Three examples of a series of six works.
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Ian Edmondson is a graphic artist based in Manchester, UK. He is a recent competition winner for his 'Porntone Universe' series of prints and his typeface 'Neue Ordnung' was chosen by Mute Records as a winner for the Singularity competition set by the legendary band New Order. His work is often starkly two dimensional in execution but has much depth in the terms of content or message. Codes or hidden messages are often present within his work. Graphic reduction and rhythm as well as travel are to be found in much of his work.
Rejecting Echo Series
For many, the porn industry represents an archaic and outmoded view of women. It continues to promote an ideology of objectification and submission which is considered anti-progressive. There is concern that by normalising sex and subjugating the actors, porn and pornographic art may go as far as to encourage sexual violence. In the case of these works, the subject is not to be considered submissive as they are captured recording themselves, via the medium of the 'selfie'. Art often acts as a mirror to the culture of its time. As our attitude towards sex becomes more inclusive, art continues to include sex in its canon with increasing, although tentative, acceptance. Where James Joyce saw his novel Ulysses 1922, banned for 10 years due to ‘explicit’ passages, and Egon Schiele served jail time for producing erotic drawings; we now see sex becoming a relevant and provocative conversation within contemporary art. It would seem many in these modern times would not view pornography as a submissive act at all, but as a way to express themselves - feeling quite happy to nacissistically photograph themselves nude and upload their pictures for the whole world to see.