Sweet Erotic Decadence in The Creative World of Art and Architecture
For many, Valentine’s Day is about chocolates and roses and everything maudlin and red, but lets take a look at all things… sweet erotic and decadence in the creative community. For certain Creatives in the realms of art and architecture, the erotic is not simply a coquettish ruse of temptation, but it holds an essential place as something profoundly beautiful in their creations and their very creative DNA.
Sweet Erotic Decadence in The Creative World of Art and Architecture – Ellen Von Unwerth
The formidable queen of feminine erotic. For this German photographer by blood and birth, female sexuality is in a constant state of contradiction, between vulnerability and strength; vintage style with a modern edge; dominatrix and china doll innocence. Von Unwerth’s girls gaze unflinchingly into the camera with looks that would have shocked visitors of The Salon, just as the works of Manet and Corbet once did. Yet subjects once labelled as harlots and women of the looser moral variety are rendered figures of empowerment and beauty in her unabashed portrait of female sexuality.
Her photographs depict sexuality in many forms, from playful and flirtatious to more aggressive overt depictions of sexuality, but whatever the form, her photographs share one thing in common: each holds a secret. Perhaps it is the desire to unlock this secret that attracts us to her work, as if to unlock the secret of her photographs were to unlock the very secret of femininity itself.
Sweet Erotic Decadence in The Creative World of Art and Architecture – Tracey Emin
Multidisciplinary artist Tracey’s Emin’s take on the erotic is far more literal, but certainly no less intimate. Compared with Unwerth’s whimsical black and white tableaux, Emin’s work leans closer to the real—and thus controversial for some—with titles like Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995 and My Bed. The former: a tent installation, the inside of which Emin had sewn the names of her past sexual partners. The latter: Emin’s own unmade bed with stained sheets and surrounded by bedroom objects from used condoms to slippers and old newspapers.
Among Emin’s most recognizable creations are her neon works. She twists neon light into the curves of scripture to form sentences such as: You Forgot To Kiss My Soul, I never wanted to Leave You, and It Was Just A Kiss. Her light installations, like her other creations, are notes of love and heartbreak of the most unabashedly raw and intimate kind.
Sweet Erotic Decadence in The Creative World of Art and Architecture – Constantin Brancusi
Sometimes the erotic is most potent in subtlety. There are few Creatives who have mastered the fine art of understated sensuality as sculptor Constantin Brâncuși. Although the Romanian-born, Paris expat died in 1957, he is immortalized by his astonishingly modern creations.
The flowing lines, soft curves and strikingly minimalist shapes of Brâncuși’s sculptures evoke a sense of pure poetic expression. It is the suggestive that pushes our mind to wander into association. Brancusi’s Bird in Space might bring to mind a more phallic representation, and in the next moment, appears as a discarnate sliver of radiant light. Other works, such as Portrait of Mademoiselle Poigny, an abstract bust enveloped by flowing curves, or The Kiss, depicting two figures carved in close embrace, are perhaps the more obvious in terms of sensuality. Wherever on the spectrum of erotic abstraction, Brancusi’s works are bound by their capacity to arouse a deep and moving sentiment of worldly love from the most abstracted, non-literal representations.
Visit the MOMA museum in New York to see this amazing exhibition of the artist work.
Sweet Erotic Decadence in The Creative World of Art and Architecture – Norman Foster’s Gherkin
Architecture, by its very fundamental elements, is often sensuous and suggestive of other forms. It is what our imagination constructs from the object which makes it so erotic. Norman Foster’s architectural creations are an example of this subtle art of libido meets the surreal.
Winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1999, Foster attended the Yale School of Architecture and later worked with renowned architect and Mapper, Lord Richard Rogers. The British architect’s “The Gherkin,” a phallus piercing London’s skyline—and whose original design to be 385 metres in height was for deemed too high—is as much symbol of capitalist power as erotic emblem.
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