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Cum Face, the hyperrealistic sculpture
12.01.2016
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Venezuelan artist Luigi Rodriguez claims he has always been intrigued by orgasms. So he decided to study his own. The result is an unflinching hyperrealistic sculpture of his own face during orgasm—which he calls “Pure Luigi” or We Come As We Are.

Based in Madrid, Rodriguez spent most of this year learning the necessary skills to create his orgasmic self-portrait. He wanted “the finished artwork to be as close to real life as possible, so it was completely honest.”

It was a challenging and difficult process which Rodriguez admits took him outside of his comfort zone—putting himself in a highly “vulnerable state.” This exploration led Rodriguez to the conclusion that at the point of orgasm “we lose ourselves in the moment, removing all layers of fear, judgment and ego, revealing a face that represents who we are in the most pure state.”

“Pure Luigi” is certainly a powerful work of art. Rodriguez is keen to collaborate with others on further hyperrealistic sculptures—so, if you’re interested you can contact him here.
 
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More of Rodriguez’s orgasmic self-portrait plus a video of him at work, after the jump…
 

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12.01.2016
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Fake human remains become horrifyingly realistic high-art
10.21.2016
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A sculpture by Sarah Sitkin.
 
LA-based artist Sarah Sitkin says that when she was a kid she used to play with the “dental alginate” mold that dentists use in order to made reproductions of a patient’s teeth. The then budding sculptor and artist would spend “hours” creating plaster reproductions of her own face and hands. Now that you know at least that much about the highly-skilled Sitkin, it should be a bit easier trying to process her surreal sculptures, masks and disembodied heads and hands.

Another fateful aspect of Sitkin’s childhood is that her family owned a hobby shop called Kit Kraft which meant that she quite literally had any kind of artistic tool or material at her disposal. Deadstock inventory ended up in Sitkin’s hands and when she was finally able to work in the store herself she found herself rubbing shoulders with Hollywood special effects artists (including one of my favorites, the great Jordu Schell whose work can be seen in films from the Predator and Alien  franchises.) Sitkin has gone on to develop a large following (including Genesis P-Orridge) and is also the creator of a bizarre and wildly popular skin for the iPhone that not only looks like it was made of real flesh but also included an all-too-realistic ear on the back.

I’ve included a number of images below from Sitkin’s large portfolio that will really get under your own skin in all the best ways possible. That said some should be considered NSFW.
 

The artist wearing her own creations.
 

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10.21.2016
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Animal/human hybrid sculptures and other menacing ceramic characters
10.20.2016
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‘Wolf Girl III’ by sculptor and artist Cynthia Consentino, 2011.
 
Sculptor Cynthia Consentino hails from my state of birth Massachusetts, and is currently part of the Art Department staff at my mother’s alma mater of the University of Massachusetts. I hope Consentino’s students know how lucky they are to have such a talented (and rather wonderfully demented) mind at their disposal.

To help illuminate my point Consentino’s ceramic series called “Exquisite Corpse” borrowed its title and played upon the concept from a collaborative poetry game played by members of the Surrealist movement. It contains curious pieces that incorporate the bodies of animals and people with sinister and strangely captivating results. And while we’re on the topic of sinister ceramics Consentino’s portfolio is full of characters who fall into precisely that category, such as menacing looking human/wolf hybrids, angry children as well as toddlers armed with weapons.

According to an article on the artist from 2007, she was further inspired to mix-and-match her sculptures’ decidedly non-bianary gender compositions after reading a study that took on sexual stereotypes from the perspective of a five-year-old child. So instead of incorporating the heads (or bodies) of a predatory animal that one might associate with a “boy” Consentino sculpted a ferocious-looking wolf head onto the body of little girl wearing a pink dress. If you’d like to see Consentino’s work up close a few of her pieces are a part of four different current and upcoming exhibitions in New York, Pittsburgh, and Boston. Of course if you ever find yourself visiting the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in good-old Sheboygan, Wisconsin you’ll be able to get an eyeful of Consentino’s handiwork as her gorgeously odd creations adorn the walls and stalls of the entire ladies room.

Examples of Cynthia Consentino’s work follow—some might be considered NSFW.
 

 

‘Flower Girl I,’ 2004.
 
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10.20.2016
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‘Monumental Nobodies’: Artist paints civic sculptures with a subversive twist
09.01.2016
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‘Rockstar.’
 
