So I went to his website, FintonSculpture.com, to see if his work was any good. Well, his craft is good. But some of his subject matter left me scratching my head.
When it comes to nudity in visual art, I'm usually much more "liberal" than most other Christians I know. Taking figure drawing classes didn't bother me in college. Though I struggle with lust as much as the next guy, that atmosphere wasn't sexual at all for me.
But some of Finton's work seems to have crossed a line in my head. If I may think out loud here, when considering nudity in visual art I would probobably make three classifications: nude (in a classical sense), eros (yet still tasteful, what some people in the art world would probably call "naked" as opposed to "nude"), and then you've got the pornographic (just plain lewd).
The works that bother me seem to fall between eros and porn. One is particularly graphic in a sexual manner, but is odd because it lacks most of the bodies — it's very abstracted. This one probably bothers me most.
So anyway, now I've pretty much decided I don't want to stop there along the way. I'm just wondering what other people would do, and what you think of this guy's work, and what you think of my three classifications. Because in some ways I feel as though my aversion in this instance may be irrational???
Edited by Chashab, 25 July 2006 - 09:31 AM.