March 29, 2006

Britney Spears "Moment Of Birth" Sculpture Half Weird, Half Tasteless
— Ace

I don't even mean the part about the sculpture depicting the moment of her pushing her child out of her womb. That, I suppose, is an interesting, if somewhat taboo, subject for art. Certainly we don't see that much, and almost not at all in art. So, a controversial but interesting subject for a painting or sculpture.

But... Why Britney Spears? And what's this business of a... bearskin rug? And why the hell is she on all fours, in "doggie style" position?

He added that other people were "upset" the sculpture was a pro-life monument.

The life-size work, by artist Daniel Edwards, features Spears crouched on all fours on a bear-skin rug as she gives birth.

It will be displayed at the gallery alongside a display case filled with anti-abortion materials.

Edwards said: "This is a new take on pro-life. Pro-lifers normally promote bloody images of abortion. This is the image of birth."

At some point, I hope, the trivial impulse for camp and arch (gay-culture-influenced) irony will finally be seen as passe and then we can perhaps have good art again.

But that impulse has been with our avant-retard artists for a while, and they don't seem to have beat that horse dead enough yet for their liking.

Posted by: Ace at 07:27 AM | Comments (28)
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1 Previous piece by Daniel Edwards: Death Mask of Ted Williams' Severed Head.

I don't buy for a minute he's "pro life." He's camping it up.

But a "Top 10 Daniel Edwards art exhibits" has some potential.

Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at March 29, 2006 07:37 AM (KLuDn)

2 Just FYI:

IIRC, the "doggie-style" position is one of the possible methods of squeezing out a pup.

Posted by: W at March 29, 2006 07:41 AM (cSrmo)

3 She looks so relaxed and quiet in childbirth.
The beauty if this moment is almost scientological.

darwinsmoustache

Posted by: darwin at March 29, 2006 07:43 AM (vLNLO)

4 She's plugging the bear's ears so he can't hear... what?

Posted by: Retired Geezer at March 29, 2006 07:43 AM (axBqL)

5 I saw this a little while back, and I had two thoughts:

1. What a shitty artist, that looks *nothing* like Britney Spears.

2. The media sucks for not letting us see the head poking out. Which, let's be honest, is the only thing separating this piece from half the statues sitting in Bob Guccione's house.

BTW, favorite Britney Spears-related moment in recent weeks: there was a cover story in one of the trash rags that had photos of Spear's (barely) shirt-clad belly asking "Does Britney have a baby bump?"

No, you fucktards-- Britney has a gut.

So sad.

Cheers,
Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at March 29, 2006 07:44 AM (y1hCN)

6 I agree.
That looks more like Charlize Theron or Ashley Judd.

Posted by: right at March 29, 2006 07:48 AM (QNf4S)

7 At some point, I hope, the trivial impulse for camp and arch (gay-culture-influenced) irony will finally be seen as passe and then we can perhaps have good art again.
Don't count on it. I was at the Venice Biennale where they displayed a 20 foot sculpture of Jeff Koons fucking La Cicciolina surrounded by photos of the two having anal sex. Then again, didn't you just admire the art on the cover of LoveHunter? lol!

Posted by: shawn at March 29, 2006 07:56 AM (uLve2)

8 Then again, didn't you just admire the art on the cover of LoveHunter? lol!

It's not archly ironic if he's being sincere, shawn.

Posted by: Sean M. at March 29, 2006 08:04 AM (dc5zY)

9 Also, with regards to the bearskin rug... this may have been her "focus" during childbirth. The soft tactile sense of the fur on her hands and her body may well have been a really nice distraction from the pain.

Of course, the rug's gotta go afterwards. Covered with all kinds of nasty goo.

I realize I'm granting a lot of credibility to the "artist" with these alleged "explanations", but these things seemed reasonable to me.

Posted by: W at March 29, 2006 08:05 AM (cSrmo)

10 All enlightened women give birth this way. I prefer a strong epidural block and a cold beer after the blessed event.

Posted by: kevlarchick at March 29, 2006 08:25 AM (bWRxm)

11 Wait, is the pose in the photo depicting Britney giving birth or the actual conception?

Posted by: wiserbud at March 29, 2006 08:35 AM (AQGeh)

12 Hmmmm...i like it! I'd prbly change my mind if i had to see it from the back, tho' ha ha

Posted by: hurricane567 at March 29, 2006 08:36 AM (nIvAg)

13 Ummmm....Didn't she have a C-Section? Shouldn't the artist have picked someone who even planned on having a natural birth, let alone on four's on a bear skin birth?