In Glasgow, the city where I live, there’s an equestrian statue of the Duke of Wellington. This category-A monument situated on Queen Street, outside the Gallery of Modern Art, is famous not for its subject but rather for the regularity that traffic cones are placed on the grand Duke’s bonce. No one knows who puts them there. No sooner is one removed than another has replaced it. The Duke and his orange and white headgear are a symbol of the gallus nature of the city.

According to the city council, it costs $15,000 a year to have these pesky cones removed. A few years ago, the council considered raising the statue higher onto a second plinth—thus preventing any cheeky wee monkeys from hoisting yet another one on its head. In response, a Facebook campaign was started to save the cone. It received 75,000 “likes” in the first 24-hours. Since then the council installed CCTV cameras in a bid to capture the culprit(s) cone-handed.

This morning as I walked past the statue a fresh cone sat a jaunty angle on the Duke’s head. It’s not a mark of disrespect but rather a questioning of our inherited values, identity and history. History, after all, is written by the victors.

Matthew Quick asks similar questions about history, identity and inherited values with his series of paintings Monumental Nobodies. His starting point was “the monuments of empire and what happens to the things left behind, how they might be represented, or reutilised or reinterpreted.” He was also inspired by the sonnet “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley that tells of:

Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

The broken visage is all that remains of the once great king. Though there is a slight irony in the sonnet’s conceit that Ozymandias’ memory lives on in the lines of Shelley’s immortal posey.

Quick was reminded of this poem after watching television footage of American soldiers pull down a statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad during the Iraq War in 2003.

Removing the contemporary politics of the moment, I thought: ‘This is an invading army going in there and basically destroying art’.

The soldiers actions made Quick think of the ancient sack of Rome—“Except that the Visigoths were barbarians and the Americans did it for the cameras. It was a deliberate and stage-managed act,” as he explained in an interview

This led Australian Quick to produce Monumental Nobodies—a series of paintings re-examining our relationship with civic and classical sculptures.

Quick was late to his career as an artist. He had been a graphic designer, author, lecturer and art director before he started painting in earnest. When he was thirty-six, he was diagnosed with melanoma. The doctor’s prognosis was not good. It was suggested he may only have five years left to live. This caused Quick to reevaluate his life.

If you have only got a certain amount of time, what would you really like to be doing? It was the wake-up call I needed. Now I’m in a big rush. I am making up for lost time – what I’m doing now is what I’ve always wanted to do.

Thirteen years on, Quick is thankfully still alive and continues with his chosen career. It’s been over a decade since he turned “pro.” Since then he has won over sixty awards for his artwork and has exhibited in Australia and Europe. Technically brilliant, his work is powerful iconic and wonderfully cerebral. 

Quick started Monumental Nobodies before ISIS began thuggishly destroying historic buildings and artwork.

When you think about what ISIS is doing now, destroying artwork, we condemn that justifiably … but when the Americans did it, it was celebrated. These sorts of things intrigue me.

A statue of Saddam Hussein can be replaced but ancient monuments and temples cannot.

The irony is that when I started working on this series, the stuff with ISIS hadn’t happened. It has given it an extra layer of gravitas.

More of Matthew Quick’s work can be seen here.
 
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‘The Great Cover Up.’
 
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‘The Eternal Struggle.’
 
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Posted by Paul Gallagher
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09.01.2016
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Unsettling sculptures of the Torrance family from ‘The Shining’ that you can never unsee
08.04.2016
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Danny, Wendy and Jack Torrance sculptures.
 
Sculptor and artist Clair Monaghan says that she enjoys building and animating characters that tell a “story.” In this case Monaghan managed to scare the shit out of me by re-telling Stanley Kubrick’s 1980’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 1977 novel The Shining by creating three sculptures based on Danny, Wendy and Jack Torrance. I feel compelled to warn you that Monaghan’s bizarre sculptures cannot be unseen, much like the film itself.
 

An image of the jacked-up teeth in the mouth of Wendy Torrance sculpture
 
I’m especially freaked out by the jacked-up looking teeth protruding from Shelley Duvall’s clay face (see above). The sculptured choppers sent me scurrying to look at photos of Miss Duvall to see if in fact her actual teeth were that askew. While they are not perfect they are definitely not of the full-on hillbilly back-room dentistry variety that Monaghan created. Sadly Monaghan hasn’t updated her blog or website since 2012 and at that time it did not appear as though she was interesting in selling any of her clay Torrances. Which leaves us to revel in her curiously weird sculptures of three of cinema’s most famous faces frozen in time—just like Jack. 
 

