Foto door Rink via SFBAYTIMES
Kunst is vaak omstreden. De gehaakte penissen van Jack Davis zijn geen uitzondering als je zou denken gezien het onderwerp. Gelukkig is deze man ligt in de zeer vergevingsgezind stad San Francisco waar zijn kunst niet zoveel wenkbrauwen als het misschien op andere gebieden. Ik hoorde over zijn werk, want hij heeft een galerie toont in San Francisco bij de Magneet in de Castro dat duurt tot eind februari. Ik wist niet dat pas na de receptie en heb het nog niet gezien, maar hoop om het te controleren voordat u het sluit.
Over Jack Davis
Hoewel mijn eigen bewustzijn van de gehaakte kunstwerk van Jack Davis is nieuw, werk van de kunstenaar is niet. He has been making crocheted penises since the 1970′s. De SF Bay Times has a good article about the history of his work. Some highlights about Jack and his work:
- Davis got a Masters Degree in art with a focus on fiber art. Crocheted penises were part of his graduate show. What’s really interesting is that he was doing this work as a gay man at a time when fiber arts were dominated by women. Apparently many of those women were claiming their feminine power with fiber works of female genitalia which is what got him interested in crocheting penises. He hoped it would make men feel good about themselves.
- Davis’s first California show was in 1983. It was of his crocheted penises. It was held at Good Vibrations, the adult store that remains a popular place for art openings to this day. He has had many other shows in the SF Bay Area since.
- Davis has made and sold his work since 1975. He doesn’t have an exact number of crocheted penises that he’s sold but it’s several hundred and possibly in the thousands.
- One interesting fact about his work is that he’s faced discrimination as a male artist who does crochet work. The article in the SF Bay Times relates a great story: “I once accidentally stabbed my finger with a very fine gauge crochet hook. Joe, my boyfriend at the time and my roommate, Sue, took me to the hospital to have it removed. The emergency room staff could not take in the fact that I had been crocheting; they really wanted to believe that my female roommate had stabbed me with what they assumed was her crochet hook.”
More about the crocheted penises
This is certainly an interesting subject to take on as a crochet artist and to do repeatedly over the course of more than thirty years. Some things to know about the work:
- Davis used to do really large scale pieces that required a loom. He wanted to switch to simpler work requiring only a crochet hook. He still does some pieces that are large. His larger pieces can take several months to make. Echter, he primarily makes small crocheted penises that take about three hours each to crochet.
- Davis is a green artist at least some of the time, using found objects to create his artwork. He takes apart thrift store sweaters and uses the yarn to crochet with. He uses found objects to embellish some of his pieces.
- Davis uses many different types of yarn in his work. He likes cotton, silk and wool as well as synthetic yarns. He is willing to also crochet with nontraditional items like sewing thread and even colored telephone wire. Right now, hoewel, he’s preferring recycled silk as his yarn of choice.
- The penises have a drawstring in them so they can be used as containers. They are not, however, intended to be cozies or warmers for real men to wear. Davis doesn’t use models to show them off, either. He hangs them as art and stuffs them with plastic Easter eggs to put them on display.
My favorite examples of Jack’s crochet art
Here are some of the images of Jack’s work. It comes from the site of the photographer Mark I. Chester. I encourage you to check out the full site to see all of the work.
I’m intrigued by the choice of pink for the color here.
I love the photographer’s perspective on this photo of the crochet art!
Question of the day
Davis makes a really interesting point about the experience of crocheting the same item over and over again. He notes that there’s a challenge in creating the same shape and yet making it unique, something that you can see when the items are on display together in a gallery. The question is, what do you think would be the pros and cons of crocheting the same item over and over again for years?