Sexuality in Art

an exploration of sexuality, feminism, LGBT issues, and other related topics in the contemporary art world.

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Sex as the Medium


A couple of years ago, a New York-based artist began an exhibition where his media was one part paint, one part intercourse. Alexander Esguerra had the idea to allow couples to express their love visually on a canvas. He would set up the heated canvas and provide them with paint and an intimate setting, and leave them alone to… express themselves.

In this article about the exhibition, Esguerra describes the concept behind the coital compositions: it’s all in what you don’t see. The marks, prints, streaks, and splatters left by the passion of the lovers results in an abstract piece of art without the information necessary to ruin it for bigots – awesome! “Sex is basically the great equaliser,” he explains. Without the couples present, the remnants of their lovemaking appear free of┬árace, age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. The viewer sees sex in its most naked form.

Esguerra’s exhibiton not only resulted in compelling paintings, but in an important statement about the freedom of art. Without creating explicit or pornographic images, but by using sex as an artistic medium, Esguerra proved that sex may be messy, but doesn’t have to be dirty.