Monday, September 15, 2014

In the eye of the beholder!



When this piece went up on the wall of the Corner Gallery in Subiaco it was deemed 'inappropriate and offensive' by some of the female shopkeepers in the area stating 'how does this help the self-esteem of women who might be viewing this image' demanding that it be taken down and someone made accountable! Read on.. the artist Fieldey (remember this) replied 'as a woman and a feminist I painted this piece to satirise objectification of woman'! Quoting Stephen Bevis, Arts Editor, The West Australian newspaper 'art that just makes people feel comfortable is likely to be craft, not art. Good public art should engage us in a kind of debate, interrupting the mundane and stimulating a fresh appreciation of our surroundings. Hopefully, bravery will prevail so that artists' vision will not be hammered out of shape by a selection committee'.. succinctly put Mr. Bevis! Personally this image did not dent my self -esteem in the slightest :) Happy Monday, take care..
This post is linked to Monday Mural.

34 comments:

  1. It doesn't bother me either! Nice find Grace and I appreciate the explanation behind the work.

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  2. People should not be offended so easily. This is so funny!

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  3. I think it's more humorous then offensive, but then again I'm not a woman, so I'll let you guys decide.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  4. You probably know how I feel, Grace, I think it's great and it surely doesn't bother me in the least! Besides I love to start my day with a laugh and this one did it!! Thanks as always for the giggles you provide as well as the beauty and terrific captures of whatever! Have a fun new week -- camera in hand!!

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  5. Well, I'm glad he said "likely to be craft" because I still think there is an art to making people feel comfortable. It doesn't always have to be a "statement".

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  6. You can't be too careful around the politically correct. Particularly those with no sense of humour.

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  7. Boy, it's a fine line isn't it ?!

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  8. Love street art and it sounds like it achieved the purpose of the artist.

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  9. It certainly works with me, and I like both Fieldey's and Bevis's remarks.

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  10. Political correctness goes WAY too far these days. I think this is great!

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  11. Now that art must be politically correct. Nice mural.

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  12. J' Quite agree!



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
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  13. The real question is why one dog is black and the other has a white streak and pink ears.

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  14. Now there's an idea for a Bikini top, Hand Crafted of course!!!

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  15. Now that's an attention grabber.

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  16. I am amused, not offended. Sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. S. Bevis is an intelligent man!

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  17. I find it funny not offensive. I would have thought the artist to be a man though and not a woman...

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  18. You know, I would call myself a feminist and don't find anything offensive about this. In fact, it made me laugh when I saw it. I think this is great!

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  19. Provocative in the sense that it provokes thinking.

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  20. I like the mural Grace. I don't find it offensive. I do disagree however with the Western Australian Newspaper that good art should engage us in some kind of debate. Good art can also be something that you just look at and say "Gosh that's beautiful". No debate necessary.

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  21. Feminists, who needs them when the kitchen requires their attendance?

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  22. I'm not sure if I love those dogs in this image.Anyway an interesting strong mural, very well captured Grace! I like the red color in this image and for sure she has "the"coiffure! :D
    a nice Monday to you as well!
    hugs
    Léia

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  23. It doesn't do anything for me. Some artists live in a world of fantasy and weird ideas.

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  24. Well that is a special mural you have found!

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  25. Satire is lost on so many people, it seems!

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  26. I don't care for the mural much, but I appreciate the satirical intent. ;-)

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  27. This is funny, do not touch me or I bite ! :-)

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  28. I wonder what those women´d argue if they found a similar mural of a man there?

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  29. Well, some people do seem to enjoy being outraged. :)

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  30. I can't believe I missed this post, Grace! I got a good laugh from it! ;-)

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