Pornography has become ubiquitous but yet taboo in our society. Supposedly everyone watches it. It influences our films, media, art, even who our celebrities are. But yet admitting to enjoying, owning, or producing porn is still taboo.
Walking into a mainstream gay bar in Manhattan, I have been confronted by pornography playing on video screens over the bar at happy hour. Men and women coworkers are enjoying after work drinks while overhead hardcore porn plays. Its used as a way to signal this bar somehow edgy even though the primary clientele is decidedly not.
If porn’s influence on our body image is so prevalent that a salon on the upper east side is now offering after school discounts on teenage Brazilian waxes, then why is it taboo to discuss owning Asses of Fire or subscribing to barebackvids.com?
These quilts normalize porn and the associated extremes of sexuality to the point making them mundane. Taking the evolution of porn from private vice to home decorating, it inverts the taboo. It is no longer undiscussed because it is filthy, it is now undiscussed because it has reached a saturation point and becomes background noise. The opposite of taboo is not always widely discussed, sometimes its just apathy to discussion.
Each quilt is made from custom designed and printed textiles.
All quilts 100% cotton with cotton batting and sewn by the artist.