Art or Obscenity?

Art or Obscenity?


On my last visit to Sweden a few months ago
I stumbled upon this art exhibition at a subway station I’m blurring it out because it’s so obscene
the exhibition could actually be illegal here in Singapore But in Sweden it’s the authorities who promote it The boundaries for what’s acceptable in public art are radically different in Sweden
from countries in East Asia Let’s take a look There isn’t any art in the subway here in Singapore but there’s often an exhibition along Orchard Road,
the main shopping streak Here’s one example from a few years back It shows a young female athlete in a delicate position but without crossing the line to obscenity Instead it celebrates beauty, skill, and accomplishment These examples are also from Orchard Road There is something about all of them that the average man of the street can appreciate and admire Swedish artists, at least those who get public funding, are far less interested in pleasing the public Take this object in a Swedish suburb and ask yourself: who was the artist trying to impress It certainly wasn’t the average man or woman
in the neighborhood It’s not that the art is abstract This sculpture from Singapore is also highly abstract but has a certain elegance and beauty to it
that is uplifting and inspiring Most public art is figurative though and often has an historical motif such as this statue of an early feminist Speaking of feminism, let’s get back to the subway I’m not a lawyer,
but I think it would actually be an offense to hang these drawings on a wall in Singapore I wasn’t sure if just posting them on YouTube
would get me in trouble which would make it kinda hard to report on it But as far as I can tell from the legal text
It should be okay To summarize: obscene in relation to a film means a film that tends to deprave or corrupt the audience I doubt you’ll be corrupted,
so let’s remove the blur effect The drawings depict women having their period,
lesbian love, and hairy legs It’s actually pretty standard for the kind of art that gets public funding in Sweden nowadays or other support from government organisations It’s just the placement that is unusually prominent Another example is an adaptation of
the SCUM Manifesto by Valerie Solanas the author of this intensely hateful rant against men Actually tried to kill a famous artist Andy Warhol But the hateful content didn’t stop Swedish authorities from funding performances of it or schools from sending kids there Maybe you’re thinking that I must have cherry picked
a single extreme incident But the SCUM Manifesto is actually a darling of the Swedish establishment Of course there is less provocative art too and lastly there is art in East Asia that
wouldn’t get funded in Sweden not with public money I took these pictures in Hong Kong
about three years ago A Korean artist held an exhibition with sculptures of people who were radiantly happy in traditional gender roles That wouldn’t sit well
with the current establishment in Sweden Who should decide what’s art and what’s just obscene? And what do you think? Speak your mind in the comment section below

10 thoughts on “Art or Obscenity?

  1. Public art should follow democratic principles. If a majority of the public don't feel that a particular piece brings some small added value to their lives, a different work should be chosen.

  2. Great video pinpointing the cultural degeneration in Sweden, especially through the influence of the tax funded public sector. I also watched this video today "Why is Modern Art so Bad?" from PragerU which talks about the general degeneration of art in western society. I recommend that you watch it Stefan if you haven't already. Only 5 minutes, like all PragerU videos.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNI07egoefc

  3. western societies are S.C.U.M and are fully retarded. You give government money in taxes and they waste it on shit like this? fuck em

  4. love the contrast, having a hard time looking up any real information about sweden. Thanks for being a voice.

  5. Art and obscenity is a very interesting topic. As someone that regularly draws and shares my art, I find it to be a particularly interesting topic. I think that art is a manifestation of thought and speech. The only possible way that I can see art being obscene is if it encourages it's target audience to think or do harmful things.

  6. Again, thank you for raising some thought worthy issues/questions. Iā€™m too incompetent to articulate succinctly in words. Perhaps one day if our paths should cross, it would be awesome to chat. Do you still live here in Singapore?

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