This day I got warned by a Reddit group moderator to tag my roundism art work as ‘NSFW’ (Not Safe For Work). That almost exclusively means ‘including nude’: as if one should look at social media or nudity when working at all! Who gets this idea? This having said, it is unbelievable that, when at work and one accidentally should see nude, safety would be threatened. Even my oil painting ‘The Revelation of Bettie Page (2018)’ has been considered to be NSFW on occasion.
I immediately linked it to a discussion last week we had in the Netherlands on nudity, refreshed by Degas’ Bathing Nude and questioned by Van Gogh Museum’s new director Emilie Gordenker. How the hell can people reconsider nudity and attempt to cast it out of the realm of art!
Therefor I terminated my membership of that specific Reddit group and order every zealous prune or religious fanatic to reconsider themselves! Shame on you! There is a lot of work to do for artist like me, battling against the acceptance of f.e. pink uzis for young U.S. children and the domination of safe pet, horse and still life kitsch doodles on social media, displayed a million times per day.
Therefore this very abstract nude. Honi soit qui mal y pense.
Graphite pencil drawing (Sakura 0.5 mm, 3B) on Canson Bristol paper (21 x 29.7 x 0.1 cm) – A4 format)
Artist: Corné Akkers