 

Jack and Wendy Torrance together forever!
 
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08.04.2016
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Sculptures of post-apocalyptic people in disturbing situations
07.28.2016
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A curious sculpture by Kirsten Stingle
 
Atlanta-based sculptor and ceramist Kirsten Stingle found her calling after being profoundly affected by the horrific events of 9/11. She decided that she needed to get back to the creative roots that she had originally grown while a member of a long-running theater group in Florida. So she left her career in social welfare, but this time instead of getting her creative kicks from acting, Stingle delved into the delicate art of ceramic sculpture. Her profound works reflect the artist’s desire to push her voice “inside” her creations via the medium.
 

 
It would be easy for the grim overtones of Stingle’s art to overshadow her accomplished handiwork. The graceful flow of her figures make them appear as if they are about to move. Like a despondent street-corner mime, they are impossible to look away from. Her highly detailed works have distinct personalities that they wear in their frozen faces. Some resemble silent movie star Clara Bow if she had been catapulted into some future world (nearly) devoid of color. Here’s Stingle elaborating on the thought process that helps inspire her while when she’s busy building her perplexing “people.”

We try to appear very normal, but how we struggle with those different layers makes us human. We need to not only look at them but recognize the choices we make. I’m looking at the search for truth and struggle for redemption, as well as our own personal and societal limitations. How we adapt to those limitations is what shapes who we are.

Stingle will be showing the newest members of her ever-growing ceramic army in a solo exhibition in Atlanta called “Sacred and Profane” at Signature Contemporary in October.
 

‘Horseplay’
 

‘Little Cuts’
 
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07.28.2016
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Meat: Strange, disturbing and grotesque sculptures of flesh and bone
07.22.2016
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Russel Cameron creates surreal life-like sculptures of flesh and bone appendages.

Cameron’s sculptures of deformed limbs and freakish body parts look like they belong in a David Cronenberg movie or are perhaps some remnant meat blown off by an IED, or animal parts, trussed and ready for cooking. His artworks are almost obscene. They are disturbing, grotesque but at the same time compelling and strangely beautiful.

Cameron is a self-taught sculptor based in New York. According to a mission statement at the Macabre Gallery Russel’s main objective when creating a sculpture:

...is to give it life, feeling and a place among us, whether it be a classic bust or a deformed limb mounted on a sheet of wood the piece should speak and tell a story to the viewer.

A majority of Russel’s sculptures possess human characteristics such as skin texture and some form of anatomical structure, these traits all play an essential role in the creation of each piece.

Some artistic influences include Zdzislaw Beksinski, H.R. Giger, Francisco Goya and Hieronymus Bosch.

Russel believes everything on earth has it’s place and those who see beauty in what the masses find grotesque or disturbing have a gift worth exploring.

Cameron has work exhibited by the beinArt Gallery in New York and his work is for sale. You can also follow him on Instagram and Facebook.
 
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07.22.2016
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Unsettling sculptures convey the aftermath of confrontation and other iffy exploits
05.09.2016
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“Last Night Party,’ a sculpture by Javier Aguilera.
 
Sculptor Javier Aguilera hails from Spain and his strange, eerily lifelike sculptures look as though they could have been extras in the 1999 film Fight Club.
 

 
Aguilera’s sculptures don’t really tell us too much about how they came to be, and despite the fact that they mostly appear to have been on the winning side of a bare-knuckle brawl, it’s hard to be entirely sure.  From sculptures of hooligans taking what is surely not their first mugshot, to other battered-looking busts of people who (if they could speak) would perhaps quip “you should see the other guy,” Aguilera’s subjects all seem to be the byproducts of a Saturday night spent in the wrong part of town. When Aguilera’s work showed at the Gallery Poulsen Contemporary Fine Arts in Denmark in 2010, the spot-on words “provocatively aggressive” were used to describe the shows silent inhabitants.
 

