Art Porn: Naked Chicks & Guns!

by Lola Byrd on April 9, 2013

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For the better part of the last decade Thom Puckey has been creating life-size, photo-realistic, marble statues of naked chicks with guns… sometime a knife, and the occasional RPG-7. He’s pretty damn good at it too, if you like that sort of thing. Which I do.

I’ve got a few artist type friends and I’ve taken a few art classes in my day, so I’m familiar with the ol’ artist statement that usually accompanies a particular body of work. The peepz I know HATE writing that type of thing. They just want to “create” and not have to explain what it all “means.” But for those of you who just gotta know, Puckey explains:

The nudity in my work is the area where I allow two types of obsession with the female nude to overlap with each other. The ‘classical’ obsession and the cultural obsession which surfaced in the 1960s and which has grown and grown ever since then.

The one where the taboo is disguised and allowed by ‘responsible’ artistic tradition, and the other where the taboo is pushed against and aside by ‘irresponsible’, incorrect, commercial and sexual interests. I play directly into these two types of approaches to the nude, I temper the particular obscenity of the one with the particular obscenity of the other. I allow posed 19th century-like formalities to bring a kind of order to 20th and 21st century violent indecency.

The presence of modern weapons in the sculptures makes them seem contemporary in a cheap kind of way, this I realize. I like this suggestion of cheapness, I play into it. Chicks and guns. At the same time I let the matter overlap with the threatened, threatening, violent female figure of history and myth, from the Papin sisters, through to Diana, Lucretia, Judith and so on.

Now that Puckey’s artistic intentions have been clarified I know some of you will sleep better tonight. Some things you just gotta know before you can rest easy. For instance, doesn’t it soothe your soul to know that contradictions like the opposition of a classical late 18th/ early 19th century art form with cheap modern violent props turn me on?! I bet it does. I bet you feel at ease and comforted by the thought.

Then again, I might just be bullshitting and stringing along pointless words to add to the word count of this particular post. At this point, it’s a strong possibility. Either way it doesn’t really matter. As long as we’ve got naked chicks with guns. This babes are stone cold foxes! Too bad they’re, ya know, made out of actual marble.

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  • Robonino123

    He could’ve just said “I like boobs and guns.”

    • https://twitter.com/#!/misslolabyrd Lola Byrd

      Basically, that’s what it amounts too. “Artist statements” are usually written after the fact.

  • Freakamess

    What site

  • Freakamess

    What site can I buy this off of?

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