sexual act
2. cupping his hands over the clothed chest of the same girl – both these charges (related to events up to 40 years old!) denied by ovenden
3. two photographs of a girl …who has continued to state she was never touched or mistreated by ovenden
4. one photograph of another girl with the now famous victorian nightdress and “black stickytape” blindfold – i’ve seen the photo – the blindfold is white, looks like cloth, and appears she could see out the bottom of it easily
5 and 6. “specimen” charges i don’t understand related to the act of repeated photography – being itself viewed as an indecent act even if the photographs not indecent themselves(???)

date for sentencing not set – we’re not done here yet

no charges for painting – his paintings are innocent okay! – at least until the tate decides otherwise – which effectively they already have? – the idea his paintings are evidence of paedophilia and/or trophies for all his supposed child sex conquests firmly implanted in the public’s mind now (even liberal guardian readers)

personally i think his lolita works tend to sit on the mildly titillating end of the sensual-to-erotic-to-pornographic scale – mostly simple nudes (or not even nudes) with abstract backgrounds and nothing happening – basically portraits! – admittedly a certain idiosyncratic (unwitting?) somberness (also prevalent in his landscapes) which gives his work it’s artistic edge – or alternatively viewed as something troubling – “sexualised” images?, if you must, but any sexualisation is largely by you the viewer?! – or by the gutter press – to whit the censored/pornographicised image below courtesy of the mail-online (they removed it after their duplicity pointed out to them!)

ovenden gave up photography 25 years ago i think i read – and has made no new little girl paintings for a similar time?

and produced more paintings of trees than girls?!

related posts:
graham ovenden on trial
not the tate
“…it’s over, i guess – for now?‏…”

see also: salome [barry burman]