Sex kitten, sexpot, nymphette, Lolita – there are a lot of words that can be used to describe Amy Hood. However, this 21st century pin-up model proves that there may be more under the hood than meets the eye. Yes, blondes probably have more fun, but Amy Hood is proof positive that they can be smart and have a keen curatorial eye too. In Jonathan Leder’s photographs, she plays a recurring role – amidst a world that looks painted with grey cigarette smoke, a splash of floral curtains and an under layer of Lee Hazelwood on an old AM radio. This time around, Hood both opens her legs and her mind to both model and curate the second volume of Leder’s Fetishisms Manifesto, which is a brilliant pastiche of 60s pin-up magazine and the photographer’s own naughty fantasies. In this interview, Amy Hood talks about her favorite fetishes (hint: she likes being spanked) and her many roles besides being just another model. [SEE MORE AFTER THE JUMP...]
It’s easy to have impure thoughts when looking at Betty Tompkins’ large-scale photorealistic renditions of pierced clitorises, double penetrating phalluses, macro coital embraces and all manner of twisting and sinuous tongues taking turns on the human anatomy. Indeed, this is art with benefits. Starting with her first Fuck Painting in 1969, Tompkins has been exploring and confronting a black-bar culture that censors any reminder that our most basic instincts are to inseminate and to be inseminated. Right now you can catch Betty Tompkins’ Kiss Paintings at 55 Gansevoort until December 15th. In this short interview, Betty talks about smuggling porn, the inception of her Fuck Paintings, and some of the strange reactions people have had to her work. [READ MORE...]
Model and performer Catherine Anderson, otherwise known as Milk, in Future Eyes. Pick up a pair of Future Eyes on the Pas Un Autre store.
This is a must see and rare experience. Playwright Fredrica Duke shares 24 outrageous, irreverent and laugh-out-loud stories that propel the audience back in time to the sexual revolution. From her public lawn schtup, to being totally desensitized by the overuse of her Hitachi vibrator. This one-woman show recalls an era when anything and everything was possible. In My Own X-Rated Words will run from November 6 to December 18, 2014 at the Lounge Theater in Los Angeles, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. You can buy tickets here.
Diane has a problem. Prescription pills used to ease the temptation. But like pause buttons worn low, meds no longer suppress the fire inside. Pitch black memories Diane formerly repressed are now drawn into the destructive light. And the clock ticks on a spiral of promiscuities that will immolate her. Desperate for a solution, any solution, Diane consults a psychotherapist. His track record is stellar yet his method is strict. He recommends permanently exhausting Diane’s carnal neurosis. Each unruly session will be recorded and subjected to scrutiny. Diane’s therapist promised a cure. Instead he unlocked their sickness. To traverse the nightmare, Diane must push her body to the brink. You can stream the entire film here.
Although they have been around for the past few decades, hyper-sexual music videos hit another level in 2013. For years, rap music carried a huge weight on its shoulders for its depiction of women especially. But these sexed-up images trickled more into the mainstream in 2013 and it was explored halfway through the year in a solid article over at CBC Music. [READ MORE...]
The ever provocative Chinese photographer Ren Hang is having a solo show in Malmo, Sweden. Read our interview with Ren Hang here. In Addition to Sleep will be on view until May 25 at Galleri Vasli Souza, Gustav Adolfs Torg 10B, Malmo, Sweden.
Great collection of pornographic poetry by Pierre Louÿs and illustrations by Toyen. “Possibly the filthiest collection of poetry ever published.” First published in 1927, Wakefield Press releases the first English translation of the work. Pybrac is out now on Wakefield Press.
A little more than a year after the first issue, Animae takes it up a notch with issue two – lots of beautiful fashion, photography, art – all on beautiful paper and a pastel wash of just the right amount sexuality. This magazine should be on your coffee table too. [CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE PHOTOGRAPHS]