Graphite, watercolor and acrylic with airbrush on paper.
Painted surface 21 x 30 cm. ( 8.26 x 11.81 in. ) in a format of 28 x 38 cm. ( 11.02 x 14.96 in. )
Year of realization 2017.
Signed on the bottom right of the piece.
Work made for the collection Dark Room.
Very few collections like these we can prepare during the year. Doing it has been an arduous job and a luxury. DARK ROOM is the most hidden provocative and secret of the artists we represent.
Already in 1999, they did their first work in collaboration in PROHIBITED, the collection of erotic-themed books that was an international success that has been reissued over the years. Another of the most recognized collaborations came with the project of the great fresco of the Medvedev in Moscow in 2006, also with an erotic and allegorical theme to the themes of classical art within this genre, picking up this work in his book DOME. That's why Laberinto Gris has considered that this exhibition, approaching both authors the erotic theme, was totally indispensable.
In the debate discussion of preparation to offer you the selection, we expose some of the artists’ words and reasons:
Outside the current rhetoric that invades us at this time (although except for obvious inequalities) and in front of many of those speeches, that covered with a veneer of "rights" do nothing but hide a new puritanism growing day by day (perhaps a deception to ensure that we are less free), including in these claims a patina of asexuality or rather of disapproval towards any manifestation of a sexual nature. We gathered all these works in a dark selection, we wanted to put the weight on what has been present since the beginning of the human being, from the remote matriarchy (here we have the sculptures of the "goddesses of fertility" found scattered around the world) and to lean clearly towards that primordial feminine figure that is not an invention of our century. That need for equality between humans does not have to hide eroticism or sex, something so obvious, today seems to be in danger self-censorship and hooking off pictures of museums.
Let’s carry on dreaming in dark rooms with the most perverse and hidden, leaving as unknown which is the genre we got on our minds or below our hips.
Luis Royo & Romulo Royo
Women have no problem objectifying the bodies they desire. But every woman knows what it's like to be that object, to be reduced to a flat vehicle for someone else's fantasies instead of a person with sexual agency. We don't have an even playing field, and given the opportunity to express desire, whether for one's own body or someone else's, women perhaps have an easier time remembering what it's like to be the object.
Maybe someday we'll get to a point where all depictions of sexuality are this complex, with bodies on display for arousal or introspection, but not for ownership.
Elle – Jaya Saxena
According to exhibition curator, Jennifer Kabat, Vamps & Virgins exposed the secret history of the pin-up, which reflect the 20th century history and shows how the role of women has changed and their images have been employed for more than 100 years. “The development of the pin-up and its accompanying spread of scantily-clad ladies across American culture, from adverts and billboards to TV, is easily the most important event that impacted on women’s rights, the history of sexuality, and feminism over the last century,” Ms. Kabat said. “In this post-modern and post-Playboy world we are used to our models becoming self-aware, self-assured and as self-described feminists, but it wasn’t always the case.”
At its beginnings, erotic was far more explicit than contemporary images. Traded privately, these pictures have now a quaint feel with their couples (and threesomes, foursomes and more) sporting serious expressions and often matching outfits. Toned down as soon as the images spread to the population in postcards form, the model started to use the camp, shy expressions that are the genre’s hallmark, reaching her highpoint with Bettie Page. After Page, the style changed again, turning towards the explicit look of the contemporary centerfold.
Museum of Sex (New York)