|—||John Waters, Shock Value|
the now controversial tyler shields portrait of lindsay lohan.
i sort of agree with salon.com: “[…] [A]n individual photographer, solely pursuing his own vision, has every right to dream up whatever scenarios strike his fancy. This Shields guy is into blood and pain and “Star Wars” characters. That’s his thing.
Art isn’t always easy or safe or unthreatening. It’s not all catchy covers of Katy Perry songs in prime time. And even if it’s great that the Morris photos will now be used to help women in crisis, they weren’t created to “raise awareness” or be “helpful.” Sometimes art is tough as hell. Sometimes it makes us angry, or reminds us of things that hurt. Sometimes it mixes up the sacred and the profane, the beautiful and the horrible. You can love it or hate it, but if you think its job is to not upset you, you’re missing the point. Sometimes, its job is simply to hit you right in the face.”
“I lay back a few feet from him. He didn’t seem violent, and the pictures were beautiful. Otherwise I might have been tempted to get out and away from such babbling. But the Illustrations…I let me eyes fill up on them. Any person would go a little mad with such things upon his body.”
I recently read and loved Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man and was compelled to draw a picture of the titular character.