A Different Angle

Bottom Line (Triptych), 2015 An Acrylic Painting by Artist Bill Rangel
Bottom Line, 2015
Triptych panels 36"W x 36"H each. Acrylic on canvas

After the SCOTUS ruling on same-sex marriage, there were voices of community leaders posted on The New York Times. One guy was a staunch opponent on the issue, but during the Prop 8 trials he had to debate a gay man, and they ended up becoming friends. He now understands his initial biases stem from his upbringing. He learned that gay people share the same dreams and desires as everyone else, and they only want respect after being marginalized unfairly by the greater society for so long.

My point in regards to this painting is that the lower half of the human trunk has mostly been considered off-limits, relegated to the porn files, or not taken seriously. Throughout art history, genitals hide behind carefully placed foliage or clothing, and in current culture, butts/anuses are fuel for jokes or used for shock value.

Though what happens in and around the lower trunk is the most polarizing of societal issues, for some reason we refuse to see it in anything but exploitative contexts like porn or comedy. Dominant powers diligently make efforts to prevent us from regarding the whole body as good, and they wish us to view it, especially the lower half, as shameful and rightfully subject to religious and governmental regulations.

But this view is finally coming undone, largely as the result of increasing LGBTQ visibility and the ability to see things, via the arts, from a different angle.

Bottom Line (Left Panel), 2015 An Acrylic Painting by Artist Bill Rangel
Bottom Line, 2015
Left panel 36"W x 36"H acrylic on canvas

Bottom Line (Middle Panel), 2015 An Acrylic Painting by Artist Bill Rangel
Bottom Line, 2015
Middle panel 36"W x 36"H acrylic on canvas

Bottom Line (Right Panel), 2015 An Acrylic Painting by Artist Bill Rangel
Bottom Line, 2015
Right panel 36"W x 36"H acrylic on canvas

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