 
More images of Aguilera’s thought-provoking sculptures follow after the jump. Some are slightly NSFW…

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Jaw-dropping hyper-realistic sculptures of human beings
02.17.2016
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Realistic sculptures by Marc Sijan
Sculptures by Marc Sijan
 
The uncannily realistic sculptures of Milwaukee-based sculptor Marc Sijan have been displayed in museums and galleries from coast to coast. His life-sized works are full-time residents at thirty museums. The running joke about Sijan’s creations is that they look so “alive,” that you might actually feel compelled to start a conversation with one of them. This is not at all difficult to understand once you have seen Sijan’s people. Sijan’s subjects are relatable everyday people. Your neighbors and inhabitants of middle-America, people you know or might see in the grocery store—to rather grotesque versions of the human form that have been maligned by age, indulgence or perhaps circumstance.
 

 

 
Part of the rigorous process the now 68-year-old sculptor goes through to achieve the all too human appearance of actual skin for his works consists of 25 coats of paint and varnish. An incredibly private man, it can take Sijan anywhere from six-months to a year to complete one of his contemplative sculptures, which the artist creates with plaster casts derived from actual live models. Nothing, especially imperfections, are spared when it comes to the detail Sujan brings to his sculptures. Goosebumps, broken blood vessels, saggy skin - Sijan’s “people” are about as real as any of us. Like it or not.

Some of the images that follow may be slightly NSFW.
 

“Cornered”
 
Sculpture by Marc Sijan
 
Sculpture by Marc Sijan
 

“All American”
 
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Bela Lugosi might not be dead: Mind-blowing sculptures of classic movie monsters
10.19.2015
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Bela Lugosi life-sized sculpture by Mike Hill
Bela Lugosi life-sized sculpture by Mike Hill
 
You may recall that DM has previously featured the work of LA-based master sculptor Mike Hill, and his uncanny life-sized sculpt of FX pioneer Ray Harryhausen being served tea and cookies by his skeleton minions.
 
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A close up of Nosferatu (or Count Orlok) sculpture by Mike Hill
 
Widely considered by his peers and fans as one of the greatest sculptors living today, Hill’s deep admiration for his ground-breaking predecessors such as Lon Chaney, Jack Pierce and Rick Baker (and their respective monsters), are brought back to life in his sculptures. Hill has created many sculptures based on the classic monsters created by his heroes like Frankenstein’s monster (based on Karloff’s portrayal in the 1931 film Frankenstein) or the Mummy (also famously played by Karloff in 1932’s The Mummy). Hill has even done life-sized sculptures of Baker (who’s still making monsters and is very much alive) and Pierce in action alongside their iconic, monstrous masterpieces.

Many images of Hill’s shockingly life-like sculptures that even when seen are hard to believe aren’t actually the real thing, follow.
 
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Life-sized sculpture of makeup artist Jack Pierce putting the finishing touches on Boris Karloff for his role in the 1932 film, The Mummy
 
ScLife-sized sulpture of Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera (1935)
Life-sized sculpture of Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera (1935)
 
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10.19.2015
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Decorate with drugs: Massive ecstasy pills make for ultra-cool pop art
08.24.2015
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Ecstasy is the only truly postmodern drug, and not just in terms of its place in history, or the completely “I’m so intensely into the many facets of this thing right now”/“I LOVE YOU GUYS” high. Ecstasy has always been produced and marketed with absolutely no aversion to literal branding. Not only are pills produced in pretty colors with cute little logos, the logos themselves are oftentimes the already immediately recognizable icons of corporate giants. It makes sense, too. You might not remember some elaborate little image on the face of a pill after a night of dancing on Molly, but you’ll probably remember the golden arches, the Rolls Royce logo or the Playboy bunny. That Rolls Royce was the best, gotta get more of that, right? See how that works?

A graffiti artist since the age of 14, Dean Zeus Colman now works under his nom d’arts “Zeus,” combining his urban artistic sensibilities with his formal training from Chelsea College of Art. Realizing the obvious pop art potential of ecstasy tablets, Zeus produced these plaster sculptures modeled after actual ecstasy pills to sleek, modern effect. The cheeky chic series is called, called “Love is a Drug,” and you should definitely buy me the Bart Simpson one.
 

 

 

 
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08.24.2015
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Artist creates hyperrealistic sculptures of LA gang members as skin-rugs
08.14.2015
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Check out artist Renato Garza Cervera‘s super-disturbing series “Of Genuine Contemporary Beast.” Cervera created sculptures depicting L.A. gang members as rugs, complete with the hokey feral faces a taxidermist would give a tiger or bearskin. If you’re revolted by such a racist and inhumane depiction of dead young men, congratulations—that’s the intended effect; Cervera’s work is supposed to produce discomfort with blatant dehumanization.

