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18: Sex

featuring Iggy Pop, In the Realm of the Senses, Sex Shop, Genieve Figgis, Hans Schierl, Alain Delon, Marlene Dumas, Freud, Rudolph Valentino, anilingus, The Institute of Sexology, 9 Songs, Cy Twombly, Sophie Calle, Henry Hussey, Painting Beyond Pollock, Emma Talbot on Egon Schiele and vaginas and lots more..


 
     
 

Masters of Sex

On his 1991 single, People are Still Having Sex, LaTour featured a monologue expounding on the fact that ‘people everywhere are still having sex no mater how authority figures such as parents and counsellors try, and despite the risk posed by AIDS nothing seems to stop them’ and as this issue of Garageland testifies neither do they stop writing about it.

Freud of course hovers over Garageland: Sex like a spectral great grandfather; it seems he is still the go to guy for sexpertism even if it is only to debunk and question his all too phallocentric theories. Maybe sex in the late 21st century is a far more polymorphous affair than it was back in granddaddy’s day – or should that be pornomorphus?

Bad boy/girl artists have always revelled in the up yours shock titillation inherent in the subject. In the recent exhibition Sex Shop held at Transition (and chronicled in our Notes section) curators Sarah Gillham, Darren Nairn and Jack Stokoe invited 50 practitioners including artists and designers to create their own prototype for a fetish or sex object. From a disposable cardboard fertilization kit, to seaside souvenir spanking paddles, and spray on condoms the collection shows the ever-enduring Pandora’s box of inspiration that the subject holds for artists.

As James Dean famously said, ‘Love is an ice cream sundae with all the marvellous coverings. Sex is the cherry on the top.’ So tuck in and enjoy! 

 

Cathy Lomax and Alex Michon

 

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