Thursday, August 4, 2011

Where Oruba Ruminates Some More On Porn, Art And Tying Chicks Up

Do you see the two pictures above?

One is from a world renowned photographer whose work can be found in museums. The other can be on Hogtied, a site in the Kink.com family, which specializes in tying chicks up for our prurient enjoyment.

One is art. One is porn.

Can you guess which is which?

Of course, this distinction may be arbitrary. People can and will disagree about the classification. Billy Watson, the thinking man's pornographer (yes, I'm writing about this two days in a row), sees Araki as porn through and through.

One tour of the Armory will reveal Kink.com's production to be reminiscent of an assemblage of well organized, if assembly line, artist studios (think Factory era Warhol with less weirdos, no drugs and more sex).

What if tomorrow, the good folks at Kink.com suddenly started calling their output Art? What if they threw out their business model? Instead of charging kink bucks or whatever for patrons to watch flicks and get off, what if those same exact pictures were printed, framed and sold to galleries and collectors? What if those same exact movies, without nary an edit, were shown at the Castro Theatre or some other art house theater?

Context perhaps and not content is what makes art Art and porn Porn.

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