As a follow-up to this week's Nocturnal Mockery story, here are some extras from my interview with featured artist Rafa Jenn.
On his provocative "Pin-Ups" series: “I had always been interested in the human form. In college, I think I had said that I would never — I was probably on some high soapbox — do anything that was close [to] or resembled pornography. I think you sort of absorb that being in art school, that there’s a big difference between art and pornography without even realizing it …
"In the United States, I think sexuality is kind of repressed. And so we come obsessed with it because it is repressed and there’s a super-strong undercurrent with pornography — like, the majority of the bandwidth we use is for pornography, but it’s rarely talked about. So I just decided to totally delve into it and check it out and this is what I came up with in the end, these racy images which seem pornographic, but aren’t quite pornographic.”
View the "Pin-Ups" and other works by Rafa on his Web site rafajenn.com. And when you're finished staring, check out his profile page for links to great image and design blogs like FFFFOUND! and Notcot.org.