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colour pencil drawings based on photos taken at kinbiken meetings i was invited to circa 1994-96
nureki sensei passed away on september 9th
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.
“what is your concept?”, the gallery showing the work asks – of course in response to this i am expected to spew out a lot of inane garbage artspeak with a lot of long words – so everyone is awed (in their incomprehension) and i am accepted as a real artist – urgh! – i actually find it the most irritating, irrelevant (and ignorant?) question to be continually faced with and refuse to answer (have no answer to?!) – apparently it isn’t enough to paint to make interesting images – it has to be vindicated by lies and nonsense – no “meaning” means no soul means it’s nothing – so be it, my work is paper-thin – i want to be thinner if that means being honest – i paint primarily for myself but naturally also hope to excite or agitate viewers – isn’t that the purpose of art (in regard to the fact that art has no intrinsic purpose!) – defining and imposing a “concept” robs the viewer of his/her own interpretation – effectively rendering it no longer art, to my mind – artists need to stick to dealing with pictures not words propping up their visual deficiencies (so why are you writing this trevor?) – what’s it about?, you tell me! – [the gallery will write their own bullshit : )]
[paraphrasing the akatako blurb]
akatako’s first piece of trevor brown jewelry is available for pre-order now! – due to arrive not quite in time for christmas so they’ll be shipped after the holidays – a 925 sterling silver pendant based on my “education” painting from “my alphabet” – featuring a “japanese school girl hanging from a noose, holding her little briefcase schoolbag behind her with pens and pencils stabbed into her eyes” – some kinda social comment i suppose? – the pendant measures 1.75″ (44mm) long and comes with a little polishing cloth to keep her shiny and new (chain not included) – price $60 – i have seen it and happily approved it, i think it does look nice