REXWORLD

50 years of homo-masculine history through the eyes of REX, the most important living artists in our community. Darklands hosts the retrospective of the artists’ most important work throughout the years, selected by REX himself.

REX ABOUT DARKLANDS

It was most interesting seeing the layout of the “DARKLANDS space" allotted to me. I love that really the work will be decentralized as I first imagined - spread out all over the place - so no matter where you go you can't "escape me" (every artist's dream, eh Rembrandt?). The bar idea is so wonderful! And the darkroom area also using only my prints dimly lit for the orgy room [REX arena]. Glad you like using the PALADIN FILE*1 art also—I have to retouch it a bit--no faces, just some small white specs that between the faces so they read better.

I might also add - it may not be obvious to you as you seem to view this as "art" - that this work has always been designed with its target audience in mind. So far you have only seen it as it was NEVER meant to be seen: by the cold harsh sober light of day in non-sexual atmospheres and settings. It's amazing that it has still held such interest even when stripped of its raison d'etre; like a fish out of water. But you have never seen this work when crazed out of your mind with a hard on. Then it takes on what it was designed for, and the fact "all barriers" to its sober perception as repulsive and disturbing scenes of bestiality, pedophilia and urology transform themselves into living obsessions that can not be resisted by viewers who may NEVER before allowed their minds to be confronted visually with desires they have long repressed.

The fact they have a hard-on when viewing this material makes them more likely to surrender themselves to these images. Yes, this is pornography - sorry about that - and its purpose is to excite and arose sexually to the point of orgasm. Whether you think you like it or not. After alcohol does its work, all moral or intellectual resistance to this work fades - this work comes "alive" as you've never seen it before. Even for myself when viewing it stoned (Did I really draw this?). Sexual situations are its proper setting and purpose. And in this "darkroom area” at DARKLANDS these images being the only available soft light, people will be like sitting-ducks to the power of these images - inescapable - irregardless of whether they think they like this stuff or not. Their libidos will decide the issue for them. The Darklands organizers seem very much "on board" but we should keep rubbing their nose in how spectacular this could be if, they are only daring enough to keep thinking "outside the box" in promoting this once-in-a-lifetime show for both: them and myself. I can't imagine, I will EVER top this presentation we are mounting. I can die a happy - if poor - man after this. And after all, this is about the future and the future is always about the unexpected.

Read more on the REX exhibition at Darklands in the online guide here!