Thursday, October 5, 2017

The prospect of a naked woman statue in DC vexes people from Hampton Roads...

Yesterday, as I was ruminating over the meaning of life and all of the bizarre happenings within it, I discovered an online newspaper article from the Daily Press.  It was about a group that wants to erect a 45 foot statue of a naked woman in a yoga mountain pose in Washington, DC.  They want to position the monumental statue near the Washington Monument, facing the White House.

The statue, called R-Evolution,  was designed by Marco Cochrane and would be displayed on the Mall for four months.  R-Evolution is the third and final sculpture of three monumental sculptures done by Mr. Cochrane as part of The Bliss Project.  Singer and dancer Deja Solis posed for the sculpture, which, along with the other two sculptures, debuted in 2015 at "Burning Man", an annual desert festival in Nevada.  R-Evolution is supposed to depict a strong, confident woman.

Now... I don't actually know that much about art.  I do know that art is subjective and I also know that Washington, DC is chock full of art.  However, I also know that DC is right next to Virginia and Virginia is rife with people who are extremely conservative and somewhat sexually repressed.  Although the statue is not sexual in nature, it is a work of art celebrating a nude woman in a yoga pose.  And that has some people up in arms.  Of course, I had a good laugh when I saw the picture posted in the Daily Press, which showed the naked woman statue near the very phallic Washington Monument.  Talk about symbolism...

Anyway, I don't care so much about the naked statue.  We've got 'em all over Europe.  In fact, a few years ago, I remember right wing Parisians were upset over a sculpture that was supposed to be a tree and actually resembled a butt plug and right now they're upset about art depicting buildings fucking.  I was more interested in the comments left by people in the community near where I grew up.  Although I was rather happy to see some thinkers commenting, man, there are some uptight folks down there!  Check out these comments!

I was surprised there weren't more comments from parents who were afraid their little darlings would be looking at naked art... really, it seems like more people were upset by liberal ideals.

Art is subjective, of course, and not everyone is going to like every artistic expression.  Personally, I tend to like quirky stuff that gets people talking.  For instance, I have a piece in my house that I bought in 2010.  It's a picture of a woman who looks disgusted by a man in tight gym shorts.  I looked up Alli Good, the artist who created it, and apparently, it was inspired by a time when she was in gym class.  Given how I feel about gym class, I knew I had to have it.  I wish I had bought more of her stuff, although my landlady would probably hate that.  For that reason alone, I should have broken out the credit card.

Yeah, this is kind of weird looking, but I love it anyway.  It's kind of how I feel on a daily basis.

What is really funny about this, though, besides the obviously snarky comments about a naked woman statue in front of the pussy grabber's house, is that people are bitching about this and they don't even live in DC.  Granted, Hampton Roads is within a few hours of Washington, DC, but no one in Hampton Roads will be looking at this art on a daily basis.  Most of the people complaining will never see it because they won't go to DC during the four months it's on display.  The people who will be directly affected by it on a daily basis have probably seen a whole lot worse in our nation's capital.

The longer I live outside of the United States, the weirder the culture seems to me.  As of last night, Bill was still Facebook friends with one of my cousins.  I had to unfriend this particular cousin back in July because he repeatedly wanted to engage in pointless debates with me about conservative politics.  It was infuriating, insulting, and tiresome.  Although I had always loved this guy when I was growing up, I can't deal with him as a middle aged, southern, alcoholic, conservative Christian who is obsessed with guns and white superiority.  It grieves me that he, and far too many other family members, are so in love with Donald Trump.  So I had to break ties with him on social media.

Bill stayed friends with my cousin, though, because Bill is much more patient than I am and is used to dealing with very conservative people.  But last night Bill said he was just about at the end of his patience with my cousin.  My cousin has been posting a bunch of bullshit about how the massive shooting in Las Vegas is a conspiracy.  Even his many redneck friends are taking him to task on that one.  And you can't argue with my cousin, either, because he's very sure he's right about everything.  He doesn't want to be challenged by your stupid theories, but he will happily beat you over the head with his stupid theories until you cry uncle.

It's not just the conservatives who make everything a conspiracy theory, by the way.  Bill is a 9/11 survivor.  He was at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  He has to deal with conspiracy theorists all the time...  people who think 9/11 was an "inside job" and the building wasn't hit by a jet airliner.  It's usually liberals who think 9/11 wasn't what it was reported to be.  Hello?  Where the hell are all the people who were on those planes if they didn't die in the crashes?  Roswell, New Mexico?  The Bermuda Triangle?  Regardless, a whole lot of people died that day and Bill's own life was in danger.  He was there and saw it in person.  So yeah, this kind of shit pisses Bill off.

It's largely people like my cousin who populate the area where I grew up.  I do feel hopeful when younger, worldlier people come in, but by and large, it's a very conservative area.  Sometimes it feels like a lot of people have perpetually closed minds about certain things.  I never felt particularly stifled growing up there, but as an adult, I think it would drive me crazy to be surrounded by so many people who are scandalized by naked art.  These folks would rather look at Confederate statues.  In fairness... I don't have too much of an issue with Confederate statues.  I don't think they need to be destroyed or anything.  Maybe it's time we put them in a museum rather than line our streets with them.  On the other hand, I realize this issue will probably never be settled in my lifetime.  It's not one that fuels my passions either way.

Anyway... I just thought the comments about this statue were funny.  I particularly enjoyed the witty ones.  I'd love to see someone put something like this in my hometown.  People would go bananas.  

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