Friday, March 27, 2009
Boinking Presidents - Justine Lai Style
Bay Area artist, Justine Lai, is on a mission to screw every U.S. President in chronological order, dead or alive. Her latest score was 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant. If the images makes you uncomfortable, confused, turned on, pissed, empowered..., then Lai succeeded in her current evocative series Join Or Die.
I am interested in humanizing and demythologizing the Presidents by addressing their public
legacies and private lives
Lai has said of her intent. She asserts that "A power lies in rendering these patriarchal figures the possible object of shame, ridicule and desire, but it is a power that is constantly negotiated." She believes this can best be accomplished by interjecting herself into the art to face the same kind of scrutiny. Though presented in a lighthearted manner, Lai does hope it has a deeper impact (pun not intended). What do you think.?