Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Ceci N'est Pas Une Fellatio

 Rene Magritte famously painted an image of a pipe with the words "Ceci n'est pas une pipe." below it.  This translates from French to "This is not a pipe".  The painting, titled "The Treachery of Images" (or sometimes translated as "The Treason of Images"), serves to illustrate that an image of a thing is not the thing itself.  An image invokes in our minds the memories and experiences we associate with the image, thus every work of art is different to each viewer who brings with them their own unique perspective.  A work of art is not complete until it is viewed. It has no meaning until an observer ascribes one to it.  When an artist creates a piece, he or she may be trying to communicate a certain message to the viewer, but in the end the meaning is completely out of the creator's hands.  



 If you see something depicted that offends you, you have no one to blame but yourself.

 My work is often "erotic".  I am a Fetish Artist, and I create work that is sexually explicit in nature. I do not shy away from displays of the human body, genitalia, or the sex-act.  All of these things are common to the human experience; we've all see it and the vast majority of us have indulged in it.  Art is a reflection of life, and these things are also life.  Yet, many people are embarrassed to see a depiction of what I consider the power and beauty of the female being and are often reproachful about my work or the work of artists like myself.

 But, as you see in this image, this is not fellatio.  It is an image of what may be a woman's mouth.  The image of the mouth is displayed open, and from the image of the mouth there appears to be an empty space matching the image of the opening and extending to the far edge of the image.  I left that space intentionally blank.  You fill it in with your mind.  You bring to the image the missing piece.  You complete the image in any manner you choose.  If you are offended, you have no one but yourself to blame.  

 The space could be a depiction of air, fire, or even a white laser ushering forth from the mouth.  It could be a depiction of words, singing, or the spirit.  It could be any of these things, but if your mind put something else there, something more profane, then you are a pervert.  That is not a condemnation, I think we all need to embrace our inner pervert and be a little less prudish and a little more appreciative of the simple joys our bodies make available to us.  Sadly, even the idea that you are a pervert will be distressing to some.  You have been programmed well.

  Ceci n'est pas une fellatio... unless you want it to be.


Friday, January 20, 2012

Dangerous Curves

 I have a friend who has been very appreciative of my artwork over the last few years, and probably my most regular tattoo client.  He expressed an interest in curvy women, and enjoys my Demon Girls, so, for his birthday, I drew this.  Unfortunately, his birthday was back in October, which is the last time our schedules allowed us to get together.  I thought I would publish it so he could see it, as well as show-off the finished digital version.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Art Cards

 There are going to be a few links in this post, so check them all out.

 With the new year I decided that it was time to get back into the groove, especially since it seems that I have fallen out of that groove since November 2011.  Prepping for the holidays can be all-consuming.  One of the directions I have gone in these past few weeks is paying more attention to my FetLife account.  FetLife, as the name implies, is a community serving people with an interest in the BDSM, fetish, and erotic-play lifestyle.  I show off some of my artwork there, and check out other artists.

One of the cats I am really digging is Shayne, as in "of the dead".  His work has an old-school tattoo edge to it that really appeals to me.  One of the things this guy is into is ACEOs, which stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals".  Art Cards are small (usually 3.5 X 2.5") pieces of artwork sold or traded by their creators and collectors.  WAY back in the day, like the 16th Century, most artwork was portable.  Guys carried around small paintings of their mistresses and what not.  The Mona Lisa was toted all over the place by Di Vinci.  The trend waned until the mid-1700s when artists began using Art Cards for advertising and to trade among their peers as a means of sharing styles and techniques.  In the early 19th Century, baseball cards became popular, which in turn gave Art Cards a shot in the arm.  Collectors started seeking out and trading these miniature masterpieces among themselves.

 Today, there is a thriving Art Card community and market. My man Shayne described making art cards as "a small portable way of always being able to create".  My limited experience confirms this, as well as being a way to crank out a quick piece while your sitting around at a convention or waiting on your espresso.  

 So, I decided to give it a shot.

 
  Beautiful, huh? And so tiny!  Cute little pocket erotica... that's what they are.

 These are done in my favorite medium, pencil, on bristol board.  Each is 3.5 X 2.5".  I will be printing a limited run of 52 of each image, signed and numbered.  The originals I will be keeping until another artist presents an original Art Card to trade or until I have made enough of them that I decide it is time to auction them off.

 The prints I am giving away.

 I want to have fun with this, not to make a new marketing venture out of it.  So, here's the deal.  Anyone who sends me a self-addressed stamped envelope before I run out of each edition will get ONE card.  I'll update this blog letting you know how many are left.  I plan creating new designs in the future and continuing to offer the limited prints for free, so subscribe to the blog.  

 Send your SASE to:

  Jason Sorrell
 10401 N Lamar Blvd
 A201
 Austin, TX, 78753
 I'll start mailing in February.  Oh, and check out Creative Oddities Studios for more of my stuff.

 1/19/2012: I just kicked this off yesterday, and I am getting email requests to hold prints for some collectors.  I will hold a print for one week after receiving your email.  The number below reflect both local collectors who have gotten their cards and email requests.  You can email me at sorrellart@hotmail.com.


"Bound".  14 of 52 remain.
















"Cat o' Nine Tails". 22 of 52 remain.

















 "Horse". 9 of 52 remain.
















 Update 01/25/2012: I created three more erotic art cards.  Same deal as the ones above.  Oh, and if you are an artists interested in trading prints or originals, contact me.


"Ceci N'est Pas Une Fellatio". 27 of 52 remain.














"Rose". 18 of 52 remain.
















"Stripper". 14 of 52 remain.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

If You're Not Friends with Jason Sorrell or Following Creative Oddities Studios on Facebook, You Should Be!

  Last year, on my birthday, I received hundreds of birthday well-wishes from friends and family on Facebook.  One of the coolest birthday well-wishes I received was from A Fallen Mind.  I don't want to say that A Fallen Mind is a band, as it seems to be mainly just one guy making music (although he has a female vocalist and a guitar player on board for some tracks).  I also don't want to say that he is a musician.  He is a musician, but that is not all that is done under the A Fallen Mind banner.  You'll have to just click the link and check it out.

 Anyhoo, he sent me a video of a birthday song A Fallen Mind put together.  "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOTHERFUCKER!" was hilarious.  It also got me thinking.  Instead of just saying "Happy Birthday" in some generic message on my wall, this guy sent me something that used my birthday as an opportunity to showcase what it is they do.  I decided that I needed to do something like that for Creative Oddities Studios.


 So, I put the above design together.  While I was working on this ( I started it after the 1st week of January), I threw together a temporary design using the "Tattoo Freaks" design that those who follow my Subdermal Blog are familiar with.  I am much happier with this zombie-fetish design, and I am just waiting for someone to have a birthday so I can put it on their wall.