R-rated art explores eros

ART has always been known for pushing the boundaries of good taste, and even public decency, as the organisers of the Passion and Desire exhibition have made sure little eyes are not offended.

Billed as an exhibition of sculpture and art “celebrating love, romance, passion and desire”, they have willingly slapped on their own R-rating, meaning no one under the age of 18 will be admitted.

Member of the Sculpture Society, Tony Dowers, said the show, which began in 2003 and is held every second year, used to be called “Exotic Erotic”.

“But we changed it because of a few of our more conservative members,” he said.

“You never know if people are going to be offended.

“But most artists are pretty broad-minded.”

The show will include about 80 pieces, and while the focus is on sculpture, it also includes others media such as painting, photography and pottery.

“It is an opportunity to contemplate the humorous, the serious and the forbidden issues of love, passion, sexuality, sensuality and romance,” he said.

He said the genre was a constant in art throughout the centuries with artists such as the sculptor Rodin and Australian artists, Norman Lindsay and Brett Whitely, employing erotic themes in their work.

Mr Dowers' own contributions include a surreal Dali-like painting called “The Feeling's Mutual”, which shows a romantic looking couple dreaming of different things, she of a castle, while he's thinking about her naked and in bed.

Apart from musicians, the show will also feature an unusual form of entertainment, a model being painted with body paint by several artists.

“The previous shows have always had a very lively atmosphere,” said Mr Dowers.

“It is not one of those art exhibitions which are quiet and nobody talks to you.”

The Passion and Desire exhibition is on show from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 12 at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, 173 Ashmore Road, Benowa.

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