here to see paintings from the show
You are invited to view Jasper
with Her Majesty The Queen, Prince Philip, Prince Charles,
Edward, and Princess Anne.
will be a live performance of classical music on a baby grand
piano, oboe, and violin
by acclaimed musicians Sabina Rakcheyeva, Carolyn Landau, and
Shzr Ee Tan.
magnificent new 6000 square feet gallery in Kings Cross.
18 November to Saturday 13 December
26 Argyle Square, London WC1H 8AP
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SENSUAL CONTENT OF THE PAINTINGS ON SHOW
"Does the Royal Family like Poornography"
There is a tradition of
male artists making pornographic art, from Courbet's original,
through Jeff Koons producing his own, to John Currin's recent
renaissance version. As Currin himself said "In every art school in
the world there's a guy doing porn."
"I am a citizen of
the United States, and in this country where I live, every year
millions and millions of pictures are being made of women with
our legs spread. We are called beaver, we are called pussy,
our genitals are tied up, they are pasted, makeup is put on
them to make them pop out of a page at a male viewer. Millions
and millions of pictures are made of us in postures of submission
and sexual access so that our vaginas are exposed for penetration,
our anuses are exposed for penetration, our throats are used
as if they are genitals for penetration. In this country where
I live as a citizen real rapes are on film and are being sold
in the marketplace. And the major motif of pornography as a
form of entertainment is that women are raped and violated and
humiliated until we discover that we like it and at that point
we ask for more."
Dworkin testifying to the Attorney General's Commission on Pornography on January 22, 1986
In 1986 there was no internet.
Freedom of Speech
"While messages reflecting
sexism pervade our culture in many forms, sexual and nonsexual,
suppression of such material will neither reduce harm to women
nor further women's goals. Women are exploited and
harassed in all fields; some are in pornography. Exploitation
will stop when it is vigorously prosecuted everywhere it occurs…..When
the National Organization for Women considered launching a campaign
against pornography, women in pornography protested saying that
a ban against it would create a black market of exploitation.
Some said their work gave then independence and a sense of accomplishment;
banning it would worsen their lives. NOW abandoned its proposed
Extracts from Feminists for Free Expression (http://www.ffeusa.org)
show continues themes of misogyny, status, aesthetics, and desire
from his "Beauty Show" at V22 Gallery London in 2008,
where he showed painting of 80s lingerie models with paintings
of Himmler. He requested guests at the opening to identify themselves
as either ugly or beautiful and assemble in one of the galleries
Poornography (sic) is everywhere and Joffe ponders
whether it is now enjoyed in the highest echelons of society.
The Queen, Prince Philip, and their heirs may now be the carefree
consumers of an endless stream of hard couer poorn (sic). The
poorn (sic) images on show are all drawn from free mainstream
websites with guaranteed over 18 models. Joffe signs the paintings
with the site from which they have been generously donated.
The paintings are billboard size confronting the viewer, whether
royal or commoner, with poorn outside the intimacy of his/her
computer screen. The dignity, properness, and clothedness of
Royalty are contrasted with the women in poornography (sic),
stripped, penetrated, and covered in sea-men (sic). The absurdity
of the juxtaposition marks Joffe's uncertainty about the subject
matter, throwing the viewer off course, and out of their
indifference to paintings of poorn (sic).
Music and Poorn
The opening party will include a performance of classical
music by acclaimed musician Shzr Ee Tan on piano, Sabina Rakcheyeva
on viola, and Carolyn Landau (TBC) on oboe. They will provide
a baroque counterpoint to the poornography (sic) and royals
on show. Most masterbators (sic) will not have had this auditory
experience during their self-pleasuring.
This continues a provocative series of exhibitions including
24 paintings in 24 hours at the Chisenhale Gallery in 1999,
72 paintings in 72 hours at Brno House of Arts, Czech Republic
in 2003, and Buck Naked Painting at Sartorial Contemporary Art
Joffe, educated at The Ruskin and Royal College of Art, is a
curator, writer, editor, and mainly a painter. He is founder
of London's The Free Art Fair, the art fair where all the work
is given away at the end. He recently sold a painting of Himmler
to Charles Saatchi causing a minor controversy. He has had solo
exhibitions in Milan, Brno, London, and Rome. He is the author
of novel, Water, published by Telegram books in 2006 and co-editor
of The Rebel art magazine.
He is now 33 years old.