Posted by: Shevonne at March 29, 2006 08:42 AM (id0zs)

14 Top 10 Upcoming Daniel Edwards exhibits

10. A large-breasted George Clooney holds the top of his nurse's uniform open to suckle Tom Hanks in an exhibit entitled "Bosom ER Buddies"

9. "Legos Fill My Many Orifices" (self-portrait)

8. "The Fat Man and the Sea": Nude Oliver Willis astride a struggling Shamu. Shamu is missing several mouth-shaped pieces.

7 "Brokeback Neverland" depicts Michael Jackson and prepubescent boys playing a life-size version of Chutes and Ladders

6. "Madonna and Vibrator"

5. "Love Is a Battlefield": Roger Ebert impaled on a suit of his own sexual armor

4. "Tim Treadwell, as Viewed from inside Demon the Grizzly"

3. Tom Cruise erupts in a sofa-jumping pose from Katie Holmes chest: "Scientology C-Section"

2. "Piss Ronald McDonald"

1. "Muhammed's Missing Foreskin"

Posted by: Nicholas Kronos at March 29, 2006 08:47 AM (KLuDn)

15 Yes, she had a C-section...

Posted by: Jeff at March 29, 2006 08:54 AM (yiMNP)

16 And if you want to read something so funny you'd believe it's true about it:
http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/go_fug_yourself/2006/03/letter_of_fug_p.html

Posted by: Jeff at March 29, 2006 08:55 AM (yiMNP)

17 You might want to point folks over to the Fug site, where they have a very funny take on this piece of, um, "art"...
http://gofugyourself.typepad.com/

Posted by: mojo at March 29, 2006 09:14 AM (kvY5N)

18 I don't think avant garde artists will ever get over camp and irony, or attempting to shock us simpletons out of our blindness. Most of these people view themselves as society's great rebels and so have little motivation to learn about what came before them. They'll never know that everything they're doing has been done before.

Posted by: T-Web at March 29, 2006 09:27 AM (57znu)

19 like I said at my own site (plug plug):

hottie: by the way, that's not how people look when they give birth
me: yes, but it's how they look when they are getting pregnant

Posted by: MacStansbury at March 29, 2006 09:44 AM (bJexd)

20 At least it looks like somebody. That's an improvent for today's art.

Posted by: El Greco at March 29, 2006 10:38 AM (g9Y9+)

21 Is it wrong that the bear trips my trigger but I think Britney is yucky.

Posted by: Mike at March 29, 2006 12:12 PM (O+1/6)

22 Makes me miss that ol time art by Michaelangelo, and William Blake. And the rest of those gay guys who were arch before it was cool.

If you think market forces are the proper organizing principle for human activity, it only makes sense that artists go for some shock.

Posted by: at March 29, 2006 03:38 PM (ANynN)

23 Looks like she is sticking her fingers in the bears ears so it dont hear all that squalling

Posted by: spurwing plover at March 29, 2006 04:59 PM (uPdgJ)

24 They took a picture of the wrong side of that statue.

Posted by: at March 29, 2006 05:27 PM (1Vbso)

25 But... Why Britney Spears? And what's this business of a... bearskin rug? And why the hell is she on all fours, in "doggie style" position?

Well, she might as well end her pregnancy the way she began it.

(Rimshot)

Posted by: cheshirecat at March 29, 2006 07:51 PM (mpVkh)

26 She's plugging the bear's ears so he can't hear... what?

Her "singing".

(Thank you, I'm here all week)

Posted by: cheshirecat at March 29, 2006 07:53 PM (mpVkh)

27 Sondrak has the perfect use for this sculpture (see the Update):

http://sondrak.com/index.php/weblog/ummmthanks_but_no_thanks/

Posted by: cjan at March 30, 2006 08:05 AM (jNnIP)

28 Looks like a Kodiak moment to me ....

Posted by: LAO at March 30, 2006 08:49 AM (NwZT8)

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