Societies always invent new beasts in order to make others responsible for their problems, to express their fears and to invent them a new cover. Mass media play a very important role on this world-wide scapegoating process, by presenting some minorities as uncapable of thinking or feeling, delayed and dispensable people.

The startling detail in the tattoos and skin of each sculpture—right down to their anuses—contrasts so intensely with the uniformity of their faces; the effect is the kind of uncanny creepiness that inspires nightmares.
 

 

 
More of these creepy and provocative artworks after the jump…...
 

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08.14.2015
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‘Living sculptures’ of world leaders, artists, and other wackos
08.11.2015
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Andy Warhol living sculpture
Andy Warhol “living sculpture”
 
Valencia, Spain-based artist Marie-Lou Desmeules is a self taught sculptor whose art consists of creating “live sculptures” using real human models as her “base.” That’s right, underneath every one of these creations is a living, breathing human being who had to endure an arduous makeup lasting probably hours.
 
Silvio Berlusconi as Ronald McDonald living sculpture
Former Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi as Ronald McDonald
 
Desmeules has described her art as a form of “surgery” that does not require invasive scalpels or lasers, just massive layers of acrylic paint, plastic, paper and hair. Upon viewing Desmeules’ finished product, one might be inclined to assume it was created at an LSD-induced papier-mâché party.

Desmeules’ intention was to have people consider what really constitutes “beauty” in our current perfection-obsessed society; she is also interested in the expansion of recognized gender roles. More images from Desmeules eye-popping work follows, as well as a time-lapse video of her creating a “living sculpture” of Andy Warhol.
 
Hulk Hogan living sculpture
Hulk Hogan
 
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08.11.2015
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For the discerning Satanist: Demonic sculptures made from bones
05.14.2015
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Sculptor John Paul Azzopardi creates these lovely, elaborate skeletal structures from actual bones to a sort of “Refined Satanist” effect. The works invoke a kind of “pop pagan” iconography—ram’s heads, bats, a mysterious structure that looks like it belongs on an altar etc.—but the articulated detail of each sculpture prevents them from being perceived as too… “serial killer?” Azzopardi does not say where he gets his bones, but they appear to be small animal bones, or possibly small children’s bones, humanely sourced from crooked orphanages and Marilyn Manson’s trash cans.

From his site:

Bone is a collection of fossilized structures that explores the gentle temperance located within the constitution of sound, i.e. its very silent centre.  The architectural relationship that oscillates back and forth from the simple and the complex to the living and the dead connects space and form, creating existential structures of interwoven silence. The death embedded in its form, its life. This might confront the spectator with a spectre, the simulacrum of itself that stalls, halts being something in its tracks.

 

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Posted by Amber Frost
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05.14.2015
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Check out these marbles: Photographer captures the sculptured testicles of antiquity
10.09.2014
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Gaze upon the balls of the ancients! Observe their delicate rend’ring from such an indelicate medium! Note the attention to detail! The texture! The asymmetry! The… weightiness?

These photos are from Ingrid Berthon-Moine’s cleverly titled series, “Marbles,” which compiles shots of testicles from classical Greek sculpture—only marble marbles will do. Berthon-Moine did a lot of research on Greek sexuality for the project, and actually answered one of my long-standing questions on ancient art—were the models for these sculptures… really cold? Oddly enough, some counterintuitive idealization of the human form may be the culprit.  Berthon-Moine says:

This interest in ancient classical Greek statuary was prompted by the accuracy of its anatomy, the realism of its stance and the influence it still has on the shape of the male body.

Ancient Greece was a highly masculinist culture. They favoured ‘small and taut’ genitals, as opposed to big sex organs, to show male self-control in matters of sexuality. Today, the modern users as in commerce, cinema, and advertising converted it into a mass commodity telling us about domination and desirability, size matters and the bigger, the better.

Small junk was “in”—how about that? You’ll notice no real shaft in any of the pictures (a few you can even see were even broken off), but you’d like to err on the side of NSFW (or if testes make you testy), I respect that—but if you’re working at a place that would punish you for looking at crops of ancient Greek statues, I suggest you do your damndest to make a career change—someplace that won’t bust your balls, you know?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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