Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Pornography in Art
I know this is kind of expanding on what other people have already posted, but I've been thinking about what I was going to write all day and just couldn't because I've been at work. Also, I'm not really sure who to re: to anyway. But what I've been thinking about is that I don't really see a reason that pornography has to be separate from art. I understand that most people don't want to watch some gritty porno filmed in someone's basement and then discuss its merit, but pornography inserted itself (no pun intended) into literature, film and art long ago. Voltaire's Candide has a lot of pretty perverse references, A Clockwork Orange is extremely prurient, and a couple more overtly sexual films are Eyes Wide Shut and Y Tu Mamá También. The main difference between all these works of art and the basement-porn mentioned before is that they have a plot and a bigger budget. Seeing Kubrick's room full of naked, masked women could be just as or more enticing as Girls Gone Wild, depending on the viewer. I guess ultimately I agree completely with Clint's idea that pornography really can be art, and I add that it is already in art anyway. It's silly to pretend like pornography is just something strange and taboo.