Drawing: Confront Triptych
by Beauchamp Art
Confront Triptych (Arial)
Charcoal drawing depicting three pornographic video stills – layered triptych, each with the female figure in focus, with eyes closed not making visual contact with the audience. Only the last layer features chalk, the first two are made with charcoal and an eraser.
Multiple images were used to create a sense of narrative and time within the piece, showing multiple perspectives of a single scene, though unlike with Cubist of Futurist works, the various angles/moments/images have not been fused together through geometric re-imagining of the figures, but rather they have been built up and knocked back repeatedly, fixing the two under-layers [with hairspray, rather than actual fixative spray, which carries with it some connotations of femininity, which support the figure – not only symbolically, but the paper itself now smells of hairspray], but contrast with the masculine perspective], but still subverting them under the next layer of imagery, each an unflattering depiction of the figure in some other sexual position.
I began the piece by writing ‘CONNECT’ in charcoal dust from my finger, which was hastily covered by the first layer of drawing. This was as a reference to a previous piece involving writing ‘CONNECT’ into steel with a plasma cutter, which considerably more permanent than the ephemeral rendition, but making a similar reference to the presence of online social interactions, the supplementation of artificial engagement for physical exchange, whether through listening to familiar voices on the radio, seeing faces on the television, reading the unending personal narratives of Facebook, or the sexual encounters of undisclosed persons, not as a negative comment, just an observation of human interaction. Erotic imagery has an extensive history in art, at points being called too explicit or pornographic for public viewing; here, the starting point is pornography, and the lines between public/private, nude/naked, erotica/art are blurred and crossed unobtrusively.