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Primarily absorbed by, even enraptured with, the perceptions of the senses, sensuality is born not only from touch -- though certainly touch -- but also from taste, sound, sight, and scent. If sexuality yearns for a climax, sensuality has no such clear goal in view. Rather, it revels in the voluptuous pleasures of indulging fleshly appetites. Think of rich food, draped fabric, fragrant candles, and naked flesh


Themes represent basic categories of thought, emotion, or value. While our assignment of themes may at times seem arbitrary or whimsical, they serve to link together artists and movements along non- hierarchial pathways. Follow the themes to look for new disciplines that share qualities with those you already like, or to open up new worlds of Art and Culture.

Events

Past Events

Rasta Thomas' "Rock the Ballet" New York, NY, United States
15 Dec - 3 Jan
The Joyce Theater / details
I'm always thinking of you even when I'm kissing another boy Newark, NJ, United States
27 Feb - 17 Apr
Aljira / details
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On Liquid Villa and Guccinam

Liquid Villa and Guccinam depict dreamlike states using a combination of architectural and abstract imagery. I refer to this work as "time-based painting," and employ a painterly sensibility and process to create images that transform over time. Liquid Villa begins with a series of patterns in deep, aquatic tones overlaid with an intermittent glowing vertical stripe or ray. This imagery eventually disintegrates to a view across a pool of water in an imaginary villa. This structure is in turn subsumed by a pale fog. When the fog dissipates, the scene has been reconfigured back into an abstraction. The fog, the abstract imagery, and the architecture are protean, slowly mutating into one another or recombining to create a sense of instability and unease. In creating this work the element of the glowing ray was an intuitive inclusion, and it began to take on characteristics that were for me part spiritual, painterly, and Hollywood sublime. The ray became a potential visual cue for philosophical concepts such as 'transformation from withiní or 'living in the present' or 'the eternal return.' Alternately, it could simulate a B-movie special effect designed to signify a phantom presence, or some sort of defense designed to protect the work from specific interpretation. Guccinam isn't meant to evoke any issue directly related to the Vietnam War, nor is it meant to recall any actual place. My noticing some relatively vague traces of both martial and colonial aesthetics in contemporary design inspired the imagery in the piece. Examples range from the bamboo handles on expensive Gucci purses and silverware, to the battle-ready appearance of sport utility vehicles, to the camouflage gear sported by countless urban hipsters. I was also interested in making a piece that employed some of the same brightly tinted smoke and droning mechanical noise that are standard elements in Hollywood films that deal with the war in Vietnam. I particularly admired the painterly use of tinted smoke in Apocalypse Now. Guccinam is best understood as an attempt to build a hallucinatory location where a perceived strain in popular aesthetics is deliberately intensified. Jeremy Blake February 3, 2001