Tuesday, February 23, 2010

More Love For The Brute Beauty of Samura Hiroaki

A brief return to Hitodenasi no KOI  (Love of the Brute; 2006), the Sadean masterpiece by Samura Hiroaki.

Easily one of the most confronting, aesthetically brilliant, potent works of the imagination I've ever seen, it contrasts idyllic images of youth with Bosch-like visions of horror, torture, and euphoria.

I've always admired artists who bring such finesse to such inflammatory subject matter.

Pieces like this demonstrate the raw power of uncompromised expression.

Sexual abuse often involves gross betrayal. Samura's work is rife with betrayal and the shattering of trust.

The theme was explored rigorously in his disturbing  Bradherley's Coach, a heartbreaking manga in which  the hopes and dreams of orphans are destroyed by an aristocratic patron.

The manga remains one of the most moving affirmations of life by virtue of its intense focus on the taking and abuse of it.

Samura's art depicts a world of carnal nihilism in which the appetite of one is satisfied at the expense of another --  certainly not a theme foreign to any of us living in economies driven by the accumulation of capital.

The modern artists I'd most closely associate Samura with in terms of their aesthetic are de Mullotto (see separate blog) and Frenchman Antoine Bernhart (see separate blog also), two creators of extraordinary visions of sexual psychosis.

Samura also shares company with Toshio Saeki, Suehiro Maruo, Hideshi Hino, and Robert Bishop.
A stunning piece from Antoine Bernhard

The work and courage of these brilliant artists celebrates the complexity and preciousness of life by illuminating its fragility.

de Sade's work continues.

1 comment:

  1. These are crazy gorgeous and kinda make me tingly ;) Brilliant stuff.