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A Polaroid Project by
Edited by Han Boersma,
Bookconcept and Design:
160 pages, 12 x 16 cm
Some individuals of delicate sensibilities find erotic art offensive, shocking, and outrageous. But as Terence famously said, "Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto." ("I am a human; nothing that is human is alien to me."). For some reason certain varieties of human eroticism disturb some people more than even violence and cruelty do. I often wonder why people care about the sexual behavior of other people. Are their lives so devoid of purpose that they have the time to rage about something that has nothing to do with them?
As I wrote in another book on the erotic arts:
The mark of great art is that it is forever fresh and forever rewarding.Unlike pornography, which can lose its erotic charge upon subsequentviewings and necessitate the need for fresh, new examples, true erotic art,regardless of how often it is viewed, remains aesthetically compellingand sexually stimulating. The captured erotic instant must be so caughtthat the fire of passion burns through time and circumstance - just as itdoes in the Barberini Faun or Rodin's similar fauness, Iris, messagèredes Dieux, in Rembrandt's etchings, in Courbet's L'Origine du monde,the watercolors and drawings of Schiele, in Modigliani, Pascin, Balthus, Belmer, and other masters of the erotic.
This is the kind of work that Han Boersma celebrates and exhibits in his RAW ART gallery: authentic ART charged with the sexual shock and thrill.