Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Porn-inspired art

Last fall, I wrote about how some artists are using pornographic photos as the starting point for their works. The new works push the boundaries of taste with their stylized depictions of sex or use of sexual imagery.
To that earlier article, “The intersection of art and porn,” let me add another example in the Internet meme called Safe for Work Porn or SFW Porn.
In this meme, artists disguise sex acts with cartoonish imagery. Porn actors look like they’re playing musical instruments, riding horses, playing pinball and doing activities other than having sex. College Humor has a funny feature called “Safe for Work Porn.”
Gizmodo and Incredible Things have written about PornSWF.com, a website that posts similar censored porn images. The artwork is crude and only a few of the samples are very clever or funny.
But even bad art is protected speech under the First Amendment.



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